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Facebook, Google, and Online Privacy

Facebook and Google have aroused concerns about encroachments on privacy online, but media expert Jeff Jarvis says policymakers need to be careful not to overreact and encroach on the Internet's value as a public sphere and lifeline in closed societies.

See more in United States; Privacy; Social Media

Mixed Outlook for Mideast Proximity Talks

The"proximity talks" being conducted between Israelis and Palestinians probably won't lead to a final status agreement, say CFR experts Elliot Abrams and Steven A. Cook, but they could lead to the framework for a Palestinian state on the West Bank.

See more in Palestine; Religion; Israel

Boosting U.S. Growth with Trade

The Obama administration needs to do more to promote free trade and should get tough with intellectual property violators abroad, says the U.S. Council for International Business's Jonathan Huneke at World Trade Week.

See more in United States; Trade

Oil Spill's Ripple Effect

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is not just a problem to clean up, says CFR's Michael Levi, it has serious commercial implications for some oil firms and has dimmed the prospects of U.S. climate legislation.

See more in United States; Oil; Disasters

Volcanic Ash Clouds EU Economy

Iceland's volcanic disruption poses long-term problems for European airlines, says European economist Jacob Kirkegaard, and it could also depress the EU's overall GDP this quarter because of curtailed business travel.

See more in Iceland; Disasters

Kyrgyzstan Needs Return To Democratic Path

After a spasm of violent protests that caused Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital, the international community must push the new transitional government to set the country back on a democratic path, says CFR Central Asia expert Evan Feigenbaum.

See more in Kyrgyzstan; Regime Changes

Trade vs. Marine Conservation

Environmental politics expert Pamela Chasek says the failure to protect a number of endangered marine species from international trade under a global treaty underscores the continuing tensions between short-term needs and sustainable development.

See more in Trade; Oceans; Global

Energy Plan & Climate Bill: Tactical Link

Environmental economist Robert Stavins says Obama's energy plan is designed to make a climate bill more politically feasible, but he points out energy policy and climate policy often have different goals. Without cap-and-trade, it will be hard to meet the country's Copenhagen target, he notes.

See more in United States; Energy Policy; Climate Change

U.S.-Pakistan: Aligning Military Interests

The deaths of three U.S. soldiers in northwest Pakistan February 3 raised questions about military cooperation between the two countries. Pakistani security expert Hassan Abbas says while cooperation has been improving, on Afghanistan their interests are far from fully aligned.

See more in United States; Pakistan; Terrorism

Casting a Wider Internet

The United States is falling behind international competitors in Internet technology and innovation, says Yochai Benkler, an expert on Internet law. He says FCC reforms should focus greater access to Internet infrastructure.

See more in United States; Digital Infrastructure

Helping Haiti Beyond the Earthquake

Haiti's horrific earthquake is a setback for the country's slowly improving development, says Edward Luck, vice president and director of studies at the International Peace Institute. While international efforts are important, especially in providing relief, over the long-term, Haiti's development must be driven by Haitians, he says.

See more in Global Governance; Poverty; Haiti

Timely Rx: HIV Drug Patent Pool

CFR's Peter Navario says a new patent pool giving generic drugmakers access to branded drugs to help lower costs of HIV-AIDS treatments in developing countries is timely and necessary, but more still needs to be accomplished.

See more in Global; Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines