Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

Author: Francis E. Warnock

U.S. lawmakers' brinkmanship over raising the debt ceiling could have prompted a series of moves--the downgrading of U.S. debt by Standard and Poor's being one--that could cause a selloff of U.S. securities and an end to the primacy of the dollar, writes CFR's Francis Warnock.

See more in United States; Financial Crises

Constitutional Stakes in Turkey's Election

Author: Steven A. Cook

There is little doubt Prime Minister Erdogan's AKP party will retain power in Turkey's June 12 elections. The focus will be on whether he uses his mandate to consolidate Turkish democracy under a new liberal constitution, says CFR's Steven A. Cook.

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Using Frozen Assets to Aid Libyans

Author: Stuart Levey

The Obama administration's plan to seize frozen Libyan assets and use them for Libyan aid is a dramatic, and probably unilateral, exercise of U.S. power that is likely to yield a relatively modest sum of money, says CFR's Stuart Levey.

See more in Global Governance; Libya; Sanctions