Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

Reforming the Muslim Brotherhood

Author: Ed Husain

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood needs to withdraw and reform if it's to become a viable political force in the years ahead. CFR's Ed Husain highlights a course for change.

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The Tobacco Problem in U.S. Trade

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky

The Obama administration has a tremendous opportunity to forge a new approach on tobacco that balances U.S. mandates on trade with its obligations to promote public health at home and abroad, writes CFR Fellow Thomas Bollyky.

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A Coast Guard for the Emerging Arctic

Author: Captain Peter Troedsson, USCG

As human activity intensifies in the Arctic, U.S. interests would be best represented by a reinforced Coast Guard, exercising the role it carries out in other coastal areas, writes CFR Military Fellow Peter Troedsson.

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What if Pakistan's 'Old Lion' Returns to Govern?

Author: Daniel S. Markey

Nawaz Sharif appears poised to return as Pakistan's prime minister, which would create new challenges for the country's already fractious politics and add strains to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, writes CFR's Daniel Markey.

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