Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

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

Chernobyl's Lessons for Japan

Author: Laurie Garrett

While many questions remain about the problems at Fukushima nuclear plant, comparisons with the 1986 Chernobyl incident suggest Japan's government is taking the right steps to mitigate radiation damage, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.

See more in Disasters; Japan

China's Revealing Five-Year Priorities

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

China's new five-year work plan has a familiar list of growth and energy targets, an emphasis on technology investments, and special concerns about resource constraints and corruption, says CFR's Elizabeth Economy.

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The Case for UN Peacekeeping

Authors: Micah Zenko and Rebecca R. Friedman

UN peacekeeping is a crucial U.S. partner in maintaining stability, but the Obama administration must take a more vigorous role in promoting it or risk losing support in Congress, write CFR's Micah Zenko and Rebecca Friedman.

See more in Peacekeeping; United States