Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

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.

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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.

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Author: Steven Dunaway

China's exchange rate policy will dominate the economic dialogue between the United States and China during President Hu's state visit to Washington. There's scant hope differences can be resolved, says CFR's Steven Dunaway.

See more in China; International Finance; United States