Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

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.

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Explaining the Salman Taseer Murder

Author: Ed Husain

The killing of Punjab's governor, Salman Taseer, was symptomatic of widespread religious intolerance and fanaticism in Pakistan, says CFR’s Ed Husain.

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Smarter Measures in Fight against Piracy

Author: Michael L. Baker

Somali pirates have been resilient against efforts to stop them, but a new approach that includes legal measures, controlling financial flows, building regional capacity and more could be the combination that defeats piracy, writes CFR's Michael Lyon Baker.

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