Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

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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The G20 Takes a Step Back

Author: Steven Dunaway

The G20 finance ministers' agreement may have helped avert a global currency war. However, by potentially shifting the focus toward reducing external imbalance, there is a risk that policy adjustments needed to deal with imbalances among the major world economies will be neglected, writes CFR's Steven Dunaway.

See more in International Organizations and Alliances; Financial Crises; Global

Nigeria's Pre-Election Tensions

Author: John Campbell

Nigerian President Jonathan's mishandling of the aftermath of a lethal car-bomb incident could spell heightened regional tensions in the lead-up to elections early next year, says CFR'S John Campbell.

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Upping the Ante in China-Japan Clash

Author: Sheila A. Smith

The escalating dispute between Beijing and Tokyo about Japan's detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain is a challenge for Washington and raises concerns about Chinese maritime activities in the Asia Pacific, says CFR's Sheila Smith.

See more in China; Japan; Oceans

Difficult Talks for U.S. and Saudis

Author: Thomas W. Lippman

President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah's meeting on June 29 will include difficult conversations about the Middle East, where Saudis want to be convinced that the United States is serious about supporting a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says CFR's Thomas Lippman.

See more in Saudi Arabia; United States; Politics and Strategy