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Video segments with CFR fellows and other experts on vital foreign policy and national security topics.

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U.S. Government Shutdown: Three Things to Know

Speaker: Robert Kahn

A short U.S. government shutdown will likely have a limited effect on the economy but will be followed by a protracted debate over increasing the debt limit, which may result in the government's default on its debt and profound consequences for the U.S. and global economy, says CFR's Robert Kahn.

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Staying Safe in a Biology Revolution

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett explains the conundrum of dual-use research of concern (DURC), in which the same experiments that allow scientists to understand pandemics can also create dangerous pathogens. Combined with advances in synthetic biology and increasingly affordable technologies, there is the possibility for a true biology revolution.

See more in Health; Diseases, Infectious; Technology and Science; Biotechnology; Global

Cyprus's Bailout: Three Things to Know

Speaker: Robert E. Rubin

Cyprus's last-minute bailout deal highlights the vulnerabilities in the island nation's financial system, as well as the flaws in the eurozone's ability to effectively respond to banking crises, says CFR's Robert E. Rubin.

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Mexico's Drug War

Interviewees: Shannon K. O’Neil, Alejandro Hope, Stewart M. Patrick, and Laura Vargas

Despite its booming economy, Mexico continues to struggle with alarmingly high levels of violence linked to drugs and organized crime. This video primer examines the crisis and explores policy options for Mexico and the United States.

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Freedom in the World 2013

Speaker: Arch Puddington
Introductory Speakers: David Kramer and Mark P. Lagon
Panelists: Larry Diamond and Tamara Cofman Wittes

Arch Puddington presents Freedom House's "Freedom in the World 2013" report, followed by a discussion between Tamara Wittes and Larry Diamond. They discuss the text of the report, as well as the differences between democratic indicators within nations, regional trends, and the normative importance of the "Arab Spring."

See more in Human Rights; Censorship and Freedom of Speech; Global