What the editors of CFR.org are reading the week of April 26– May 2, 2014.
These days, the long-term role that nuclear power will play in the global energy market remains uncertain. That would have come as a surprise to the scientists and engineers who, during the 1950s and 1960s, pioneered the study of nuclear fission, built test reactors, and designed nuclear-powered airplanes and rockets.
So far, the year 2014 has been a tumultuous one, as geopolitical rivalries have stormed back to center stage.
Every year, wealthy countries spend billions of dollars to help the world's poor, paying for cows, goats, seeds, beans, textbooks, business training, microloans, and much more.
Capital in the Twenty-first Century. BY THOMAS PIKETTY. TRANSLATED BY ARTHUR GOLDHAMMER. Belknap Press, 2014, 696 pp. $39.95.
Research Links on Think Tanks on International Affairs provides directories, analysis of the functions, impact, and transparency of think tanks, and tools to search for think tank publications and events.
Required by U.S. law to be published by April 30 of each year, this State Department report is a "full and complete report on terrorism;" it includes descriptions of foreign terrorist organizations as well as regional overviews of countries considered state sponsors of terrorism.
In his testimony before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mark P. Lagon argues that the United States must focus on two areas of concern in the global fight against human trafficking: demand and the empowerment of survivors.
What the editors of CFR.org are reading the week of April 21–25, 2014.
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and /1Net organized NETmundial: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, which was attended by ministerial representatives of Argentina, Brazil, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey and United States of America, members of the European Commission, and members of the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Held April 23-24, 2014, the conference focused on creating principles of Internet governance to extend ICANN's work.
Iraq holds parliamentary elections; South Africa marks the twentieth anniversary of the end of apartheid; and the EU observes the tenth anniversary of its largest expansion.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, CFR's senior fellow for women and foreign policy, discusses global gender gaps with professors and students, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
Rachel Vogelstein moderates a conversation with Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Yasmeen Hassan, global director of Equality Now, about their ongoing research and the role of national and international legal systems in ending the practice of child marriage.
Despite President Obama's stated goal of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, it continues to hold dozens of detainees. Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security, Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, and CFR's Matthew Waxman join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of keeping Guantanamo open.
An intense international debate over who manages parts of the Internet's technical infrastructure is likely to feed a broader discussion of Internet-related public policy.
The roughly 2.5 billion people in the world who live on less than $2 a day are not destined to remain in a state of chronic poverty.
Since 1969, when the first bit of data was transmitted over what would come to be known as the Internet, that global network has evolved from linking mainframe computers to connecting personal computers and now mobile devices.
Conservation is for the first time beginning to operate at the pace and on the scale necessary to keep up with, and even get ahead of, the planet's most intractable environmental challenges
Global Crisis: War, Climate Change, and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. By Geoffrey Parker. Yale University Press, 2013, 904 pp. $40.00.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More