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The Problem With the Torture Report

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

Though the release of the executive summary of the Senate’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program is a worthwhile effort, this report will cover little new ground, Micah Zenko argues. Rather, a more public account, including interviews with torture victims and interrogation technique used by the Department of Defense, is needed. Zenko provides guidelines for and questions to think about while reading the report.

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Primary Sources

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Position Paper on the Matter of Jurisdiction in the South China Sea Arbitration

In 2013, the Philippines appealed to the United Nation's Convention on the Law of the Sea in settling claims to territory in the South China Sea. On December 7, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the Chinese government's response, arguing that the Convention does not apply to the dispute in the South China Sea.

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Article

NCDs and an Outcome-Based Approach to Global Health

Authors: Thomas J. Bollyky, Ezekiel Emanuel, Eric Goosby, David Satcher, Donna E. Shalala, and Tommy Thompson
The Lancet

Once thought to challenge only affluent countries, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of death and disability in low-income and middle-income countries. International efforts should focus on specific NCDs and risk factors that are prevalent in poor working-age (younger than 60 years) people in low-income and middle-income countries, and for which there are low-cost interventions that can be integrated with existing global health platforms.

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Op-Ed

Why the World Missed the Oil Price Crash

Author: Michael A. Levi
The Washington Post

The recent oil price crash came as a surprise to many observers due to several critical misconceptions about oil markets, writes Michael Levi. As for prices going forward, “only the reckless would bet with any confidence on one particular outcome.”

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DC Event: Launch of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force Report on the Emerging Global Health Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases

Speakers: Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Thomas E. Donilon, and Thomas J. Bollyky
Presider: Massimo F. T. Calabresi

Experts discuss the newly published Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)-sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases, which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends a practical, scalable strategy for intervention.

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Op-Ed

Rethinking Iran

Authors: Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh
The Washington Post

With the extension on the nuclear deal with Iran, Western powers would do well to reconfigure their assumptions on how to pressure Iran into a deal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. Instead of economic or diplomatic punitive measures, the United States needs a comprehensive and coercive strategy that would mend fences between the White House and Congress on the foreign policy front, strengthen alliances in the Middle East, and isolate Iran from its partners.

See more in Iran; United States; Nuclear Energy; Treaties and Agreements

Audio

DC Event: Launch of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force Report on the Emerging Global Health Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases

Speakers: Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Thomas E. Donilon, and Thomas J. Bollyky
Presider: Massimo F. T. Calabresi

Experts discuss the newly published Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)-sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases, which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends a practical, scalable strategy for intervention.

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Video

DC Event: Launch of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force Report on the Emerging Global Health Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases

Speakers: Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Thomas E. Donilon, and Thomas J. Bollyky
Presider: Massimo F. T. Calabresi

Experts discuss the newly published Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)-sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases, which assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends a practical, scalable strategy for intervention.

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Interactive

NCDs Interactive

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky
Producer: Andrei Henry

The gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are the everyday diseases -- heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory illnesses -- we understand and could address, but fail to take action against.

See more in Global; Diseases, Noncommunicable; Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Audio

Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East

Speakers: Ebrahim Moosa and Mona Yacoubian

Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Mona Yacoubian, deputy assistant administrator for the Middle East at USAID, discuss sectarian conflict in the Middle East at the American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Meeting, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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Audio

The Implications of Drones on U.S. Foreign Policy

Speakers: Micah Zenko and Sarah E. Kreps

Micah Zenko, CFR’s Douglas Dillon fellow in the Center for Preventive Action, and Sarah E. Kreps, associate professor of government at Cornell University, discuss the increased tactical use of unmanned aerial systems and the ramifications for U.S. foreign policy, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

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News Release

Noncommunicable Diseases in Developing Countries Emerging As a Global Health Crisis, Warns CFR Task Force

Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster, in younger people, and with worse outcomes than in wealthier countries. In 2013 alone, NCDs killed eight million people before their sixtieth birthdays in developing countries. A new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report and accompanying interactive look at the factors behind this epidemic and the ways the United States can best fight it.

See more in Global; Diseases, Noncommunicable