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CNN: If Russia Swallows Ukraine, the European System is Finished

Author: Timothy Snyder

"In Vienna, where I live, one also hears constant mentions of 1938. Austrians and other citizens of European Union countries are beginning to consider what the end of Ukraine might mean for their own European system. The point is not that Putin is like Hitler; the point is that the removal of a state from Europe has consequences for the continent."

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n+1 Magazine: Ukraine, Putin, and the West

"What role has the American intellectual community played in this saga, if any? Certainly we failed to prevent it. But there is more. For the past two years, since Putin re-assigned himself to the Russian presidency, we have indulged ourselves in a bacchanalia of anti-Putinism, shading over into anti-Russianism."

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Economic Development and the Tyranny of Experts

Speaker: William Easterly
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman hosts William Easterly, author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor and professor of economics at New York University, for a discussion about the prevailing approach to development; its shortcomings, namely the failure to prioritize individual rights in development; and opportunities for reform.

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UN Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

The UN Human Rights Council issued this report on Syria on November 23, 2011. It states that "gross violations of human rights have been committed by Syrian military and security forces since the beginning of the protests in March 2011." On March 4, 2014, the commission released its seventh report (A/HRC/25/65) and states that sieges of civilian areas are leading to mass casualties and starvation in Syria.

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Testimony

U.S. Alliances in Northeast Asia

Author: Sheila A. Smith

In her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Sheila A. Smith discusses the strategic importance of the United States' relationship with Japan and South Korea and how President Barack Obama can promote the importance of both bilateral and trilateral relations.

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U.S.-Cuba: American Public Opinion Today

Speakers: Glen Bolger and Julia E. Sweig
Introductory Speaker: Jason Marczak
Presider: Adriana Vargas

This roundtable presented and analyzed the results of a national, bipartisan poll conducted by the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, tracking public opinion and attitudes in the United States toward Cuba and U.S. policy toward the island.

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Economist: What's Gone Wrong with Democracy

"Democracy is going through a difficult time. Where autocrats have been driven out of office, their opponents have mostly failed to create viable democratic regimes. Even in established democracies, flaws in the system have become worryingly visible and disillusion with politics is rife. Yet just a few years ago democracy looked as though it would dominate the world."

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Ask CFR Experts

Why is the world unable to eliminate child- and sex-slavery?

Asked by Valiant Clapper, from University of South Africa
Author: Mark P. Lagon

A 2012 International Labor Organization study found that at least 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor and human trafficking. One quarter, or 5.5 million, are children. Of the 18.7 million in the private economy (minus the 2.2 million exploited by states or armed rebels), 4.5 million, are victimized primarily for sex.

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Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year.

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Fracking Revolution Transforming the Global Energy Landscape

Speakers: Dennis C. Blair and John Browne
Presider: Robert D. Blackwill

Increased petroleum production in the United States, fueled largely by recent technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has had a profound effect on the U.S. economy and global energy markets. CFR's Robert Blackwill sits down with Admiral Dennis Blair and former BP CEO John Browne to outline both the economic and geopolitcal implications of the current U.S. energy boom.

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