Mary Crane

Editorial Coordinator


New York, NY

Mary Crane left in March 2006. Prior to her departure she was editorial coordinator for, helping to produce and edit the website’s daily news coverage and writing backgrounders. Prior to her work at the CFR, Mary was assistant editor for New York University’s Center for War, Peace, and the News Media’s news site, She has also worked at the Economist, coordinating the magazine’s executive conferences, and as communications officer for the London-based Association of Commonwealth Universities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in politics from New York University.


Analysis Brief

U.S. Challenges in South America

Secretary Rice and U.S. public diplomacy chief Karen Hughes travel to South America this week for the inauguration of Chile's first woman president, Michelle Bachelet. The trip could signal a new focus on South America, at a time when a growing number of leftist governments in the region pose questions for U.S. policies there.

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Sweig: Rice, Hughes Aim to Show Relations with South America "Not as Negative as they are Perceived to Be"

Julia E. Sweig interviewed by Mary Crane

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes prepare for their trip to South America, CFR Senior Fellow Julia Sweig says the United States must reevaluate its policies in South America. If Washington takes a broader view of the challenges South America faces, real progress could be made.

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Analysis Brief

Elections Add Fuel to Nigeria’s Fire

Nigeria’s political temperature continues to rise as moves to alter the constitution to extend presidential term limits stir protests across the country. The country is already beset by sectarian violence and ongoing clashes with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

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Analysis Brief

New Attacks Revive Civil War Fears

A string of attacks in Baghdad renew fears of sectarian civil war a week after the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Samarra. The continuing violence has forced a debate in Washington over U.S. troop levels in Iraq and threatens to delay the formation of a new Iraqi national-unity government.

See more in Religion; Iraq; Nation Building


Prendergast: International Pressure Needed to End Violence, Insecurity in Sudan

John Prendergast interviewed by Mary Crane

Millions of Sudanese continue to live in fear of violence because of the unsettled conflict in western Darfur. Also, a one-year-old peace deal ending a long civil war between Sudan’s mainly Muslim north and the animist and Christian south has still not produced a national unity government as planned. The International Crisis Group’s John Prendergast tells international pressure is needed for real change in Sudan.

See more in Sudan; Humanitarian Intervention

Analysis Brief

Debate Grinds On Over Darfur

The three-year conflict in Darfur continues as the United Nations prepares to send a peacekeeping mission to replace the ineffectual African Union (AU) presence in Sudan. Human rights advocates say the Darfur situation highlights the international community's inability to protect civilians when their governments are unable or unwilling to help.

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Analysis Brief

Ugandan Vote Tests Democracy

As Uganda votes in its first multi-party elections in twenty-five years, President Yoweri Museveni rejects allegations he is abusing power and intimidating his opposition. His critics warn such power politics may undo much of the progress Museveni made since coming to power twenty years ago.

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Uganda's Presidential Elections

Author: Mary Crane

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's decision to run for a third term in the February 23 presidential election—which he is expected to win—the imprisonment of his main political rival, and the festering conflict between government forces and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, have aroused international concern.

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Analysis Brief

Bird Flu Makes Gains

The deadly H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus has now crept well into Europe—infecting birds in Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Denmark—and now also threatens Africa. Experts are at a loss over how to best tackle what could be an imminent global pandemic.

See more in Public Health Threats and Pandemics; Global

Analysis Brief

A Conservative Win in Ottawa

Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has dethroned Canada's Liberal Party after thirteen years at the helm in Ottawa. But it won't be an easy ride for Prime Minister Harper, who didn't win enough votes for a majority in parliament. Harper will face a divided House of Commons as he pushes through his promised reforms—including improved Canadian-U.S. relations.

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Analysis Brief


Sudan's bid to chair this year's African Union Summit has brought fierce criticism from opponents who say Khartoum's human rights record would damage the organization's efforts at reform. Sudan continues to fight a bloody civil war and the government faces accusations of human rights abuse in its Darfur region.

See more in Human Rights; Sudan; Regional Security