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December 21, 2012


U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

Why do mass shootings occur more frequently in the United States than other democracies? This backgrounder examines other countries' gun control policies. Read the Backgrounder »


Japan's New Legislative Balance

Sheila A. Smith

In a major electoral comeback, Japan's conservatives have won a supermajority in parliament, but the results have stirred anxieties about how they will use their power. Read the Expert Brief »

Japan Elects Record Number of Freshmen Legislators

This week's election brought 119 first-time legislators from the Liberal Democratic Party into the national parliament. They made an impressive showing, but these days freshmen legislators tend not to hold on to their seats very long, so their impact is uncertain. Read More on Asia Unbound »

South Korea's Presidential Stakes

Scott A. Snyder

Under its newly-elected leader, conservative Park Geun-hye, expect South Korea to seek a restoration of inter-Korean dialogue as well as joint economic projects and the provision of humanitarian aid to North Korea. Read More on Asia Unbound »


The Top Global Hot Spots in 2013

The Center for Preventive Action (CPA) has released the fifth annual Preventive Priorities Survey, which ranks conflict prevention priorities for U.S. policymakers in 2013. In a video, CPA Director Paul Stares highlights three of the top priorities: intensification of Syria's civil war, concerns about an Iranian nuclear crisis, and a major military incident involving China and the United States or one of its Pacific allies. Watch the Video »

Preventing Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Paul B. Stares

To reduce the risk that chemical weapons will be used in Syria, a variety of preventive steps should be taken by the U.S., NATO, and other third parties. These include public warnings, the securing of loose weapons, information warfare, and preparation of military options. Read the Expert Brief »

Are Egypt's Officers Muslim Brothers?

Steven A. Cook

Because Egypt's military has stayed mostly on the sidelines during recent unrest, some observers have concluded that senior officers are sympathetic to President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. But there are probably other reasons why the Ministry of Defense signaled its intention to remain in the barracks. Read More on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

The Holes in Homeland

Richard A. Falkenrath

Showtime's blockbuster TV series "Homeland" provides a captivating snapshot of homeland security operations, but in its depiction of U.S. agencies tracking down and apprehending terrorists, the series misses the mark. Read More on »


Special Edition: The World Next Year Podcast

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon preview major world events in the coming year: Weak global economic growth; U.S. efforts to restore its fiscal house; power struggles simmering across the Middle East; acceleration of the troop drawdown in Afghanistan; sovereignty disputes raising tensions in East Asia; and the continuing battle over Internet freedom. Read more »

Chinese Cybersecurity: Five Trends to Watch in 2013

Adam Segal

Next year, the United States can expect a cyber trade conflict, new threats--like malware targeting smartphones and other mobile devices--and new cybersecurity institutions from China. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Bernanke—the Rebel with a Cause

Sebastian Mallaby

The bond-buying plans announced by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke this week are risky, but the costs of inaction outweigh the risks. Read the Op-Ed »

Is Student Debt the Sequel to the Housing Crisis?

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker

The rapid rise of the federal government's student debt liability resembles the mortgage bubble. Will federal student debt--projected to reach 1.4 trillion dollars by 2020--become nationalized, like U.S. housing debt? View the Geo-Graphic »


December 21: Russia-EU Summit, Brussels
CFR Resources on: Europe/ Russia »

December 31: Mandate of the UN Mission in Golan Heights to Expire
CFR Resources on: The United Nations »

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Daniel Deudney and John Ikenberry discuss their IIGG Working Paper, Democratic Internationalism: An American Grand Strategy for a Post-Exceptionalist Era with David Brooks and Stewart M. Patrick. Listen to the Discussion

Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, and Gayle Lemmon speak about how to involve more women in the peacekeeping process. Watch the Discussion

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