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February 1, 2013


Clinton: America Needs a New Architecture for the New World

Hillary Rodham Clinton

In her final address as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton discussed American leadership and the need for the U.S. to reshape diplomacy in a world where the levers of influence are changing. Watch the Video of the Speech at CFR »

Shultz: Sovereignty Is Not What It Used to Be

George P. Shultz

The former secretary of state discussed foreign policy during his tenure in the Reagan administration and current challenges facing the U.S. He called for the Obama administration to outline a strategy for fostering Egyptian democracy and securing biological and chemical weapons in Syria. Watch the Video »


Five Years Later, Five Big Challenges Remain

Edward Alden

As Congress renews efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, new legislation should create a system of workplace enforcement that does not impose big burdens on small employers. A realistic approach to border security and legal immigration quotas is also needed. Read More on Renewing America »

Immigration's Five Biggest Myths Debunked

Shannon K. O'Neil

After the 2012 presidential election, the United States has a rare opportunity to fix its broken immigration system. The arguments against reform no longer hold up. Read More on Latin America's Moment »

A Primer on the Debate

Ongoing arguments over U.S. immigration policy play out against concerns about curbing illegal immigration, changing demographics, and maintaining the country's global competitive edge.  Read the Backgrounder »


Will Egypt's Military Intervene Again?

Steven A. Cook

The Egyptian military secured a good deal for itself when President Mohammed Morsi took over, but that doesn't mean it has taken its role in the political system off the table. There are indications that top military commanders are worried about recent unrest and have at least contemplated intervention. Read More on From The Potomac to the Euphrates »

Struggling With Free Speech in Egypt

Isobel Coleman

Although yesterday's meeting of Egyptian opposition leaders was admirable, it does not change the reality that Egypt is being pulled apart by radically different visions of the future on core issues, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the role of women in society, and the role of religion in the legal and political system. Read More on Democracy in Development »

How Libyan Weapons Fueled Mali’s Violence

Isabella Bennett and Stewart M. Patrick

The recent surge in violence in once-stable Mali is a direct function of NATO's "light" intervention in Libya. Weapons stockpiles left insecure after the conflict in Libya ended have travelled into the hands of terrorists in Mali. Now, the French mission in Mali must secure the country's border and arms caches. Read More on The Internationalist »

For the United States, Arab Spring Was a Mirage

Seth G. Jones

The Arab uprisings of 2011, once a great source of hope for democracy enthusiasts, have given way to sectarian clashes and political instability. The Middle East has not yet shed its authoritarian yoke, and the United States needs a policy that reflects that reality. Read More on »


An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss the upcoming EU meeting to discuss the situation in Mali, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo, and elections for Cuba's National Assembly. Listen to the Podcast »

Political Pivot in Israel

David Makovsky

U.S. officials were pleased by the surge of votes toward the center in Israel's recent elections, and by the likelihood that newspaper columnist and radio host Yair Lapid is destined to play a major role in the new government. Read the Interview »

Bridging the U.S.-Cuba Divide

Julia E. Sweig

The Cuban government's easing of travel restrictions last month marks another sign of its commitment to reforms and changing sentiments in Havana. With the upcoming parliamentary elections next week, Washington should seize on such moves and initiate a new dialogue to begin solving the many problems that impede the normalization of ties between the countries. Read the Interview »

The Waning Potential for a Fiscal Bargain

Robert Kahn

A fiscal deal that addresses long term debt and partly restores the sequester cuts remains possible, though unlikely. Read More on Macro and Markets »


February 3: Parliamentary Elections, Cuba
CFR Resources on: Cuba »

February 5: EU to Host International Meeting on Mali, Brussels
CFR Resources on: Mali »

February 6 - 7: Islamic Summit, Cairo
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