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Note: A previous version of The World This Week incorrectly referred to the use of “targeted assassinations.” It should have read “targeted killings.”

March 29, 2013


Seeking Daylight on U.S. Drone Policy

John B. Bellinger III

The State Department's former Legal Adviser provides an overview of U.S. drone policy and legal issues related to targeted killings. Read the Interview »

What is Behind North Korea’s Threats

Scott A. Snyder

The frequency and increasing intensity of threats by North Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong Un raise concerns that he might be more accepting of risks than his father, and that a miscalculation might drive a hair-trigger situation over the edge. Read the Op-Ed »


Cyprus's Bailout: Three Things to Know

Robert E. Rubin

The last-minute bailout of Cyprus exemplifies the fact that banking systems are often serious points of vulnerability in troubled countries. The eurozone has not yet developed a mechanism for dealing with banking problems, and the complicated, convoluted approach to Cyprus did not set a good precedent. Watch the Video »

Banks Reopen for Business, but What Now?

Robert Kahn

Policymakers in Cyprus and Europe have no clear roadmap for restarting the banking system and getting lending going without massive capital flight. The risks that the program will fail are high. Read More on Macro and Markets »

The Eurozone in Crisis

The eurozone's wealthiest members have called on weaker states to embrace strict austerity measures, inciting popular unrest and toppling governments in Portugal, Spain, Greece, and Italy. Yet in spite of a number of rescue deals agreed upon by EU leaders, the euro's future is still in question. Read The Backgrounder »


Between Barack, Bibi, and Tayyip

Steven A. Cook

Although the new Turkish-Israeli entente is clearly in the interests of both Israel and the United States, it is a bit harder to understand what is in it for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Perhaps Erdogan has calculated that he and his party are so popular that they no longer need the confrontation with the Israelis, which he has used to his political benefit. Read More on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Probing for Chemical Attacks in Syria

Gregory D. Koblentz

The success of a UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last week will depend on a number of factors, including unrestricted access to sites of the alleged attacks and medical examinations of the dead and injured.  Read the Expert Brief »


Economic Change on Mexico's Horizon

Shannon K. O'Neil

Mexico's new president is pushing through a sweeping package of economic reforms that could help the country become a major economic player. Enacting these reforms could bolster developing trade relations with the United States. Read the Interview »

Iran's New Year Challenges

Karim Sadjapour

At the outset of the Persian New Year, Iranian leaders will need to contend with international pressures due to Iran's nuclear program, the breakdown of the Assad regime in Syria, and the growing appeal of Iraqi Kurdistan to Iranian Kurds. Read the Interview »

Human Development, Inequality, and the BRICs

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Unprecedented economic growth in Brazil, India, and China can be attributed to proactive economic development policies, the tapping of global markets, and determined social policy and innovation, according to a UN report. But questions of equity and access will grow louder, even as this economic boom continues. Read More on the Development Channel »

Alarming Trends in Ivory Smuggling

Emily Mellgard

In 2008, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) made the controversial decision to auction off a 102 ton stockpile of African ivory to "Chinese and Japanese accredited traders." But that decision did not serve its goal of curbing illegal trade. Despite efforts to ban ivory sales until 2016, the reluctance of China and other states to make reforms leaves elephants at risk. Read More on Africa in Transition »

Funding Transportation in Virginia

Rebecca Strauss

Virginia should be lauded for making the compromises necessary to pay for long-term investments in transportation. It is replacing its previous gas tax with a percentage-based wholesale tax on gas and a revenue stream from the general sales tax. Read More on Renewing America »


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Willem H. Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup, discussed break-up risk, sovereign debt restructuring, austerity, and growth in the Eurozone. Watch the Meeting

Mexico’s Prosperous Future

In Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies Shannon K. O'Neil says the widespread notion that Mexico is little more than a dangerous place overrun by brutal drug lords distorts the truth about America's southern neighbor.


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