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April 12, 2013


Thatcher Knew That Foreign Policy Begins at Home

Richard N. Haass

Focusing solely on the domestic policies of the former prime minister does not do justice to Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy legacy, which is broader and more complex than many eulogists appreciate. Read the Op-Ed »

The Growing Tension Between Patents and Patients

Thomas Bollyky

The decision by India's highest court to reject the patent for the cancer drug Gleevec brings attention to the growing tension between pharmaceutical companies pursuing patents and developing countries seeking to make drugs more affordable. Read More on the Development Channel »


A Reality Check for the Pentagon's Budget

Carla Anne Robbins

Since the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon's budget has risen 45 percent in real terms, to $528 billion, and the Obama administration's proposal of $526.6 billion fails to make needed cuts. Excessive weapons programs, unnecessary Pentagon staff, and entitlements may all be areas that warrant strategic cuts. Read the Op-Ed »

Proof the U.S. Has Lied in Drone Wars

Micah Zenko

President Obama and senior officials of his administration claim targeted killings are limited only to officials, members, and affiliates of al-Qaeda who pose an imminent threat of attack on the U.S. homeland. But a recent analysis based on internal, top-secret U.S. intelligence reports demonstrates that the scope of targets has been much wider. It includes unidentified individuals described only as "foreign fighters" and "other militants." Read the Op-Ed »

The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Linda Robinson

U.S. special operations forces need to expand capabilities beyond manhunt raids like the one that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. The U.S. Special Operations Command should increase proficiency in training, advising, and assisting foreign security forces to help them defeat insurgent groups and terrorist organizations. Read the Council Special Report »


Tokyo Prepares for Pyongyang’s Worst

Sheila A. Smith

Despite remaining quiet during North Korea's recent threats, the Abe administration has announced preparations to defend Japan against possible attack. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Obama's Civilian Power Budget

Stewart M. Patrick

The Obama administration's budget request for the Department of State is frugal and strategic. The budget has been trimmed to reflect fiscal and political realities, yet it holds the line on critical programs and shifts funds to evolving U.S. priorities. Read More on The Internationalist »


An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

This week's podcast discusses the late Margaret Thatcher; Venezuela's upcoming election; and the World Bank and IMF spring meetings in Washington. Listen to the Podcast »

A New Containment Policy for the "Outliers"

Robert S. Litwak

North Korea's development of nuclear weapon capability and Iran's mastery of the nuclear fuel cycle make a rollback of their programs unlikely. The Obama administration has implied there is a pathway that would allow both to rejoin the community of nations, provided that they comply with international norms. Read the Interview »

Jesus Christ vs. Change in Venezuela

Julia E. Sweig

Venezuela's acting president Nicolas Maduro has been portrayed as the second coming of Hugo Chavez, but if elected, he will not be able to survive on Chavez's legacy alone. He will need to contend with the consequences of inflation, scarcity, homicides, and corruption.  Read the Op-Ed »

Why Abenomics Matters

Robert Kahn

The Bank of Japan's new monetary policy has allowed the yen to depreciate and deviates from its more tentative policies of the past. It also contrasts sharply with the European Central Bank's inadequate approach to ending deflationary pressures in Europe. Read More on Macro and Markets »

Gender Equality and Economic Growth in Brazil

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

World Bank research shows that closing the earning gap between Brazilian men and women could improve the country's long-run growth. Read More on the Development Channel »

Is the IMF Fighting for Social Justice in Egypt?

Terra Lawson-Remer

The International Monetary Fund's $4.8 billion loan package is contingent upon Egypt slashing fuel subsidies and replacing them with better-targeted social protections for vulnerable groups, as well as a more progressive tax structure.  Read More on the Development Channel »


April 14: Presidential Election, Venezuela
CFR Resources on: Venezuela »

April 19 - 21: IMF and World Bank Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C.
CFR Resources on: Global Economic Governance »

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At CFR's Washington office, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro discussed the integration of diplomacy and defense in meeting national security challenges. Watch the Discussion

An Interactive Look at U.S. Relations with China

This timeline surveys how U.S.-Sino relations have evolved since 1949, from tense standoffs to increasingly intertwined economies. View the Timeline


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