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Council on Foreign Relations State and Local Officials Bulletin
May 2013

May 2013

Resilient American Values

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A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center finds that despite an extended period of economic difficulty, Americans' core values remain constant and beliefs about economic opportunity continue to be largely optimistic. In this CFR report, authors Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Global Attitudes Project, and Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, point to data showing that Americans believe the nation is capable of solving its own problems, even if public policies fail to promote economic opportunity.

Listen to Andrew Kohut discuss the report on a recent State and Local Officials Conference Call Here>>


New Book Highlights America's Energy Opportunity

Energy expert, CFR Senior Fellow, and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Michael A. Levi, offers an intricate portrayal of the rapidly evolving American energy landscape in his new book The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future. Levi traces the origins of the U.S. energy debate and speculates on the consequences the changing energy landscape will have on the nation's economy, security, and environment. Click Here to Order the Book.

A Powerful Voice for Women Around the World

In a New York Times op-ed, Isobel Coleman discusses Hillary Clinton's legacy as former secretary of state. Coleman lists structural changes Clinton implemented to ensure that a focus on women's rights continues long after her departure. Read the Room for Debate Op-ed »

America's Best Options in Syria

Looking at our options in Syria, CFR's Gregory Koblentz concludes that the best approach to the conflict in Syria will require the United States to push for UN sanctions, indict Assad, and put pressure on Russia. Read more »

U.S. Broadband Policy and Competitiveness

In our increasingly digital world, rapid and reliable access to the Internet is essential, and some experts fear the United States is falling behind other developed nations in broadband adoption and performance. This Backgrounder looks at a range of issues tied to digital infrastructure, including the importance of emerging technologies and international competitiveness.
Reference the Backgrounder »

Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States

CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden and former Department of Homeland Security officials Bryan Roberts and John Whitley examine the effectiveness of the resources being devoted to immigration law enforcement. For Alden, Roberts, and Whitley, until federal agencies release detailed data on indicators such as apprehension rates for unauthorized border crosses or the estimated number of successful illegal entries, Congress cannot accurately measure whether a reasonable level of border security is achievable. Read the Report »