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May 10, 2013


America's Middle Class Wants Opportunity, Not Class Warfare

Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock

Despite an extended period of economic difficulty, Americans' core values and beliefs about economic opportunity and the nation's economic outlook remain largely optimistic. Read the Working Paper »


Doubts Over U.S.-Russia Push for Peace in Syria

Stephen Sestanovich

New plans for another global summit on the Syrian crisis represent modest progress, but the real question is whether the Kremlin is willing to withdraw support for the Assad regime. Read the Interview »

Can a Settlement End Syria's Agony?

Stewart M. Patrick

Given the brutality of the violence in Syria and the amount of effort required to maintain a negotiated settlement, the chances for an enduring peace appear slim. Still, the fact that the belligerents in Syria appear locked in a "mutually hurting stalemate" make this a ripe time for the U.S.-Russian initiative. Read More on The Internationalist »

America's Best Options in Syria

Gregory D. Koblentz

Though the evidence regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria is weak, it is worth considering policies the United States could pursue if it is confirmed. The United States can arm the rebels, push for UN sanctions, and indict Assad. But as long as Syria can depend on Russian support, the Assad regime has no incentive to de-escalate the violence. Read the Op-Ed »


Has North Korea Closed the Door to Diplomacy?

Scott A. Snyder

North Korea's closing of the Kaesong Industrial Complex and continued pursuit of its nuclear program have left the country without bargaining chips. The United States and South Korea will need China's support for a return to peaceful negotiation, but only with the understanding that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable. Read More on Asia Unbound »


An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's podcast, Lindsay and McMahon discuss Turkey's prime minister's visit to the White House; Israel's celebration of National Day while Palestinians mark al-Nakba; The Arctic Council's meeting in Sweden; and the Cannes film festival in France. Listen to the Podcast »

What If Pakistan's 'Old Lion' Returns to Govern?

Daniel S. Markey

Nawaz Sharif's likely return as Pakistan's prime minister could create new challenges for the country's already fractious politics and strain the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Read the Expert Brief »

Mr. Erdogan Visits Washington

Steven A. Cook

Given the differences between American and Turkish policymakers on Iraq, Syria, and Iran, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming visit to Washington may be mostly symbolic. Read More on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Why the GOP Should Follow Canada's Immigration Model

Edward Alden

Canada's Conservative party, which lost two of every three elections in the twentieth century to the Liberals, turned its fortunes by embracing immigration reform and Canada's immigrant communities. Its model could benefit Republicans in the United States, who have not decided what role they will play in immigration reform. Read the Op-Ed »

What Jihadists Thought about Boston

Shiraz Maher and Samar Batrawi

The reaction of the online jihadist community to the Boston bombing was unusually tepid. For many, the relatively small attack was simply a sideshow to bigger operations, most notably in Syria. For others, it was an uncomfortable indication of the global jihadist movement's real limitations in the West. Read More on »

Can China and the United States Cooperate on Cybersecurity?

Adam Segal

The Defense Department's annual report to Congress on developments in China demonstrates the depth of the U.S.-China divide on cyber issues. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Women and Sports in Saudi Arabia

Isobel Coleman

Though Saudi Arabia's decision to permit girls to participate in sports is limited to private schools, it could expand opportunity in an environment that has been hostile to women's sports. Read More on Democracy in Development »


May 11: General Election, Pakistan
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May 16: President Barack Obama to Meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Washington, DC
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May 16 - 17: China Nuclear Energy Conference, Beijing
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At CFR's Washington office, CFR President Richard N. Haass discussed his new book Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order. Watch the Discussion

At CFR's New York headquarters, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker discussed the U.S. economy and his career as a part of the HBO History Makers series. Watch the Discussion

At CFR's Washington office, Tibetan Prime Minister Sikyong Lobsang Sangay discussed Tibet's history, democracy, and separation of political and spiritual authority. Watch the discussion

America's Rapidly Evolving Energy Landscape

In his new book, The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future, CFR senior fellow Michael A. Levi debunks the idea that the fight over America's energy future is a zero-sum game between old and new sources of energy, and urges the United States to embrace opportunities in old and new energy alike.


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