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May 31, 2013


Preventing Pharmageddon: Treatment Access for NCDs

Thomas J. Bollyky

The affordability of treatments for noncommunicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes is an ongoing challenge, particularly in middle-income countries. As litigation, trade tensions, and controversy mount, addressing the problem will require a global health transformation that focuses on low-cost interventions and patient-centered strategies. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »

Why a Saudi Virus Is Spreading Alarm

Laurie Garrett

The new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which has been circulating primarily in Saudi Arabia, has alarmed the global health community. But the ability to develop a treatment for the epidemic is being impeded by a concept known as "viral sovereignty"—the idea that deadly viruses are the property of sovereign nations. Read the Expert Brief »


The United States Should Go Big or Stay Home

Ray Takeyh

There is no easy solution or middle ground if the United States chooses to intervene in Syria. The intervention necessary to facilitate a decisive rebel victory would require more than no-fly zones and arms—it would require boots on the ground. Read the Op-Ed »

Send Weapons to Rebel Forces

Robert Danin

If the United States and the West wish to counter the many countries from the region already seeking to shape the outcome of this conflict, they must provide arms to Syria's rebels. These weapons would also strengthen non-jihadists and enhance Washington's leverage in the post-Assad Syria. Read the Op-Ed »

Will Assad Prevail?

Michael Young

Given Iran and Russia's strong support of the Syrian government and recent gains by President Bashar al-Assad's military forces, his regime may be prevailing in the country's civil war.  Read the Interview »


Pork and Politics: China's Growing U.S. Investment

Edward Alden

Shuanghui Group's announcement that it will buy U.S. pork producer Smithfield for $4.7 billion marks the largest acquisition of a U.S. firm by a Chinese company to date. The U.S. government's management of the deal shows encouraging signs for both economies. Read More on Renewing America »


An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's podcast, Lindsay and McMahon discuss the Senate immigration bill, Cuba's new Internet policies, and the Asia Security Summit. Listen to the Podcast »

Why Does Summer Bring Higher Gas Prices?

Michael A. Levi

Even if the United States became energy independent, gasoline prices would likely remain high. The best way to cut energy costs is to reduce oil consumption. Read the Op-Ed »

A Coast Guard for the Emerging Arctic

Captain Peter Troedsson, USCG

As the Arctic becomes a theater for greater international cooperation and potential competition, the U.S. Coast Guard—the nation's longtime maritime constabulary and maritime emergency services provider—will lead U.S. interagency efforts in the region. Read the Expert Brief »

Africa's Economic Boom

Shantayanan Devarajan and Wolfgang Fengler

Sub-Saharan Africa's GDP has grown 5 percent per year since 2000 and is expected to grow even faster in the future. Although pessimists are quick to point out that this growth has followed increases in commodities prices, the success of recent political reforms and the increased openness of African societies give the region a good chance of sustaining its boom for years to come. Read More on »

Should the Fed Calibrate Asset Purchases to Economic Data?

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker

U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's announcement that the Fed will consider recalibrating the pace of asset purchases is concerning. Given the volatility of employment activity throughout the economic recovery, the Fed should reconsider this strategy. Read More on Geo-Graphics »

Question of the Week

Stephen Winningham asks: Is it true that arming rebels has little or no record of success in modern history? "Actually, arming rebel groups has had a pretty good record of success," responds CFR's Max Boot. Read the Full Answer and Submit Your Question


June 3 - 4: Russia-EU Summit, Saint Petersburg
CFR Resources on: Russia and the European Union »

June 7: President Barack Obama to Meet With Chinese President Xi Jinping, California
CFR Resources on: China »

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At CFR's New York Headquarters, as part of the Presidential Inbox series, CFR Senior Fellow for Latin American studies Shannon K. O'Neil and Arturo A. Valenzuela discussed the major issues confronting the Obama administration in Latin America. Watch the Discussion

Replicating India’s Growth in Other Developing Countries

In their new book, Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries, economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya demonstrate how a pro-growth strategy was successfully deployed to reduce poverty in India.


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