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June 7, 2013


Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

John D. Negroponte, Samuel J. Palmisano, Adam Segal

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report warns that "escalating attacks on countries, companies, and individuals, as well as pervasive criminal activity, threaten the security and safety of the Internet." Recognizing that the ideal of an open and secure Internet is increasingly at risk, the Task Force urges the United States, with its friends and allies, "to act quickly to encourage a global cyberspace that reflects shared values of free expression and free markets." Read the Report »

Can Government Safeguard the Internet?

Michael V. Hayden

The United States government should support the private sector in cybersecurity, providing information on threats and clarifying what businesses can and cannot do to better protect their networks. Read the Interview »

U.S.-China Presidential Visit

A Historic Look at U.S. Relations with China

Since 1949, U.S.-Sino relations have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying diplomacy, growing international rivalry, and increasingly intertwined economies. This week's meeting between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping offers a path toward continued relations. View the Interactive Timeline »

How to Break the Stalemate

Elizabeth C. Economy

To ensure a successful meeting, Obama and Xi should not work toward agreement on their many areas of conflict, but instead start by acknowledging the growing success of mutual trade and investment. Read More on Asia Unbound »

A First Step Toward Norms in Cyberspace?

Adam Segal

When the two presidents meet, Obama is expected to bring up the matter of Chinese-based cyber attacks on U.S. businesses. Although Obama has options in terms of his approach—he could hint at sanctions, raise the norm of state responsibility for such attacks, or propose an economic argument—it is unlikely that any approach will lead to a concrete solution. Read More on Asia Unbound »


Keep Calm, Erdogan

Steven A. Cook

Turkey's moribund opposition will have a hard time capitalizing on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's missteps. Although his party's supporters are watching this week's protests with consternation, they are not tearing up their membership cards. Read More on »

Supporting Erdogan Helps Democracy

Ed Husain

The protests in Turkey stem from a country seeking a balance between its Muslim majority and its secular minority. Given the country's credibility as a modern Muslim democracy, the United States should support Erdogan by allowing him to navigate this domestic political challenge. Read the Op-Ed »

Hello, Susan Rice, National Security Adviser

James M. Lindsay

After it became clear that Republicans would block her nomination as U.S. secretary of state, Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration. This week, when Tom Donilon resigned his post as national security adviser, President Obama appointed her to succeed him. This primer provides insight into Rice's background. Read More on The Water's Edge »


An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's podcast, Lindsay and McMahon discuss Chinese president Xi Jinping's meeting with President Obama in California, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala's trip to Washington, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's testimony before the House budget committee. Listen to the Podcast »

Trying Too Hard With Iran

Ray Takeyh

Rather than disregard Tehran's rhetorical broadsides as disingenuous statements, the United States should ask whether Iran's supreme leader actually means what he says. Read the Op-Ed »

A Turning Point for Pakistan?

Bruce O. Riedel

Although the security situation in Pakistan remains grim, the inauguration of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister is an encouraging milestone, in that it marks the first peaceful succession of civilian Pakistani governments. Read the Interview »

Fiscal Malaise

Robert Kahn

Although some analysts are optimistic that the next round of fiscal cliffs will be navigated with little disruption to the economy, several factors could be contributing to the growing pessimism about the chances of a grand fiscal bargain. Read More on Macro and Markets »

Is China the Real Winner from Iraq's Oil Boom?

Michael A. Levi

A New York Times story claimed that China was reaping the "biggest benefits of the Iraq oil boom," based solely on its involvement in Iraqi oil production. However, if countries are examined in terms of their oil consumption, one could argue that the United States, not China, has been the biggest winner.  Read More on Energy, Security, and Climate »

Question of the Week

Charles Tang asks: What role could First Lady Peng Liyuan play in Chinese foreign policy? "It remains to be seen whether the spotlight Peng Liyuan has commanded will help humanize China in the eyes of the world," says CFR's Rachel B. Vogelstein. Read the Full Answer and Submit Your Question


June 11: President Obama to meet with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Washington, DC
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June 14: Presidential election, Iran
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CFR Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies Steven A. Cook and Lehigh University professor Henri Barkey discussed the protests in Turkey, freedom of expression, and Erdogan's authoritarian tendencies. Listen to the Media Call.

At CFR's Washington, DC office, Charles Kupchan and Adam Posen discussed the United Kingdom's future role in the European Union and the ramifications of the changing relationship. Watch the Discussion.

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