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July 26, 2013


Building the American Workforce

Thomas Hilliard

Employers need more workers with middle skills qualifications, but the supply of applicants with more than a high school diploma and less than a bachelor's degree doesn't match the demand. Congress's failure to update and coordinate the laws that fund America's workforce training and education programs threatens to damage our national competitiveness. Read the Working Paper »

Kerry's Creative Approach to Peace Talks

Robert M. Danin

By saying that Israeli and Palestinian parties have not yet agreed to negotiations, but have agreed to face-to-face talks, Secretary of State John Kerry has found a way for both sides to declare an eventual return to negotiations. Read More on Middle East Matters »


The Democracy-Elections Trap

Leslie H. Gelb

Rather than expedite the elections in Egypt—a move that would most likely see the Muslim Brotherhood return to power—or stop aid to Egypt, the Obama administration should encourage the creation of democratic institutions and culture before free and fair elections are held. Read the Op-Ed »

Egypt's Presidents and Pretenders

Steven A. Cook

Egypt has had its fill of heroes in the form of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar al-Sadat, Hosni Mubarak, and Mohamed Morsi, but it is now crying out for leadership. Unfortunately, the politicians stocking the new government do not inspire confidence that Egypt will finally get what it needs. Read More on »

Dim Prospects for Egypt’s Salafis

Jonathan A.C. Brown

Ultraconservative Salafis played a prominent role in the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi but are unlikely to shape Egypt or preserve the sharia gains they made in the 2012 constitution. Read the Interview »


Afghanistan: Obama Needs to Explain the Break-Up

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Afghan war was once a war that "we have to win" but has quickly devolved into one that the United States must exit. Although leadership in Washington has avoided discussing the matter, the more than two thousand dead, hundreds of billions of dollars spent, and bold pronouncements pledging a long-term commitment cannot simply be ignored. Read the Op-Ed »

Japanese Elections Reassuring for Abe

Sheila A. Smith

After earning majority control of both houses of parliament, Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be able to move forward with confidence if he focuses on improving Japan's economy. Read More on Asia Unbound »


An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

Edward Alden and Robert McMahon

In this week's podcast Alden and McMahon discuss Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's tour of Southeast Asia; Mali and Cambodia's upcoming elections; and Congress' immigration and spending debates. Listen to the Podcast »

What International Community?

Richard N. Haass

Although the so-called international community has been unable to reach accord on a large scale, multilateral cooperation is still possible. Rather than acting unilaterally, governments will need to rally around regional undertakings, form coalitions, or seek understandings among countries to do their best to adopt common policies. Read the Op-Ed »

If Trayvon Were Pakistani…

Micah Zenko

In addressing the death of Trayvon Martin, President Obama condemned profiling individuals based on their appearance, associations, or statistical propensity to violence, yet such profiling is critical to "signature strikes" that allow the targeted killings of unidentified military-age males overseas. Read the Op-Ed »

Cuba After Communism

Julia E. Sweig and Michael J. Bustamante

Cuba has entered a new era of economic reform that defies easy comparison to post-Communist transitions elsewhere. Washington should take the initiative and come to an agreement with Havana. Read More on »

Engaging with South Korean Civil Society

Andrew Yeo

As progressive organizations mobilize in South Korea, the United States should see South Korean civil society as a way to gauge South Korean public sentiment on the two countries' evolving relationship. Read the Working Paper »

The Future of Britain's Nuclear Deterrent

Frank G. Klotz

The United Kingdom's remaining nuclear force is aging, but the decision to replace the submarines will continue to be the subject of debate between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. Read the Op-Ed »

Ask CFR Experts: Question of the Week

Cassie Morgan asks why U.S. foreign policy should include a focus on women in international development. CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says focusing on girls' education, maternal and child health, female workforce and political participation, and other women's empowerment programs will accelerate progress toward international development goals. Read the Full Answer and Submit Your Question


July 27: Parliamentary Elections, Kuwait
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July 28: Presidential Election, Mali
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This week, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security that the government should improve the effectiveness of border enforcement. Read the Testimony

This week, CFR Senior Fellow Elizabeth C. Economy testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs on China's water scarcity challenge and its potential to destabilize the region. Read the Testimony

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