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October 2013

What Will Be the Top Global Hot Spots in 2014?

CFR's Center for Preventive Action (CPA) needs your help for its 2014 Preventive Priorities Survey. At the end of each year, CPA asks experts to rank 30 possible issues that are likely to threaten U.S. national interests in the coming year. Contribute to assembling a list of contingencies by telling us what international and religious conflicts you think will break out or escalate next year. Share your comments>>

October 2013

No Exit from Pakistan

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In No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad, CFR Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia Dan Markey, explores the tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan. Dr. Markey highlights internal troubles in Pakistan that threaten U.S. security, traces the origins of anti-Americanism in Pakistani society, and analyzes regional dynamics that will influence U.S.-Pakistan relations in the years to come. Ultimately, Dr. Markey calls on Washington to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes.

See CFR's Isobel Coleman review of the book on her blog, "Democracy in Development."


Spotlight on Religion Scholar Elizabeth Prodromou

In addition to her responsibilities as affiliate scholar at Harvard University, Elizabeth Prodromou co-chairs the Muslims in Democratic Politics Study Group at the school's Center for European Studies. From 2004 to 2012, she served as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and remains a member of the secretary of state's Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. Beginning this spring, Dr. Prodromou will serve as a visiting associate professor in conflict resolution at Tuft's University's Fletcher School, where she will teach on religion and conflict in international relations. She coedited Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars.

Join CFR at the AAR Conference in Baltimore!

CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative invites you to attend a luncheon conversation on "Ending the Practice of Child Marriage" at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, will moderate the conversation with CFR Fellow Rachel Vogelstein, who will discuss the religious and social challenges to ending child marriage, as well as consider the moral and strategic imperatives of abolishing the practice.

The luncheon conversation will take place on Monday, November 25, in the Maryland Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, connected by sky-walk to the Baltimore Convention Center. The event is free of charge. To register visit

Visit CFR's Blog: "Africa in Transition"

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies John Campbell examines the most important political, security, and social developments occurring in sub-Saharan Africa on his blog "Africa in Transition." Most recently, Ambassador Campbell commented on al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's growing influence over Boko Haram and U.S. counterterrorism failures in Africa.

To learn more about religious and ethnic conflicts in the region, visit the blog.

An Interview with Pope Francis

A CFR Must Read is the America Magazine interview by Anotonio Spadaro, SJ, editor in chief of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, with Pope Francis. The enlightening conversation touches upon the Pope's decision to become a Jesuit, the role of women in the Catholic church, and his hopes for the future.