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November 15, 2013


Typhoon Haiyan

Joshua Kurlantzick

In the wake of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit Southeast Asia, Typhoon Haiyan, public pressure to reduce graft in construction projects and upgrade infrastructure could be a positive outcome for the Philippines. Read more on Asia Unbound »

Takeaways From China's Third Plenum

Elizabeth C. Economy

The four-day conference of top Communist Party officials failed to clarify how the country's new leaders will advance economic reforms in the years ahead. Read the interview »

Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran and the U.S. Should Start Final-Status Negotiations

Richard N. Haass

The United States and Iran should skip an interim pact and negotiate final status. Iran needs to do something for its economy if its revolution is to be secure; the United States and the other countries involved want to avoid a choice between going to war with Iran or allowing it to acquire nuclear weapons. Read the op-ed »

In Talks With Iran, France Stood on Principle

Ray Takeyh, Eric S. Edelman

The United States should take French objections to last week's proposed interim agreement into account. While Iran continues to defy the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, France has an honorable history of seeking to shield it. And history shows that U.S. negotiations benefit from taking into account its allies' concerns. Read the op-ed »

Why Iran's Military Won't Spoil Détente with the U.S.

Akbar Ganji

Parts of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps may be motivated to support a deal between Iran and the United States to freeze Iran's nuclear deal. The Revolutionary Guards are no longer simply a military institution. They are among the country's most important economic actors. And economic interests increasingly trump other concerns. Read more on »

Despite Hitch, a Deal Is Still in Sight

Barbara Slavin

The prospects for an interim agreement between Tehran and world powers to limit Iran's nuclear enrichment program are better than fifty-fifty when diplomacy resumes in Geneva next week. Read the interview »


Boko Haram and Ansaru Named Foreign Terrorist Organizations

John Campbell

This week the U.S. State Department designated Nigerian groups Boko Haram and Ansaru as "foreign terrorist organizations," a move that would make it a crime to support them. The designation has little practical effect, but it does seem to indicate a closer alignment between Abuja and Washington. Read more on Africa in Transition »

Red Star Over Cairo?

Steven A. Cook

The visit to Cairo by Russia's foreign and defense ministers this week is reminicent of Moscow's once robust presence in Egypt. But the idea that Russia will supplant the United States as Egypt's patron lacks historical context and is impractical for the Egyptians. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Disaster Preparedness & Relief: Three Things to Know

Stewart Patrick

Typhoon Haiyan has raised awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness and spurred an important conversation about the international community's capabilities and limitations in the wake of natural disaster. Watch the video »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's audio preview, Lindsay and McMahon discuss the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, the Chilean presidential election, and the space missions launching next week. Listen to the podcast »

Understanding Currency Crises in Emerging Markets

As the global economy regains its footing after the 2007 recession and financial crises in Europe, monetary tightening in advanced economies could undermine fragile currencies in some dynamic emerging markets. Read the Backgrounder »

What Happens When Other Countries Start Droning?

Micah Zenko

Drones are quickly becoming a tool in just about every country's toolbox. When Chinese officials authorize their first drone strike against a drug kingpin in Myanmar or against Japanese citizens occupying a disputed island in the East China Sea, how will the United States respond? Read the op-ed »

The Oppression of Baha'is Continues in Iran

Elliott Abrams

For Iranians that are not Shiite Muslims, public practice of their religion remains severely limited or flatly banned—and the Islamic Republic's war on religious freedom has hurt no community more than Iran's 300,000 Baha'is. Read the op-ed »

Missed Opportunities for Foreign Students in the United States

Edward Alden

A new report from the Institute of International Education says last year nearly 820,000 international students attended American colleges, a record high. That has huge benefits for the United States but also highlights the complications from stalled immigration reform, as graduates have a tough time staying in the country. Read more on Renewing America »

How the Copenhagen Climate Talks Succeeded

Michael A. Levi

As negotiators gather for the nineteenth annual UN climate talks in Warsaw, many observers are likely to warn against repeating what they see as the disastrous 2009 Copenhagen summit. Yet the 2009 talks seem to have made a real impact on carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. Read more on Energy, Security, and Climate »

Ask CFR Experts: Question of the Week

Jason Thomas asks whether the United States should ratify the UN Law of the Sea. Yes, the United States should join the convention, to which 166 countries are already party, says CFR legal expert John B. Bellinger III. Read the full answer and submit your question »

World Events Calendar

November 18 - 22: World Energy Forum, Dubai
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Inside CFR

Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, discussed U.S. policy options in Syria in CFR's Washington, DC office. Watch the event »

UK Minister for Faith and Communities Sayeeda Warsi discussed freedom of religion or belief. Watch the event

Highlights From the Past Year

Learn more about CFR's mission and its work in the 2013 Annual Report (free PDF). The report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.


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