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November 22, 2013


Kennedy: In His Own Words

John F. Kennedy

In 1957, Senator John F. Kennedy laid out a new Democratic vision for foreign policy, including how to deal with bipolarity, nationalism, and communism abroad and an overabundance of bipartisanship at home. Read more on »

Stay the Dogs of War on Iran

Leslie H. Gelb

We don't know whether relations with Iran will go toward peace or war, but the interim freeze again under negotiations this week holds little risk and much promise. The hawks on both sides should not be allowed to kill negotiations. Read the op-ed »


Will Afghanistan Allow U.S. Drone Strikes into Pakistan?

Micah Zenko

If the government of Afghanistan enforces the bilateral U.S.-Afghanistan defense and security cooperation agreement, within thirteen months the United States may be unable to conduct any drone strikes in Pakistan. Read more on Politics, Power, and Preventive Action »

How to Avoid Failure in Ending the War

Stephen Biddle

The Obama administration should either spend the political capital needed for an actual deal with the Taliban or cut its losses and get all the way out of Afghanistan now. So far, the White House has chosen neither path, opting to muddle through instead. Read more on »

A New Generation of Terrorists

Despite U.S. drone strikes and an offer of peace talks, the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups pose an ongoing threat to the stability of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read the Backgrounder »

U.S. War in Afghanistan

This timeline examines the events that precipitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan as well as the history of the war. View the timeline »


Egypt: Anchors Away

Steven A. Cook

Despite criticism of the Obama administration's failure to address the un-democratic approach in post-Morsi Egypt, the reality is that the traditional tools of American diplomacy do not actually matter much in the struggle for Egypt. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Backseat Driving: The Role of Congress in American Diplomacy

James M. Lindsay

While Congress takes a back seat to the president when it comes to diplomacy, it nonetheless can still have a say over the diplomatic road the United States travels. How effective Congress is at injecting its preferences into the diplomatic process varies with time and circumstance. Read the article »

Behind the Growing U.S.-Israeli Rift

Gerald M. Steinberg

Israelis who believe the United States will not deliver on its pledge to prevent a nuclear-weaponized Iran, fear a scenario similar to the Cuban missile crisis without any of the communications links that existed between Washington and Moscow to forestall a doomsday crisis. Read the Interview »

Why Was Vietnam Better Prepared Than the Philippines?

Joshua Kurlantzick

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, it is important to ask why Vietnam, a country with a per capita GDP of $1,600, was better prepared than the Philippines, a country with a per capita GDP of around $2,600. Read more on Asia Unbound »


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 trade negotiations between the European Union and Ukraine, the European Court on Human Rights' deliberations on France's "burqa ban," and the Malian elections. Listen to the podcast »

How to Approach Defense Cuts

Carla Anne Robbins

As the budget debate continues on Capitol Hill, the U.S. military braces for a second round of automatic spending cuts. Pentagon leaders say another year of reductions will have damaging effects on national security, while others welcome a new era of defense austerity.  Watch the video »

The Oil Abundance Narrative Is Wrong

Michael Levi

Although the United States is now producing more oil than it imports, it is important to remember that the U.S. imports roughly half of the oil it consumes. For the United States as a whole, genuine oil abundance remains a long way away at best. Read more on Energy, Security, and Climate »

Understanding the Libor Scandal

The manipulation of interbank lending rates by a host of global financial institutions could have significant repercussions for financial markets, consumer loans, and regulatory policy. This primer explains the scandal.  Read the Backgrounder »

Why North Korea Pursues Simultaneous Economic and Nuclear Development

Scott A. Snyder

North Korea's new economic policy makes it clear that Pyongyang places importance on pursuing pathways to prosperity that avoid loss of political control and do not involve denuclearization. Read more on Asia Unbound »

New Zealand Stops a Housing Bubble

Peter R. Orszag

Perhaps the Federal Reserve has something to learn from the central bank of New Zealand about how to manage a mortgage market. Unlike the Fed, which has been sharply criticized for having failed to keep the U.S. housing bubble from expanding, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is sounding the alarm over rising housing prices and imposing limits on mortgages. Read the op-ed »

Ask CFR Experts: Question of the Week

Martin Lafon asks how Iraqi Kurdish authorities have responded to the Syrian civil war. CFR Senior Fellow Steven A. Cook says that the Kurdistan Regional Government has quietly played an important role in the humanitarian response to the crisis. Read the full answer and submit your question


November 23: Syrian Peace Conference, Geneva
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At CFR's New York headquarters, Journalism Online's Steven Brill, University of Pennsylvania's Ezekiel Emanuel, and ACCESS International's William Haseltine discussed how the cost of U.S. healthcare affects the economy. Watch the discussion

Jörg Asmussen of the European Central Bank discussed the European Central Bank's role in overcoming the eurozone crisis and the economic challenges ahead for Europe in 2014. Watch the discussion

The Domestic Underpinnings of U.S. Global Power

CFR's Renewing America initiative explores the domestic challenges—such as national debt, trade, and failing infrastructure—that have consequences for U.S. national security. Read more


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