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February 28, 2014

How to Promote Human Rights in Iran

Ray Takeyh

The United States should emphasize human rights issues during discussions of a nuclear agreement with Iran. A prospective comprehensive nuclear agreement need not be explicitly linked to Iran's human rights record, but by highlighting this issue, Washington can convey the importance it attaches to how Iran treats its citizens. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »

Protesters in Iran

Protesters march during Iran's Universal Periodic Review. (Denis Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters)

What Now for Ukraine?

Ukraine's Recovery Faces High Hurdles

Charles Kupchan

Ukraine's future will be determined by the extent to which the IMF, the United States, or the European Union can sweeten its aid package. However, because of the eurozone crisis in Europe and the debt crisis in the United States, financial pledges face a high hurdle. Watch the video »

Lessons Learned in Egypt

Steven A. Cook

The 2011 ouster of then president Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, while different from the current political state in Ukraine, can serve as a cautionary tale. If Ukraine is to move forward, it will have to undertake difficult political reforms to improve the chances that its economy does not collapse. Read the op-ed »

The Collapse of a Brief Hope for Peace

Fred Kaplan

As Ukraine moves forward, its people are very much divided along the lines of Western and Eastern or Eurasian influence. Regardless of the United States, Europe, and Russia's interests in Ukraine, the country should decide its own future. Read the op-ed »

Ukraine’s New Era of Uncertainty

Serge Schmemann

The ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych poses a geopolitical test for Russian president Vladimir Putin. While the United States and Europe should act to stabilize Ukraine, they should include Russia in any such effort. Read the interview »

A Russia-U.S. Power Struggle

Gideon Rose

On Comedy Central's Colbert Report, Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose discusses Ukraine's uprising and how the power struggle between Russia and the West will shape its future. Watch the video »


When Terrorism (That Never Happened) Made Headlines in Sochi

Micah Zenko

The volume of warnings from congressional members and the media made the likelihood of a terrorist attack during the Sochi Olympics seem inevitable. That they ignored data that Chechen militant groups often fail in achieving their objectives only provided free promotional airtime. Read the op-ed »

The Obama-Netanyahu Summit

Robert M. Danin

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House on Monday will focus not on fundamental strategy but instead on tactics for nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Read more on Middle East Matters »

Obama's Limited Options in Syria

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

A lack of results in recent Geneva talks on Syria has left the impression that neither side is ready to negotiate. With Geneva talks stalling and bloodletting continuing at increased levels, the Obama administration is deliberating its options for intervention, yet few good choices remain. Read the op-ed »

Thailand: There Will Be Blood

Joshua Kurlantzick

The ongoing cycles of protest and counterprotest in Thailand date back to the early 2000s, with its most recent cycle beginning last November. The government's recent appointment of hard-line ministers to top security positions has produced increasingly violent rhetoric and heavier weaponry. Read the op-ed »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

Lindsay and McMahon discuss the first anniversary of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez's death, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the United States, and President Obama's FY2015 budget proposal. Listen to the podcast »

The Muslim Democracy

Steven A. Cook

Turkey has remained the centerpiece of the Obama administration's Middle East diplomacy, despite Ankara's static democracy, issues with press freedom, and the country's one-party dominance. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Preventing Internet Fragmentation

Stewart M. Patrick

The Obama administration needs to act in order to safeguard international support for an open global Internet. By partnering with allies and like-minded states it can ensure that outrage over the NSA spying program does not result in the irreparable fragmentation of cyberspace. Read more on The Internationalist »

China Carving Out its Place in Cyberspace

Adam Segal

The announcement of China's leading group on Internet security and informatization—which is chaired by President Xi Jinping, with Premier Li Keqiang and Liu Yunshan as deputies—is significant, as its first meeting comes at the same time as other countries are working to promote their respective visions of cyber management. Read more on Asia Unbound »

Restoring Financial Stability in the Eurozone: Lessons From the U.S. Financial Crisis

Benn Steil, Dinah Walker

The European Central Bank's bank stress tests will roil rather than calm markets if recapitalization funds are not set aside in advance, as they were in the case of the highly successful U.S. tests in 2009. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »

America's Strategically Focused Navy

William J. Parker III

The navy, like the other military services, cannot run on autopilot. Even in a straightened budgetary environment, a strong, capable navy has a crucial role to play in protecting and advancing a broad range of U.S. interests, from strategic to economic and humanitarian. Read more on »

Ask CFR Experts

Ahmad Takouche asks, how does the nuclear deal with Iran affect Hezbollah and its regional influence? Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Mira Rapp-Hooper says it's not clear how the deal will affect Iran-Hezbollah relations, but the ongoing civil war in Syria is likely to affect the relationship more than any nuclear deal. Read the full answer and submit your question »

World Events Calendar

March 3: President Obama to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Washington, DC
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March 8: International Women’s Day

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At CFR's New York headquarters, José Ángel Gurría of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development discussed various factors contributing to inequality and evaluated policy prescriptions to achieve both growth and equity in the global economy. Watch the event »

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