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April 11, 2014

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Defining India's Role in the World

Alyssa Ayres

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party offers a vision of India that emphasizes alliance and growth, invoking a view of the country's past as one of traders, scientists, and economic leaders, a position damaged by colonial rule and one necessary to recover. Read more on Asia Unbound »

Three Questions for the IMF and World Bank

Robert Kahn

This week's IMF/World Bank Spring meetings take place amid significant global uncertainty. The meeting's broad agenda should cover questions of global confidence in growth, reform of the IMF, and the risk of inflation. Read more on Macro and Markets »

Twentieth Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

International Institutions Must Learn from the Past

Stewart Patrick and Patrick McCormick

The first step in improving international efforts to combat genocide is to learn from the past. Policymakers can learn three lessons from the Rwandan genocide. Read more on The Internationalist »

Atrocity Prevention Since 1994

Paul Stares and Anna Feuer

For all the shortcomings of the international response to the conflict in Syria and elsewhere, global commitment and capacity to respond to threats of mass killing has improved. The progress since Rwanda does not preclude mass atrocities, but it has made them less likely. Read the Expert Brief »

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs in Rwanda

Terra Lawson-Remer

By adopting policies that empower women, the Rwandan government has been able to promote female entrepreneurship through partnerships like Indego, as well as cultivate a parliament that is 64 percent women. Read more on Development Channel »

Progress, Rwandan Style

Jonathan Tepperman

Twenty years ago Monday, the state of Rwanda set about trying to hack itself out of existence. Yet two decades later, Rwanda is very much alive; indeed, in many respects, it's thriving. But it remains a confounding place. Read the op-ed »


Afghanistan's Path to Lasting Success Will Also Be the Hardest

Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking

A smooth transition of power will go a long way to shoring up confidence in the Afghan government and its ability to tackle the country's problems in the face of an ongoing insurgency. Read more on Defense in Depth »

Fraud Fears Loom Over Afghan Transition

Stephen Biddle

Although it appears that Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are the two front-runners in the Afghan presidential elections, it could be months before a victor is decided. Widespread election fraud could undermine Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power and throw the country into chaos. Read the interview »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

This week, Lindsay and McMahon discuss Algeria's presidential elections; the upcoming Tax Day in the United States; and Ukraine's talks with Russia, the United States, and the EU. Listen to the podcast »

A Progress Report on Corporate Tax Policy

Edward Alden

Nearly three decades after the last major tax overhaul, both Democratic and Republican parties and President Barack Obama agree that cutting the corporate tax rate and taxing foreign profits differently would move the tax system in the right direction. The outdated corporate tax system does not raise as much revenue as the systems of most other rich countries, even as U.S. corporate profits have reached record highs. Read more on Renewing America »

Egypt's Solvency Crisis

Steven A. Cook

A debilitating fiscal crisis could befall Egypt if political and economic conditions in the country continue to deteriorate. Read the Contingency Planning Memorandum » Failure to Launch

Jonathan Alter

Whether the Obama administration's bungled rollout of will permanently tarnish the administration's legacy is unclear, but it certainly offers important—and depressing—insights into the president's operating style and the administration's culture. Read more on »

President Obama Should Fix the H-1B Program on His Own

Edward Alden

With House Republicans increasingly looking like they will again block immigration reform this year, pressure is growing for President Obama to use his executive authority to block further deportations of most unauthorized immigrants. Obama should also use that same executive authority to expand admission of highly-educated temporary migrants to help boost the U.S. economy. Read more on Renewing America »

Obama and Cuban Twitter

Julia E. Sweig

The revelation of USAID's deployment in Cuba of the secret, Twitter-inspired communications platform Zunzuneo bring into question the effectiveness Obama administration's Cuba policy. Read the op-ed »

How to Spot a Shadowy North Korean Business

Scott A. Snyder

A recent UN report shows that North Korean businesses connected with illicit arms trade have been able to circumvent sanctions and develop weapons. Read more on Asia Unbound »

A Strategic Partnership With Malaysia?

Joshua Kurlantzick

By heralding Malaysia as a successful democratic nation in his upcoming visit to that country, President Obama risks downplaying serious regression in Malaysia's domestic politics and alienating Malaysia's young voters who will eventually power its opposition parties. Read more on Asia Unbound »

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Inside CFR

CFR's InfoGuide on "China's Maritime Disputes" and the Global Governance Monitor on Armed Conflict have been selected as official honorees in the eighteenth annual Webby Awards.

At CFR's New York headquarters, Steven A. Cook discussed Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AKP Party's dominance with Henri J. Barkey and Jonathan Tepperman. Watch the event»

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014, food security, and immigration reform, as part of CFR's Renewing America series. Watch the event»

At CFR's Washington offices, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble discussed the challenges facing Europe. Watch the event»

Reforming U.S. Corporate Tax Policy

The U.S. system for taxing corporate profits is outdated, ineffective at raising revenue, and creates perverse incentives for companies to shelter profits overseas. It is also, for most U.S. companies most of the time, a pretty good deal, which is one of the big reasons why any serious overhaul will be so difficult to achieve. Read more in the new scorecard from CFR's Renewing America initiative.


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