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May 9, 2014

The World This Week

Russia Contagion: Local or Global?

Robert Kahn

It is a mistake to focus on whether Russia is big enough to matter; what will matter for the contagion debate is that the Russian market is too interconnected with the world to ignore. However, policies can be put in place to limit the dislocations for the West. Read the Global Economics Monthly »

Boko Haram Kidnappings

Responding to Violence in Nigeria

John Campbell and Johnnie Carson

The U.S. offer to help the Nigerian government find the more than two hundred girls Boko Haram kidnapped from a school three weeks ago underscores the importance the United States sees in Nigeria. Read the transcript »

A Primer on Boko Haram

Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamist sect, has attacked Nigeria's police, military, rival clerics, politicians, schools, religious buildings, public institutions, and civilians with increasing regularity since 2009. This primer shares more insight into the State Department designated foreign terrorist organization. Read the Backgrounder »

Elevating the Status of Girls Worldwide

Rachel B. Vogelstein

Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than two hundred school girls reinforces the importance of empowering girls through education. More global efforts are required to increase girls' access to education, as such strategies further U.S. foreign policy objectives. Read the report »

Kidnapping Protests Go Viral

Allen Grane

The use of social media to stage protests against the kidnappings has pressured the Nigerian government to seek international help in the efforts to find and rescue the kidnapped girls. Read more on Africa in Transition »


Making Matters Worse in Thailand

Joshua Kurlantzick

The removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra by Thailand's Constitutional Court without precedent or constitutional basis shows that the country's increasingly weak rule of law has collapsed entirely. Read more on Asia Unbound »

South Africa Moving Away from a One-Party State

John Campbell

The electoral victory of the African National Congress (ANC) this week perpetuates its control of parliamentary seats, which dates back to 1994. Although South African politics have long played out along racial lines, the ANC's declining support has created an opening for the opposition Democratic Alliance, which could shift the country toward political pluralism. Read more on Africa in Transition »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

This week, Lindsay and McMahon discuss the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program; pro-Russia activists' referendum in Donetsk; and the conclusion of India's parliamentary elections. Listen to the podcast »

What Iran Really Wants

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran has no interest in nuclear weapons and is convinced that such weapons would not enhance its security. Therefore, the ongoing negotiations over the nuclear issue face no insurmountable barriers. The only requirements are political will and good faith. Read more on »

Social Work, Violence, and Palestinian Nationalism

Steven A. Cook

Islamic Jihad, founded in the late 1970s by Palestinian students in Egypt focused on liberating Palestine through violence, has developed a social services network, but it's not likely it's getting soft. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Ukraine Crisis Tests Uneasy U.S.-Germany Alliance

William Drozdiak

Despite contention over U.S. surveillance practices, Germany and the United States must find a way to continue their collaboration on issues such as trade and the crisis in Ukraine. Read the interview »

Brazilians' Spending in the U.S.

Julia E. Sweig

A recent New York Times Magazine spread on Brazilian tourists' shopping sprees in Manhattan brings to light the growing debate on inequality in both the United States and Brazil. Read the op-ed »

Apprenticeships May Fill the Skills Gap

Robert Maxim

Although the United States ranks second in the share of its population with a bachelor's degree, it ranks sixteenth in the share of the population with a middle-skill degree. America's manufacturing sector is growing, but without federal support, growth could be limited by an inability to fill the skills gap. Read more on Renewing America »

Inside CFR

May 13: May 13: High-Level Meeting on Iran’s Nuclear Program, Vienna
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Inside CFR

At CFR's Washington office, Alan Greenspan discussed the prospects for economic growth in the United States, Europe, China, Latin America, and Russia, implications of these forecasts on interest rates, and an analysis of the factors that continue to hinder global economic growth. Watch the event»

At CFR's New York headquarters, Charles I. Plosser, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, discussed monetary policy. Watch the event»

Mapping Violence in Nigeria

The Nigeria Security Tracker catalogs and maps political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances directed at the state or other related groups.


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