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May 16, 2014

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Curtailing the Subsidy War Within the United States

Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

Every year U.S. state and local governments spend tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to lure or retain business investment, fueling counterproductive competition with wasteful subsidies. Strengthening public services such as education or infrastructure or lowering overall tax burdens could do much more to create a better investment climate. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »

What Indian Elections Mean for Corporate America

Alyssa Ayres

The election of Narendra Modi as the next prime minister of India presents challenges for the United States. The U.S. government should focus on Modi's top campaign issue: trade and economics. After all, India is a rising power, the world's largest democracy, and on track to become the third-largest economy in the world by 2025. Read the op-ed »

Crisis in Nigeria

Why One Nigerian Crisis Attracted Notoriety

John Campbell

Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria has claimed more international attention than any other atrocity of the ongoing insurgency. A Boko Haram warlord's video claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and threatening to, in effect, sell the girls into slavery appears to have fed the media storm, tying the tragedy to larger issues of human trafficking, child marriage, and girls' education. Read more on Africa in Transition »

Beating Boko Haram

Isobel Coleman and Sigrid von Wendel

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "secular education is a sin," has been committing heinous attacks across Nigeria's north for years, frequently targeting schools. To fight back, Abuja must double down on education even as it rethinks its counterterrorism strategy. Read more on »

Get Girls' Education Out of the Crosshairs

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Education has long been in the crosshairs of extremists, but only recently came to light via Boko Haram's kidnapping of nearly three hundred school girls. More than seventy million school-aged children do not attend elementary school. This statistic will need to change to ensure prosperity, stability, and security. Read the op-ed »


Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

The West is threatening another round of sanctions against Russia in an effort to deter meddling in the May 25 presidential elections in Ukraine. Yet, if lessons gleaned from other sanctions episodes are any indication, the sanctions in place today have little hope of reversing Russian aggression or curbing President Vladimir Putin's drive to reestablish Russian dominance over the country's "near abroad." Read the op-ed »

Is There a Way Out in Thailand?

Joshua Kurlantzick

Tensions are rising in Thailand after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from office by the Constitutional Court last week. A coup d'état is not the only way to break the political deadlock. Read more on Asia Unbound »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

This week's podcast previews Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to China; U.S. secretary of state John Kerry's trip to Mexico; and the European Parliamentary elections. Listen to the podcast »

Egypt and the Gulf: When a Free Lunch Isn't Free

Steven A. Cook

Financial assistance from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait is intended to keep Egypt's economy afloat, but also to ensure that Egypt's political trajectory does not threaten these Gulf states' strategic interests. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

The Pitfalls of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Aaron David Miller

Mistrust, complex domestic politics, and a lack of urgency from Israeli and Palestinian leaders continue to bedevil peace talks brokered by the Obama administration. Read the interview »

China Isn't Overtaking the United States

Michael A. Levi

Despite a report last month that found China's economy would soon become the world's largest, many meaningful measures indicate that China is less economically powerful than the United States. Read the op-ed »

Next Steps in Arctic Governance

David Runnalls

As global climate change increases access to the Arctic and its resources, governance mechanisms will need to be established in order to limit and guide states' actions in the region. Read the Council of Councils Global Memo »

Is a Return to Six Party Talks Possible?

Scott A. Snyder

With the understanding that a fourth nuclear test by North Korea would effectively end Six Party Talks, North Korean leaders should deliver an authoritative and unambiguous message that the country is committed to denuclearization if talks are to resume. Read more on Asia Unbound »

World Events Calendar

May 22 - 25: European Union Parliamentary Elections
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May 25: Presidential Election, Colombia
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May 25: Presidential Election, Ukraine
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Inside CFR

At CFR's New York headquarters, Italian minister of foreign affairs Federica Mogherini discussed European foreign policy challenges in light of the crisis in Ukraine. Watch the event»

At CFR's Washington office, Lynn St. Amour, Daniel Sepulveda, and Senior Fellow Adam Segal discussed the outcomes of NETmundial in Brazil and the future of Internet governance. Watch the event»

As part of the 2014 Council of Councils Annual Conference, Christine M. Cumming and Andrés Rozental discussed challenges facing the global financial system. Watch the event»

Tracking Conflict Prevention Priorities

The Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014 and is based on the most recent Preventive Priorities Survey. The tracker covers conflicts that range from violence in Nigeria to armed confrontation in the South China Sea.


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