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January 6, 2012

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The Pentagon Pivots to Asia

The Pentagon's new strategic review signals a shift toward the Asia-Pacific region and calls for a leaner fighting force at a time when the United States must exercise fiscal restraint. Read the Analysis Brief »

Panetta's Pentagon Cuts Are Easier Than You Think

Lawrence J. Korb

Defense budget cuts won't make the United States less secure. The problem is simpler: the Pentagon does not have a resource problem, it has an administrative problem. Read More on »

Campaign 2012

Kicking off the 2012 GOP Contest

James M. Lindsay

Republican candidates are taking aim at President Obama's foreign policies, yet it's unclear what they would do differently. Read the Interview »

In Iowa Polls, Eyeing Economic Signals

With the contest for GOP presidential contenders formally underway, both parties' prescriptions for economic growth and debt reduction are set to come under intensifying scrutiny. Read the Analysis Brief »

Immigration Reform May Be Too Much to Hope For

Edward Alden

Immigration reform remains a hot topic in the 2012 presidential race, but the winner will have to move beyond an enforcement-only approach in dealing with illegal immigrants. Watch the Video »

What Are the Republicans Saying on China?

Elizabeth C. Economy

Foreign policy—other than matters related to war—is unlikely to play a significant role in this year's presidential election. Yet each candidate has very different views on the U.S. relationship with China. Read More on "Asia Unbound" »

Foreign Policy in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Race

Presidential candidates present competing visions over how to strengthen U.S. leadership. Follow the debate and its consequences for national security, foreign policy, and economic revival Read the Issue Tracker »


Threat of Oil Blockade in Persian Gulf

Iran has threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in response to sanctions over its nuclear program. Read the Analysis Brief »

Iran Won't Close the Strait of Hormuz

Bradley S. Russell and Max Boot

Iran must realize that by initiating direct hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz, it risks American retaliation against its covert nuclear-weapons program. Read more »

Obama's Counterproductive New Iran Sanctions

Suzanne Maloney

The new sanctions regime places the United States' tactics and objectives—a negotiated end to Iran's nuclear ambitions—at odds. In effect, the administration has backed itself into a policy of regime change, an outcome it has little ability to influence. Read More on »

The World Ahead

What to Expect in Asia in 2012

Evan A. Feigenbaum

In 2011, China, India, and the major Asian economies maintained robust growth, in contrast to the advanced economies' collective anemic growth over the same period. But political risks in 2012 will make the region fraught. Read more »

The End of Latino Immigration?

Shannon K. O'Neil

The flow of immigrants from Latin America to the United States, a constant and often accelerating trend of the last three decades, slowed in 2011. With the shift of demographics, the Mexican immigration boom of the 1990s and early 2000s is unlikely to be repeated ever again. Read more »

What Will The World Decide in 2012?

Stewart Patrick

"Summit fatigue" may be widespread, but demands on the world's leaders keep growing. Six major meetings on the global agenda in 2012, from the G20 to the NATO summit, will address major security and economic challenges. Read more on "The Internationalist" »

Resumed Israeli-Palestinian Talks Are Risky But Necessary

Robert M. Danin

Despite serious mutual distrust and the strong likelihood that nothing significant will emerge, both Israelis and Palestinians recognize it is in their interest to talk. Read more »

"Clash of Ideas" eBook Now Available

The Clash of Ideas combines several new essays with highlights from ninety years of Foreign Affairs. The collection features authors such as Isaiah Berlin, Benedetto Croce, Francis Fukuyama, Charles P. Kindleberger, John Ikenberry, Harold J. Laski, Leon Trotsky, and many more. With an introduction by Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose, this intellectual narrative explains how and why modern politics look the way they do, and where we go from here. Download the eBook


January 8: 100th Anniversary of the Founding of South Africa's African National Congress
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January 12: 100th Anniversary of the Republic of China
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