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January 27, 2012

The World This Week

Egypt's Revolution Remains Unfinished

Steven A. Cook

Egyptians should prepare for another year of struggle, with the country's future resting with two powers unfamiliar with their role now: the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. Read more on »

Where Next for Egypt’s Secularists?

Ed Husain

The Muslim Brotherhood's embrace of parliamentary democracy is a testament to the influence of Egyptian liberal secularism over the last six decades. Read more on "The Arab Street" »

State of the Union

Gauging Foreign Policy in Obama's Address

James M. Lindsay

While the address emphasized Obama's economic revival plans, he made clear that he sees national security as one of his strengths and he intends to make the most of it in the presidential campaign ahead. Read more »

So What If It’s an Election Year?

Edward Alden

Election year or not, the United States cannot afford yet another year of inaction in Washington, and compromises can be made, outside of the glare of campaign year drama. Read more on "Renewing America" »


Eurozone Fears Permeate Davos

Political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos are focused on the ongoing eurozone sovereign debt crisis, with some cautioning that Germany is not doing enough to resolve the crisis and facilitate growth. Read the Analysis Brief »

Explaining the Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria

John Campbell

Horrific Boko Haram attacks over the weekend in Kano, Nigeria left over two hundred dead. Though Boko Haram's leaders claim that police abuse was the motivation for the bombings, many of the victims were innocent Muslims. Read more on "Africa in Transition" »

The World Ahead

Iran's Nuclear Program Likely 2012's Top Challenge

Richard N. Haass

Iran's activities confront the world with difficult choices, and no choice is costless or risk-free. Read the op-ed »

Can Sanctions Bring Iran to the Table?

The EU's oil embargo is part of a larger Western effort to pressure Iran into talks. But some question the merits of intensified diplomacy with the regime in Tehran. Read the Analysis Brief »

EU's Iranian Oil Embargo Won't Halt Nuclear Program

Matthew H. Kroenig

The European Union's embargo on Iranian oil may bring Iran to the negotiating table but is unlikely to stop its controversial nuclear program. Watch the video »

U.S. Needs a Modern Visa System

Edward Alden, Liam Schwartz

The United States needs a visa screening system that will benefit U.S. security and the economy by focusing scrutiny on high-risk travelers and speeding approval for low-risk ones. Read the Policy Innovation Memo »

Next President Will Need New Approach on Mideast Peace

Robert M. Danin

The next president will be forced to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in "a different Middle East context," as possible leadership transitions on both sides will affect the context in which the peace process is pursued. Watch the video »

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January 25 - 29: World Economic Forum Annual Conference, Davos
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January 30: 40th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Ireland
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January 30: Summit of European Union Leaders, Brussels
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