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Beyond the Quake, Japan's Political Aftershocks

Sheila A. Smith

One year after Japan's triple disasters, questions persist about the ability of the world's third-largest economy to rebound and how its struggling political system can mount serious reforms. Read the Expert Brief »

Japan's Nuclear Dilemma

Charles D. Ferguson

One year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan is facing a dilemma of how to clean up the disaster and how to meet current and future energy needs, even as the global nuclear industry continues to face the accident's repercussions. Read the Interview »

U.S. Policy on Targeted Killings

New Framework Reflects Flexible Pragmatism

Matthew C. Waxman

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks this week that outlined the Obama administration's legal rationale for targeted killings "are unlikely to satisfy either the most vocal civil libertarians or security-hawks, but they reflect this administration's pragmatic approach toward national security law issues." Read the Op-ed »

The American Public Should Be Skeptical

Micah Zenko

Many Americans didn't trust the Bush administration reading their emails, and they should be even more skeptical of the current administration's policies about the targeted killings of U.S. citizens. Read More on Politics, Power, and Preventive Action »

Targeted Killings Likely to Continue

Targeted killings have become a central component of U.S. counterterrorism operations around the globe. Despite pointed criticism of transparency and accountability issues, analysts say the controversial practice seems likely to expand in the future. Read the Backgrounder »


Will Putin's Victory Change Russia?

Stephen Sestanovich

Vladimir Putin's reelection as president raises concerns about domestic reforms and relations with Washington. Russia's future will be determined by Putin's handling of his opponents and whether opposition forces can build a viable political force. Read the Interview »

Honoring Women of Courage on International Women's Day

Isobel Coleman, Melanne Verveer

Supporting women is not about charity—it is a smart, strategic decision. In the twenty-first century, no country can hope to move forward if it is leaving half of its people behind. Read More on Democracy in Development »

The World Ahead

A Decisive Moment for Global Public Health

Laurie Garrett

Global health programs now teeter on the edge of disaster. The world economic crisis and the politics of debt reduction are threatening everything from malaria control and AIDS treatments to well-baby programs and healthcare worker training efforts. Read More on »

Addressing the Risk of a Cuban Oil Spill

Melissa Bert, Blake Clayton

The imminent drilling of Cuba's first offshore oil well raises the prospect of a large-scale oil spill in Cuban waters washing onto U.S. shores, and the United States needs to be prepared for the worst. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »

What Business Can Do to Restore U.S. Competitiveness

Edward Alden

U.S. competitiveness is mostly about the private sector, but most of the debate is focused on what governments, not companies, should be doing. Business, in its own self-interest, needs to play a far more active role. Read More on Renewing America »

To Resolve Syria, Send Annan to Moscow

Robert M. Danin

The power to end the bloodshed in Syria lies more in Moscow than in Damascus. On his visit to the Middle East, the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, should convince Russia that it has much to gain both in Syria and internationally by working for an end to the violence. Read More on Middle East Matters »

This Day in History

A Look Back on the Firebombing of Tokyo

James M. Lindsay

On March 9, 1945, the U.S. Air Force began incendiary bombings in Tokyo and other cities, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians. The firebombing of Tokyo should remind us of the destructive power of conventional weapons. Watch the Lessons Learned Video »

Nuclear Energy Guide

After decades of decline, nuclear power re-emerged as an option to meet electricity demands. But Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster revived safety worries and placed industry growth in doubt. This interactive guide explores the past, present, and future of nuclear power, focusing on its unique benefits and risks. View the Guide

World Events Calendar

March 11: 1st Anniversary of the Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan
CFR Resources on: Japan »

March 13 - 14: President Obama to Host British Prime Minister Cameron at the White House
CFR Resources on: The United Kingdom »

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Inside CFR

CFR's Multimedia Guide to Iran Gains Critical Acclaim: The Society of News Design's Best of Digital Design competition recognizes Crisis Guide:Iran with an Award of Excellence. View the Guide

Top Defense Department Official Discusses Budget Priorities: Ashton B. Carter, U.S. deputy secretary of defense, explains how the United States is transforming its military and defense strategy as a result of financial cutbacks. Watch the Video


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