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March 16, 2012

The World This Week

British Visit Shows Changing Relationship

Charles A. Kupchan

Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran topped the agenda during British prime minister David Cameron's visit to Washington this week. The United States still sees Britain as a go-to partner, but when American priorities are shifting to the Middle East and to East Asia, Europe and the UK in particular matter less. Read the interview »


U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship Under Sharp Focus

Stephen D. Biddle, Max Boot

While tensions have risen over the recent attack on Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army sergeant, the "objective strategic calculus" of the war has not changed dramatically. Read the transcript from this breaking news call »

How to Accomplish More With Less

Carter Malkasian, J. Kael Weston

With policymakers calling for a shift to a counterterrorism strategy that puts special operations forces in the lead to strike terrorist leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the aggressive use of military and civilian advisers is the most effective way to stabilize Afghanistan. Read more on »

U.S. Must Not Abandon Afghan Women to the Taliban

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Any peace agreement in Afghanistan that leaves out Afghan women will simply be a short-term deal, not a durable peace. Read the op-ed »

War Wearing Thin for Many U.S. Voters

A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 60 percent of voters say the war in Afghanistan is no longer worth the cost, with Republicans evenly divided on whether the war has justified its price for the first time in five years. Read more on Campaign 2012 »


U.S. Challenging China's Trade Practices

Elizabeth C. Economy

The U.S. move to launch a case against China at the WTO over its cap on exporting rare earth metals is the latest effort to hold China accountable to international trade standards, and illustrates a U.S.-China economic relationship characterized by deep integration and frequent conflict. Read the interview »

What the WTO Can and Cannot Do in Big Trade Disputes

Edward Alden

The WTO disputes system can be extremely valuable because the panels serve as a neutral arbiter in assessing violations and calculating harm to the industries. But they cannot impose a solution, and negotiated compromise with China is the only plausible way forward. Read more on Renewing America »

The World Ahead

Don't Overestimate U.S. Power in the World

Charles A. Kupchan

The United States will remain one of the world's most influential nations--but it will not dominate forever. Read the article »

Al-Qaeda Remains Persistent Menace in Iraq

Sectarian divisions have boosted al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), a longstanding threat to Iraqi stability. Top U.S. intelligence officials have also brought attention to a flow of AQI fighters over the border into Syria where they will likely take up arms against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Read the backgrounder »

U.S. Risks Legacy in Iraq by Staying Silent on Corruption

Ned Parker

In this portrait of the country U.S. forces left behind, Parker urges Washington to push harder for power sharing and democracy in Baghdad while confronting the Iraqi government on abuses and corruption. If Iraq slips into dictatorship or war, this will be the United States' legacy there. Read more on »

Beyond the BRICS

Stewart Patrick

The next crop of global powers are all clamoring to reform global institutions and upset traditional divisions of international relations. But are they prepared to assume global responsibilities? Watch the video »

After Manufacturing, What We Can Learn from North Carolina

Roland Stephen

No U.S. state was struck harder by the loss of manufacturing employment than North Carolina. A new Working Paper looks at the reasons why some parts of the state have been unable to rebound and what other states trying to manage a similar transition can learn from North Carolina's policy choices. Read more on Renewing America »

This Week in History

Hitler's Rearmament of Germany

James M. Lindsay

Adolf Hitler's announcement in 1935 that he would reintroduce conscription in Germany illustrates when a country should be confronted rather than accommodated. Watch the Lessons Learned Video »

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Inside CFR

A Trip Report on Sudan: Following their return from South Sudan with the Enough Project, George Clooney and John Prendergast assess the in-country situation in the year since South Sudan's independence referendum, with Andudu Adam Elnail, Anglican bishop of Kadugli, Sudan, and Omer Ismail, Darfur activist and senior adviser at the Enough Project. Read the transcript

CFR Convenes “Council of Councils” Linking Foreign Policy Institutes: Leading foreign policy institutes from around the world gathered at CFR to discuss issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. Read the news release


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