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May 11, 2012

The World This Week

A Eurozone Austerity Battle Approaches

Sebastian Mallaby

New electoral currents in Europe are threatening the German-backed fiscal responsibility pact and sparking fresh fears of debt contagion. Read the Interview »

France Seeks Stimulus Alternative

Charles A. Kupchan

France's new Socialist president will likely pursue growth policies that could put him at odds with Germany on austerity measures, with serious ramifications for the EU and the global economy. Read the First Take »

Who Is Hollande?

James M. Lindsay

Fran├žois Hollande's victory over Nicolas Sarkozy marked the first time in more than four decades that an incumbent French president lost his reelection bid. Read More on The Water's Edge »

Turkey In Focus

Independent Task Force: U.S. Needs to Deepen Ties

Madeleine K. Albright, Stephen J. Hadley, Steven A. Cook

The United States and Turkey should define a new partnership "in order to make a strategic relationship a reality." Read the Report »

Turkey Is Ready for a New Partnership

Stephen J. Hadley

Turkey's dramatic changes make it ripe for closer diplomatic and economic collaboration with the United States. Read the Interview »


U.S.-China Relations Are Maturing

Elizabeth C. Economy

The case of dissident Chen Guangcheng amid high-level talks revealed determination by Beijing and Washington to maintain stable ties. Read the Interview »

What Lugar's Loss Means for the Presidential Election

A long-time fixture on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, moderate Republican Richard Lugar will see the end of his thirty-six-year Senate career after an Indiana primary loss to a Tea Party-backed state treasurer. Read More on The Candidates and the World »

Obama's Laws of War Are Evolving

Matthew C. Waxman

Targeted killings are up in Yemen and military trials have resumed in Guantanamo. Read the Interview »

China-Philippines Hacking War: A Missed Opportunity for Beijing

Adam Segal

The dispute between China and the Philippines over the sovereignty of Scarborough Shoal/Huangyan Island continues to heat up. As with other territorial disputes in East Asia, the political, diplomatic, and military maneuvering has a cyber component. Read More on Asia Unbound »

The World Ahead

Not a Drop to Drink: The Global Water Crisis

Stewart M. Patrick

The need for reliable sources of fresh water is as old as our species. What is new today is the combination of surging global demand for scarce fresh water in volatile regions of poor governance. Read More on the Internationalist »

NATO Must Be Anchor of Liberal Values

Charles A. Kupchan

NATO is the primary institution responsible for preserving the coherence and effectiveness of the West as a community of shared values and interests. The summit in Chicago this month represents a moment that demands strategic ambition and vision, not complacency. Read the Testimony »

Five Things to Know about Brazil and the Global Economy

Carlos Simonsen Leal

After emerging from the 2008 financial crisis relatively unscathed, Brazil's inevitable entrance into the club of major global powers is increasingly accepted. Watch the Video »

What Leaving Afghanistan Will Cost

Gayle Lemmon

If the upcoming NATO summit is to be more than an exchange of speeches and questionable commitments about the future of Afghanistan, it is time to take a hard look at the promises the United States and others are making–and whether they are too big to keep. Read the Snapshot on »

Resources for World Immunization Week

Get a global look at the prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and rubella, with this interactive map from CFR's Global Health program. View the Map

World Events Calendar

May 18 - 19: G8 Summit, Camp David
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Inside CFR

The Future of NATO: U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Ivo Daalder previews the upcoming summit in Chicago. Watch the Discussion

News Executives Speak at CFR: The heads of NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, and CNN discuss the future of the news media, including the importance of international news coverage, the rise of online news, and the effects of technology on the industry. Watch the Discussion


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