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June 22, 2012

The World This Week

Diplomatic Efforts Frustrated by Iranian Intransigency

Ray Takeyh

This week's nuclear talks ended without resolving the issue of uranium enrichment, leaving a gap between Iran and the P5+1, with potentially tougher sanctions for Iran. Read the interview »

Why Iran Should Get the Bomb

Kenneth N. Waltz

U.S. and Israeli officials have declared that a nuclear-armed Iran is a terrifying prospect, even an existential threat. In fact, it is Israel's nuclear arsenal, not Iran's desire for one, that has contributed most to the current crisis. Read more in the new issue of Foreign Affairs »

The G20 and Rio

The G20 Addresses the Eurozone Crisis

Jacob Funk Kierkegaard

The G20 members meeting in Mexico won a commitment on banking sector integration despite having limited leverage over the intra-euro political process. Read the interview »

Obama, Putin, and Syria: The Makings of a Deal

Stewart M. Patrick

Making tangible progress on Syria will require patience on the part of the Obama administration, and the stomach to grant Putin the outsized diplomatic role he craves as mediator. Read more on The Internationalist »

Overcoming 'Summit Fatigue' in Rio

Thomas Bollyky

The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development is unlikely to deliver sweeping international environmental mandates, but the summit could start a new process and open opportunities for stakeholders. Read the interview »

G-20 and Rio+20 Are Too Big to Succeed

Julia E. Sweig

Success in Rio will be defined less by the stature of official delegations or nonbinding aspirations, and more by the state governors and mayors of major cities making commitments to green infrastructure investments and real mechanisms to reduce emissions. Read the op-ed »


Egypt's Military Will Act in its Own Interests

Steven A. Cook

The Egyptian military's constitutional decree indicates that when the interests of the officers dictate, they are more than capable of using coercion, prestige, and their own sense of national duty to undermine legitimate governments and political processes. Read the blog post on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

The World Ahead

U.S. and Mexico: Ties that Bind

Shannon K. O'Neil

As Mexicans move to elect a new president on July 1, whoever wins the keys to the official residence will be tied to the United States in a number of ways: on border security, as trading partners, and as a top energy supplier to its northern neighbor. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

The Drug War in Mexico

Robert C. Bonner

Mexico's president Felipe Calderón is winning the death match against the drug cartels and rebuilding once-corrupt institutions in the process. Whoever wins the next election will need to reform the country's police force. Watch the video on »

Making Free Trade and Regulation Better

Thomas J. Bollyky

Fewer goods originate from any one place or one supplier. For global supply chains to succeed, consistent, adequate, and predictable regulation is needed. Read the Policy Innovation Memo »

Obama’s New Deportation Policy

In a major policy shift with potential electoral implications, the Obama administration announced last week that the Department of Homeland Security would no longer seek the deportation of most young illegal immigrants. Read more on Campaign 2012 »

A Multimedia Look at the World's Oceans

This interactive guide tracks multilateral efforts to govern the world's oceans. View the updated Global Governance Monitor.

World Events Calendar

June 23: National Congress Election, Libya
CFR Resources on: Libya »

June 27: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Attends the U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership, New Delhi
CFR Resources on: India »

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Inside CFR

Views from the Newsroom: Award-winning journalists David E. Sanger and Daniel Klaidman discuss their respective books and assess the Obama administration's national security policies and practices. Watch the Video.


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