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Why the Iran Oil Sanctions Are Biting

Michael A. Levi

The United States is now able to impose stringent sanctions on the Iranian oil sector because of fundamental changes in politics, philosophy, and markets. Read More on Energy, Security, and Climate »

Clinton Seeks International Momentum in Syria Talks with Turkey

Robert M. Danin and Ed Husain weighed the United States' and the international community's options for ending the violence in Syria and assessed the increasing jihadist threat from within. Listen to the Breaking News Call »

The Olympics

The Economy of the Olympics

With the London summer games at an end, economist Jose Ursua discusses whether or not Olympics have a financial impact for host cities, and the broader implications for the global economy. Read the Interview »

China’s Olympic Debate

Elizabeth C. Economy

The flawless performances of China's Olympic athletes in London may be drowned out by a torrent of commentary about what the games mean for China as a society and for its place in the world. Read More on Asia Unbound »

An Interactive Look at Politics and the Olympics

The modern Olympic games began in 1896 in the hope that sporting events between nations could bring about a more peaceful world. But since then, the Olympics have often served as political showcases for nations, individuals, and ideologies. View the Timeline »


Yemen's Success Depends on Eliminating AQAP

John O. Brennan

U.S. counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan described the four pillars of U.S. policy toward Yemen, particularly underscoring the threat of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP). Watch the Discussion »

Outlaw of the Sea

Thomas Wright

The move by a group of U.S. legislators to ensure that the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas is not ratified will make it harder for the United States to preserve and build up order in the South China Sea. Read the Snapshot on »

NYPD's Powers of Threat Perception

Matthew C. Waxman

The New York Police Department's new "Domain Awareness System" combines and analyzes many streams of information to track possible criminals and terrorists. But it raises familiar questions about privacy and transparency that are likely to spark a debate at multiple levels of government. Read the Expert Brief »

The World Ahead

Opportunity for Closer U.S.-South Africa Relations in Zimbabwe

John Campbell

Collaborating on a peaceful and credible political transition in Zimbabwe could improve U.S.-South Africa relations and launch a partnership on other regional African issues. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »

Who Are the Muslim Brotherhood's Top Players?

Steven A. Cook

A look at the organization's current power structure suggests anything but a uniform approach to Egypt's present problems. Read more »

Romney's Fiery Rhetoric on Russia

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was wise to tiptoe around "the Russia question" during his Poland trip, argues Bartosz Wiśniewski of the Polish Institute of International Affairs. Read More on The Candidates and the World »

ECB's Latest Move Is Not a Lasting Game Changer

Sebastian Mallaby

The European Central Bank has not quite shaken off its longstanding schizophrenia: it is bold when providing crisis loans to banks, less so when supporting sovereigns. Read more »

Can Community Colleges Close America's Skills Gap?

Curtis Valentine

In 2010, only 39 percent of Americans ages 25 to 34 held an associate degree or higher. At this pace, the United States will not meet President Obama's goal to have the highest college attainment rate in the world by 2020. Community colleges will be critical to reaching that goal. Read More on Renewing America »

The United States Should Spark an Iranian Revolution

Michael Ledeen

Defending the United States and its allies from Iran and its proxies requires regime change in Tehran, which cannot be achieved with sanctions and diplomacy alone. Since war is neither necessary nor desirable, Washington should start backing a domestic revolution in Iran. Read More on »

World Events Calendar

August 11: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Hold Talks on Syria, Istanbul
CFR Resources on: Syria »

August 12: Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games, London
CFR Resources on: Politics and the Olympics »

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Inside CFR: Director of Studies James M. Lindsay and Deputy Editor Toni Johnson preview world events in the week ahead: Secretary of State Clinton visits Turkey; the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation convenes in Mecca; and more. Listen to The World Next Week Podcast

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