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August 31, 2012

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Israel, Iran, and the Military Option

Richard N. Haass

While a nuclear-armed Iran presents "a terrible outcome strategically," a U.S. or Israeli military attack carries unforeseeable risks. Read the Interview »

Three Things to Know About Morsi's Iran Visit

Steven A. Cook

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's visit to Iran signals a shift in his country's foreign policy away from Washington's influence, which, paradoxically, could have some positive upshots for the United States. Watch the Video »

Misalignment in Tehran

Stewart M. Patrick

Iran is counting on the Non-Aligned Movement summit to limit its isolation. While the group may have lost its relevance, it is still capable of impact. Read More on The Internationalist »

Romney-Ryan Campaign on Foreign Policy

A New View of Israel's Security

Micah Zenko

The Republican Party has upgraded the security of Israel to a "vital national security interest"--a stark departure from every post-Cold War platform. Read more »

Shifting Views on America's "Forgotten War"

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Paul Ryan's views on the timeline for the Afghan war's end are evolving. In the recent past, his views have not strayed far from Obama's policy. But he channeled Romney in one of his first foreign policy comments as a vice presidential candidate, arguing that surge forces there should begin drawing down in December, rather than September. Read more »

Energy Pipe Dreams

Michael A. Levi

Romney's strategy for fossil-fuel development has some reasonable proposals, but it fails to comprehensively exploit energy opportunities and confront energy-related risks. Read more »

GOP Speaks to the Old Latin America

The Republican Party seems to see Latin America as a threat rather than an opportunity, and focuses almost exclusively on the two states toward which it has the greatest antipathy: Venezuela and Cuba. Read More on Latin America's Moment »


Syria's Escalating Crisis

An assault by the Assad regime on a suburb of Damascus last weekend has plunged Syria's civil war to new depths. Read the Issue Guide »

American Law Is Patent Nonsense

Sebastian Mallaby

A federal court's ruling in the Apple-Samsung case reveals the excesses in U.S. patent laws that stifle innovation rather than protect it. Read more »

The World Ahead

Trends in U.S. Military Spending

Dinah Walker

Barack Obama proposes bringing military spending down to 2000 levels (3.7 percent of GDP), while Mitt Romney has proposed a floor at 4 percent of GDP. This chart book sets the debate in historical and global context. View the Chart Book »

How Washington Squandered Its Monopoly on Weapons Sales

Jonathan Caverley and Ethan B. Kapstein

For two decades, the United States has dominated the global arms trade, reaping a broad range of economic and geopolitical benefits in the process. But shortsighted decisions are squandering this monopoly. Read More on »

Trade's Effect on Jobs and Income: The Evidence is Changing

Edward Alden

With the rapid growth of middle classes abroad, trade should be an opportunity for the United States to sell into growing markets, increasing opportunities and wages for many Americans here at home. But over the last decade, that has not been the story. Read More on Renewing America »

Why the Euro Will Survive

C. Fred Bergsten

While Europe's powerhouses have yet to agree on a clear plan to save the common currency, they all know that the eurozone's collapse would be a political and economic disaster, and so they will ultimately pay whatever price is necessary to keep it together. Read More on »

North Korea Still Seeking Nuclear Status

Scott A. Snyder

While North Korea's nuclear program has fallen off the front pages, it will likely become a major policy headache for both Washington and Seoul in 2013. Read More on Asia Unbound »

This Week in History

Remembering the Kellogg-Briand Pact

James M. Lindsay

Eighty-three years ago this week, fifteen nations agreed to renounce "war as an instrument of national policy." While the Kellogg-Briand pact eventually acquired sixty signatories, it never stopped any wars. Read More on The Water's Edge »

World Events Calendar

August 31: Legislative Election, Angola
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September 3 - 6: Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC
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September 5 - 6: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers Meeting
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Inside CFR

Global Public Opinion Digests: CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program has updated ten digests of American and international public opinion on a range of issues, such as nuclear proliferation, response to violent conflict, the environment, and more. Read the Digests

Compare the U.S. Presidential Candidates on the Issues

Browse CFR's fifteen continuously-updated summaries of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's positions on U.S. policy on Iran, energy, defense policy, immigration, the economy, and other campaign issues. View the Issue Trackers


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