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September 14, 2012

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How to Read the Anti-American Violence

Ed Husain and Isobel Coleman

A perception that America is at war with Muslims is part of what led to assaults on U.S. embassies on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, says Ed Husain. Further misunderstanding about the U.S. government's inability to persecute the authors of a U.S.-made film which mocks Islam continues to fuel the fire, according to Isobel Coleman. Read the Transcript of the Breaking News Call »

Muslim World Protests

Attacks in Libya, Egypt: Three Things to Know

Isobel Coleman

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the killing of the U.S. ambassador may be "the first salvo" of a civil war in the country. Watch the Video »

Arab Spring Nations Don't Yet Grasp Freedom of Dissent

Ed Husain

Recent protests in the Middle East reflect the challenges facing Arab societies in the aftermath of decades of authoritarian leadership. Read more »

Egypt's Protests—Beyond the Movie

Steven A. Cook

The protests in Egypt are not just about a movie—they are about perceived insults on Egyptians national pride and collective dignity that the United States has perpetrated for the previous three decades. Read more »

The Effect on U.S. Relations with Mideast Democracies

Robert Danin

Violence against U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt highlight the difficult road ahead for U.S. relations with these struggling states. Read the Interview »


The Evolution of the European Central Bank

As Europe's central bank moves aggressively to halt the continent's crisis, some critics are asking if it has exceeded its mandate by stepping into the gap created by elected leaders. Read the Backgrounder »

Germany’s Unsustainable Growth

Adam Tooze

Germany seems like Europe's lone island of fiscal stability, but trouble lurks under its impressive export-fueled growth. The country needs to borrow and spend more or face the end of its economic miracle. Read More on »

The World Ahead

The Post-9/11 Civil Liberties Debate

Matthew Waxman

Eleven years after September 11, Americans can expect to see more continuity than change in U.S. counterterrorism policy in the next presidency, although the two candidates may diverge on the future of the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay. Read the Interview »

Tapping National Oil Stockpiles: Lessons from the 2011 Release

Blake Clayton

Concerns about the unrest in the Arab world, U.S. Federal Reserve efforts to boost the economy, and Iran sanctions policy have increased speculation about an emergency oil reserve release. But before officials take action, it is crucial they weigh the lessons of last summer's release of national oil stockpiles. Read the Working Paper »

A World of Opportunity for Latino Entrepreneurs

Edward Alden

Increasing entrepreneurialism among U.S. Latino immigrants would pay large dividends by creating jobs, raising Latino incomes, and boosting the larger economy. Read More on Renewing America »

Preparing for Political Unrest in Venezuela

Patrick Duddy

Ahead of Venezuela's October 7 presidential election, the United States can prepare for the possibility of political unrest by building awareness at the United Nations, and reaching out to regional partners to gauge their likely response to instability. Read the Contingency Planning Memorandum »

Where the U.S. Presidential Candidates Stand on China Policy

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney accuse China of currency manipulation and unfair trade practices and support an expanded U.S. presence in Asia, but Romney dismisses the president's efforts as inadequate. Read the Issue Tracker »

This Week in History

The Oslo Accords

James M. Lindsay

The signing of the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993, was a positive step but failed to produce lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Nonetheless, international agreements can still be useful even when they do not deliver all that is expected of them. Watch the Video »

World Events Calendar

September 18: United Nations General Assembly Opening Session, New York
CFR Resources on: Global Governance »

September 17 - 21: International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference, Vienna
CFR Resources on: Proliferation »

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Inside CFR

CEO Speaker Series: Boeing's Jim McNerney discusses U.S. global competitiveness at CFR's Washington, DC, office. Watch the Video

Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, L.P., shared his view of the global economy at CFR's New York office. Watch the Video

Foreign Affairs Magazine Unveils New Ebook on Iran Nuclear Crisis

Iran and the Bomb: Solving the Persian Puzzle compiles over a decade of Foreign Affairs essays on the Iranian nuclear program. It is available for purchase in PDF, print-on-demand, as well as on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and other ebook platforms.


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