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September 21, 2012

The World This Week

Muslim Protests Raise Questions About Region's Stability

Anti-U.S. protests continue to spread across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. This Issue Guide provides expert analysis on the causes and implications of the crisis. Read more »

United Nations General Assembly

UNGA Faces a Troubled Mideast

Stewart M. Patrick

This year's meetings will likely address two "lightning rod" issues in the Middle East: how to end the bloodshed in Syria and how to stop Iran's nuclear development. Read the Interview »

The Candidates Debate the UN’s Relevance

Though both Obama and Romney have expressed concern with the overall effectiveness of the United Nations, Obama has largely supported the body, while Romney has long been critical. Read the Issue Tracker »

Defining the Next Set of Global Development Goals

Alicia Ely Yamin

The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015. The next set of goals must be selected through a transparent process that includes civil society and the voices of the global poor in a meaningful way. Read More on the Development Channel »


A Tide of Nationalism in the East China Sea

Sheila A. Smith

Escalating friction between Japan and China in the East China Sea is becoming more difficult to contain, fed by political opportunism in both countries. Read the Expert Brief »

Surveying the Income Inequality Debate

A year after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, income inequality remains hotly debated globally. Read the Backgrounder »

The World Ahead

Talk to Iran's Leaders, but Look Beyond Them

Ray Takeyh

The international community should aim to obtain an agreement that imposes some limits on Iran's more disturbing proliferation activities. After that, "the United States must take the lead in devising a coercive strategy to change the parameters of Iran's domestic politics. Read more »

Bibi's Chutzpah

Michael C. Desch

Americans should be outraged with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu for demanding that Washington do far more to protect Israel's security than it does for any of its other allies. Read More on »

Is Bernanke Right on QE3 and the Mortgage Market?

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker

U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke argued that the third round of quantitative easing would lower mortgage rates and increase home prices. Many, including the Financial Times, are skeptical, but the data show that Bernanke has history on his side. Read the Geo-Graphic »

Hard Truths About Global Growth

A. Michael Spence

Economic trouble in the world's high-income countries is spilling over to developing countries, and could lead to an extended period of low growth. Read More on Renewing America »

Latin America Becomes More Competitive

Shannon K. O'Neil

A new competitiveness index finds that, despite challenges such as security, corruption, and infrastructure, Latin American countries are moving in the right direction. Read More on Latin America's Moment »

The Uphill Battle with Noncommunicable Diseases

Thomas Bollyky

One year after the UN's high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases, little progress has been made in generating momentum and new resources. Read the Interview »

This Week in History

The Founding of the United States Air Force

The Air Force was founded sixty-five years ago, and Stuart Symington was sworn in as its first secretary. Read More About Its History on The Water's Edge »

World Events Calendar

September 23: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to Visit the United States
CFR Resources on: Egypt »

September 24: UN General Assembly Meetings Continue
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