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September 2012

September 2012

Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

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"Speculation is rife that the White House may soon decide to tap the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR)," writes CFR Fellow Blake Clayton in a recent CFR Energy, Security, and Climate blog post.

Expanding on the issue in a new CFR Working Paper, "Lessons Learned From the 2011 Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release," Clayton discusses the International Energy Agency (IEA)coordinated emergency oil release of 2011 and provides recommendations for the political and market consequences.

CFR International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security

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Obamacare and the Court

In this Foreign Affairs article, New York University School of Law's Barry Friedman argues that by upholding the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Supreme Court justices have ensured that any debates on health policy will "take place in the public sphere rather than in the courtroom." To learn more, visit Foreign Affairs »

Class, Health, and the American Elections

In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett reviews the complex social, political, and financial issues at play and their implications for domestic and global health programs. Read more »

Issue Tracker: Candidates on Homeland Security

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at the voting history of Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama with regard to homeland security and counterterrorism.

According to the tracker, the Obama administration's "guiding principles" include defeating terrorism worldwide, strengthening bio and nuclear security, improving intelligence capacity, ensuring cybersecurity, and promoting resilient infrastructure. For GOP nominee Mitt Romney, homeland security priorities include cybersecurity and counterradicalization in Muslim communities.

NYPD's Powers of Threat Perception

In this CFR Expert Brief, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy Matt Waxman critiques the NYPD's new "Domain Awareness System," which combines and analyzes many streams of information to track criminals and terrorists. According to Waxman, the system raises questions about privacy and transparency that are likely to spark debate at multiple levels of government. Learn more about the "Domain Awareness System" »