Mitt Romney emphasized economic theories that invoked optimism, while Barack Obama, the incumbent, spoke of incremental changes and the tough decisions required of the presidency. Read More on Renewing America »
Similar to Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1980 debates, in their first presidential debate both Romney and Obama frequently injected energy into the discussion. While this strategy is politically advantageous, it does little to resolve U.S. energy issues. Read More on Energy, Security, and Climate »
A series of tax increases and spending cuts are due to take effect at the end of 2012 and early 2013. Budget austerity in the midst of a fragile economic recovery has led economists to warn of a double-dip recession in 2013 if Washington fails to intervene. Read More on Renewing America »
Twenty-one years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Georgia witnessed its first democratic transfer of power. Bidzina Ivanishvili's party won the parliamentary elections and the president, Mikheil Saakashvili, conceded defeat. Regional neighbors, however, remain riven by conflict and authoritarianism. Read more »
The October 7 presidential election between Hugo Chavez and Henrique Capriles Radonski holds significant implications for the direction of the country's "socialist revolution," its economy, and foreign policy. Read the Backgrounder »
Last week, President Obama stopped a Chinese-owned company from buying a small wind farm in Oregon. It was the first time in twenty-two years that a U.S. president blocked foreign investment on national security grounds. CFR's Edward Alden says the move sends the wrong signal at a time when the U.S. economy is still struggling to create jobs. Read more on Renewing America »
Africa's thriving democracies and economies, and its "alarming transnational security threats," make it more important than ever to the United States. President Obama, however, has largely ignored the continent. Read More on Foreign Affairs »
Recent forays by North Korean fishing vessels across the disputed Northern Limit Line and a North Korean official's statement that a "spark" could set off nuclear war on the Korean peninsula are again raising questions about what North Korea will do next. Read More on Asia Unbound »
Rule of law programs implemented over the last twenty years have not fully succeeded. A Global Trust should be established to provide unobstructed access to justice for developing nations. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum »
The 2008 financial crisis posed the biggest challenge to the global economy since the Great Depression. Despite the scale of this crisis, evidence suggests that international financial institutions passed the test. Read the Working Paper »
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October 7: Presidential Election, Venezuela CFR Resources on: Venezuela »
October 8: Presidential Election, Slovenia CFR Resources on: Balkans »
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CFR's Iran Crisis Guide Wins Emmy Award
CFR's "Crisis Guide: Iran" won an Emmy Award in the category of "New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage." This is the third Emmy Award for the series: "Crisis Guide: Darfur"won aNews and Documentary awardin 2008, and "Crisis Guide: Global Economy" received a Business and Financial Reporting award in 2009. "Crisis Guide: Pakistan" was nominated in 2011 for the "New Approaches to Documentaries" award.