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November 2, 2012


A Heavy Post-Election Agenda

Although the economy is certain to be the next president's biggest challenge, an array of thorny foreign policy problems awaits the winner of the presidential election next Tuesday. Read the Interview »


Why Governments Matter

Edward Alden

The federal response to Hurricane Sandy highlights the value of government services for natural disasters and other emergencies. Read More on Renewing America »

Global Effects of Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy has reignited the debate about climate change. This multimedia guide explores the known effects, diplomatic dilemmas, relevant technologies and policy options, and diverse perspectives on the problem. View the Interactive »

Weighing Short-Term Climate Change Action

Michael Levi

Is it even possible to alter the course of climate change over the next fifty years? Humans have limited, but potentially meaningful influence on the effects of climate change in the coming decades. Read More on Energy, Security, and Climate »


The Struggle for a Stable Syria

The failure of another cease-fire in Syria has exposed the difficulties of international efforts to ease the crisis and the wariness about a military response. Read the Backgrounder »

Arab Uprisings Are About National Empowerment

Steven A. Cook

Many in the Arab world distrust Western efforts to eradicate extremism. The United States should avoid inserting itself into the debate over identity and religion. Read More on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »


An Audio Preview of the World Ahead

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, next week's presidential election, and China's change in leadership. Read Highlights and Listen to the Podcast »


The United States' Long Third War

Micah Zenko

The U.S. government has been conducting covert drone warfare in Pakistan for the past ten years, and a recent uptick in strikes suggests that it will continue for years to come. Read more »

Are U.S. Taxes Too High?

Grover G. Norquist and Andrea Louise Campbell

Campbell contends that lowering taxes will only pad the pockets of the rich. Norquist argues that tax cuts will spur the economic growth needed to reduce the U.S. budget deficit. Read More on »

International Justice from 1945 to the Present

Since 1945, many leaders, such as Slobodan Milosevic, Charles Taylor, and Hosni Mubarak, have been brought before domestic and international courts to answer to charges including genocide, corruption, and crimes against humanity. This timeline surveys these efforts to promote and enforce the rule of law worldwide View the Interactive Timeline »

Who Will Address Myanmar's Ethnic Violence?

Joshua Kurlantzick

Between sixty and one hundred people have been killed in ethnic violence in western Myanmar over the past week, and President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have yet to make statements on the issue. Read More on Asia Unbound »

China's Mismanaged Tobacco Problem

Yanzhong Huang

China is home to more than thirty percent of the world's smoking population and accounts for more than one million tobacco related deaths annually, yet Chinese leaders have failed to reduce tobacco use. Read More on Asia Unbound »


November 6: Presidential Election, United States
CFR Resources on: Campaign 2012 »

November 8: Xi Jinping to Replace Hu Jintao as President of the People’s Republic of China
CFR Resources on: China »

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