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November 16, 2012


Will Egypt Step in and Help To Stop Hamas' Attacks?

Richard N. Haass

The U.S. should press Egypt to rein in Hamas, which attacked Israel mainly to galvanize its base and promote itself in the Gaza Strip. Watch the Video »

Why Did Hamas Provoke a Conflict?

Elliott Abrams

Hamas reignited a conflict with Israel partly because it wants to return to center stage and remind people that, while the Palestinian Authority talks, it acts. Read More on Pressure Points »

War Will Not Ensure Israel’s Long-term Security

Ed Husain

Despite this week's violent exchange with Hamas, Israel should take advantage of progress made with Palestinians and work to build trust in order to move forward. Watch the Video »

Israel-Hamas Conflict Could be a Nightmare Scenario

Steven A. Cook

Escalation of the conflict leaves the Israelis vulnerable to deteriorating relations with Egypt, the possibility of two fronts in Gaza, and the crumbling of its relationship with Jordan. Listen to the Interview »

China in Transition

China’s New Leaders: No Reform Dream Team

Elizabeth C. Economy

China's Eighteenth Communist Party Congress was a triumph for the party's conservative clique and a victory for the status quo. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Facing an Economic Turning Point

Peter R. Orszag

While the U.S. is preoccupied with confronting the fiscal cliff, how China's new leaders navigate its economic challenges may turn out to be more important to the global economy. Read the Op-ed »

The Future of Chinese Cyberpower

Adam Segal

China's new leaders want to expand its development as a global cyberpower and increase both defensive and offensive capabilities. But short-term change is highly unlikely while they consolidate their positions. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Is China Better Off Than It Was Ten Years Ago?

Damien Ma

Although China's economy has grown robustly in the past ten years, economic inequality has increased, the environment has suffered, and tensions have risen in the Pacific. China's next president should learn from his predecessor's errors. Read More on »


No Easy Answers in Syria

Ed Husain

Last weekend, Syrian opposition figures agreed to form a new coalition group to manage their affairs and coordinate humanitarian and military aid, amid calls from the U.S. and European and Gulf countries for greater unity. Yet, it remains to be seen if the new coalition has any influence on what goes on inside Syria. Read the Interview »

Protests in Jordan Go Beyond Economic Discontent

Robert M. Danin

Recent demonstrations in Jordan focused on more than a reduction in energy subsidies. They also reflected anger at perceived government corruption, and included calls for a regime change. Read More on Middle East Matters »

Europe Is Messing Up Merkel's Union

Sebastian Mallaby

Germany would be better served if its planned eurozone banking supervisory board adopts a voting system that favors wealthier euro states. Read the Op-ed »


Obama's Trip to Myanmar Represents a Radical Shift in Policy

Elizabeth C. Economy and Joshua Kurlantzick

Economy and Kurlantzick brief reporters on the future of U.S. policy and economic interests in Southeast Asia. Listen to the Discussion »

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss President Obama's trip to Myanmar; elections in Catalonia, Spain; and the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Read Highlights and Listen to the Podcast »

ASEAN Lags Behind Its Potential

Joshua Kurlantzick

Most Western leaders and many of Southeast Asia's top officials do not consider ASEAN capable of handling serious economic or security challenges. President Barack Obama can do more by supporting it as the central actor in future Asian economic and diplomatic integration. Read the Working Paper »

Entrepreneurs Innovate for Peace in Afghanistan

An unlikely band of female technology entrepreneurs aim to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for Afghanistan. Read More on Democracy in Development »


November 16 - 21: President Obama to Visit Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar
CFR Resources on: Southeast Asia »

November 17: Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, Sierra Leone
CFR Resources on: Sierra Leone »

November 18 - 20: ASEAN Summit, Cambodia
CFR Resources on: ASEAN »

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A Look at South Korea's Contributions to Global Security

Over the past few years, South Korea has become an active contributor to international stability through its "increased participation in peacekeeping, antipiracy, postconflict stabilization, counterproliferation, and other activities," writes Senior Fellow Scott A. Snyder in a new CFR ebook Global Korea: South Korea's Contributions to International Security.


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