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December 7, 2012

The Challenges of Safeguarding Nuclear Material

Yukiya Amano

Director General Yukiya Amano discusses North Korea, Iran, and other challenges facing the International Atomic Energy Agency. Watch the Video »

Egypt's Constitution

Morsi's Mistake

Steven A. Cook

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood think of themselves as uniquely qualified to rebuild Egypt. Moreover, they believe that they were entrusted to do so during this year's election. Their miscalculation, though, was to think that the rest of Egypt felt the same way. Read More on »

The Constitution's Implications and Challenges Ahead

Isobel Coleman

Egypt's constitutional assembly rushed to approve a controversial draft of a new constitution. Although it has laudable aspects, it should not be rushed into law because it has serious problems, including its provisions on women's rights, as well as religious and press freedom. Read More on Democracy in Development »

A Primer on the Muslim Brotherhood

Dissension over the new constitution raises questions about the ruling party's commitment to democracy. This Backgrounder looks at the group's goals and challenges. Read more »


Political Islam Creates Challenges and Opportunity

Reza Aslan

Now that political Islamists have won elections in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya in the wake of the Arab Spring, they are learning how difficult it is to maintain their incorruptible image and internal unity while also retaining political power. Read the Interview »

United States Should Proceed With Caution in Syria

Ed Husain

The United States' reluctance to officially recognize the Syrian opposition's new coalition is well-founded. There has been little coordination between this new body and the fighting forces inside Syria, and the coalition has not made a credible commitment to reassuring religious and ethnic minorities. Read the Op-Ed »

A Cruel Effort to Protect U.S. Sovereignty

Stewart M. Patrick

The Senate's rejection of the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities, on the basis that it threatens the United States' sovereignty, reflects a Republican Party that has embraced a knee-jerk rejection of all international treaties, regardless of objective merit. Read More on the Internationalist »

Congo's Weak Peace Process

Jason Stearns

Rwandan-backed rebels recently withdrew from the eastern Congolese city of Goma, but a comprehensive peace deal with the government remains elusive. Read the Interview »


Will North Korea's Satellite Launch Lead to Regional Crisis?

Scott A. Snyder

North Korea's proposed satellite launch, scheduled between December 10 and 22, poses a serious challenge to newly elected leaders in South Korea and Japan. Their response will the dictate the course of future relations with North Korea. Read More on Asia Unbound »

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss North Korea's planned rocket launch; the IAEA's plans to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program; and the EU's upcoming summit. Listen to the Podcast »

The Senate Bill that Embraces and Punishes Russia

Russia is upset that a new U.S. Senate bill normalizing trade relations includes provisions that penalize Russian human rights violators. But the benefits of the bill to Russia are significant, and its government would be wise to focus on the positive--rather than negative--aspects. Read More on The Water's Edge »

How Ireland Got its Groove Back

Stephen Kinsella

Ireland is projecting confidence and implementing painful austerity measures to get its fiscal house in order, which is allowing it to borrow money despite its many economic problems. Other debt-ridden European countries, however, would be wrong to conclude that they can do the same. Read More on »

Is Japan in Decline?

Sheila A. Smith

Ahead of Japan's general election Sheila A. Smith has invited experts to analyze Japan's economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan's future. Read More on Asia Unbound »

China Is a Bubble Waiting to Burst

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker

The proportion of China's workforce in manufacturing and construction, at 38 percent, is double the global average. If it does not shift workers to other segments of the economy, it could face an extended slow-down. Read More on Geo-Graphics »


December 12: Friends of Syria Group to Meet, Morocco
CFR Resources on: Syria »

December 13: Iran and IAEA to Begin New Round of Talks on Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program, Tehran
CFR Resources on: Nuclear Proliferation »

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CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon gave a TEDxWomen talk on the need for sustained access to opportunity for women and the gender productivity gap's threat to global economic growth. Watch the talk.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy honored two CFR scholars. It gave Elliott Abrams its Scholar-Statesman Award, which celebrates leaders who exemplify the idea that sound scholarship and a discerning knowledge of history are essential to effective foreign policy. Steven A. Cook earned the gold medal in the 2012 Book Prize competition for The Struggle for Egypt, which chronicles the revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak.

2013–2014 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program

CFR is seeking applicants for the 2013–2014 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program. Qualified candidates must be junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral candidates who are working on a nuclear security-related issue. Click here for more information on the program and application instructions. Applications are due December 14, 2012.


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