Council on Foreign Relations Publications Quarterly
Spring 2013

Restoring the Economic Foundations of American Power

Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order

cover imageThe biggest threat to the United States comes not from abroad but from within, argues CFR President Richard N. Haass in his provocative new book. The United States should limit its foreign entanglements and focus on reducing its debt and overhauling infrastructure, education, and immigration—the foundations of American prosperity and security. "Haass writes ... with a passion for solutions," says Madeleine K. Albright. Read More and Order »

Moving Beyond False Energy Choices

The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future

cover imageTwo seemingly contradictory energy revolutions are unfolding in the United States: both fossil fuels and renewables are flourishing. CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi extricates these technologies from partisan dogmas, showing how a blend of the old and the new can buttress the U.S. economy and energy security while mitigating harm to the environment. "Engaging and illuminating," writes Scientific American. Read More and Order »

Reframing the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead

cover imageThough many associate Mexico with narcotrafficking, violence, and corruption, CFR Senior Fellow Shannon K. O'Neil sees a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and influential pro-democracy voters. With the two countries bound by intricate cultural and commercial ties, O'Neil writes, "it is past time for the United States to forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor." Read More and Order »

India Pursues Poverty Eradication Through Pro-Growth Policies

Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries

cover imageIndia has experimented with both redistributive and pro-growth policies. CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish Bhagwati and Columbia University's Arvind Panagrariya argue forcefully that only the latter has succeeded in reducing poverty. Drawing lessons from India for global poverty eradication, this book is sure to challenge dominant development paradigms. Read More and Order »

The Democratic Reversal

Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government

cover imageAfter the Cold War, democracy was thought to be on an inexorable march forward, catalyzed by economic growth. Not so, says CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick, who observes setbacks to democracy across the world, including in countries with strong democratic traditions and growing economies. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes, "Kurlantzick offers keen insights into what has gone wrong." Read More and Order »

Rethinking U.S. Special Operations Forces

Council Special Report

cover imageSpecial operations forces play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, military leaders and policymakers must address conceptual, operational, and institutional shortfalls, argues Linda Robinson, RAND senior international policy analyst and former CFR adjunct senior fellow. Read More and Download »

Defusing Tensions in the East China Sea

Contingency Planning Memorandum

As tensions between Japan and China over disputed islands in the East China Sea threaten to escalate into armed conflict, the United States has a major stake in maintaining regional stability. By following select policies, the United States can de-escalate the crisis, CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith writes, and maintain its treaty obligations to Japan without antagonizing China. Read More and Download »

Transfer CIA Drone Strikes to the Pentagon

Policy Innovation Memorandum

Nonbattlefield targeted killing policy has evolved haphazardly, and the CIA and Pentagon overlap in their authority over the program. CFR's Micah Zenko argues that drone strikes should be consolidated under the Department of Defense, which would bring transparency and legal clarity to opaque policies while allowing the CIA to focus on its core missions. Read More and Download »

For the Fed, Orchestrating an Exit From Stimulus

Policy Innovation Memorandum

Responding to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. Federal Reserve amassed mortgage-backed securities. CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil proposes an out for the Fed: by swapping mortgage-backed securities with the U.S. Treasury in return for Treasury securities, the Fed can liquidate these holdings without harming the nascent housing recovery. Read More and Download »

Boost Economic Competitiveness With a North American Market

Policy Innovation Memorandum

In looking abroad to promote economic growth, American University professor Robert Pastor argues that the United States need not look further than its two neighbors, Canada and Mexico. By coordinating policy and infrastructure, North American integration will not only stimulate the U.S. economy but will also bolster American influence vis-à-vis Asian and European markets. Read More and Download »

Tapping China’s and India’s Global Health Potential

Working Paper

China and India, both longtime aid recipients, have in recent years become net donors and active participants in global health institutions. CFR's Yanzhong Huang writes that these emerging powers can redefine the global health landscape, but their contributions must be commensurate with their new economic clout. Read More and Download »

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