Council on Foreign Relations Publications Quarterly
Summer 2013

Building Durable and Prosperous Democracies

Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons From Democratic Transitions

cover imageMany developing countries have launched transitions from authoritarianism to democracy over the past twenty-five years, with divergent and compelling results. As a wave of change continues to sweep the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman and CFR Fellow Terra Lawson-Remer offer an authoritative and accessible look at what countries should do to build stable, equitable democracies, and what the Unites States and others can do to help. Read More and Order »

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

Task Force Report

cover image"Escalating attacks on countries, companies, and individuals, as well as pervasive criminal activity, threaten the security and safety of the Internet," warns this CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force. The report suggests ways the United States should rethink its domestic policies to achieve a coherent vision to successfully meet the challenges and threats of the digital age. Read More and Order »

Empowering Girls by Combating Child Marriage

Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives

cover imageChild marriage is not only a violation of human rights, but also a threat to U.S. development and foreign policy priorities, writes CFR Fellow Rachel B. Vogelstein. Child marriage perpetuates poverty, poor health and education, instability, and disregard for the law, and is harmful to girls, families, communities, and economies around the globe. Read More and Order »

Calling for Better Data on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States: How Effective Is Enforcement?

cover imageAlthough the United States has witnessed a sharp drop in illegal border crossings in the past decade, there remains little understanding of the role enforcement has played. Econometrica senior economist Bryan Roberts, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden, and George Washington University adjunct lecturer John Whitley explore the need for better data and analyses to design more informed policies. Read More and Order »

Remedial Education: Federal Education Policy

Progress Report and Scorecard

cover imageDespite significant spending on primary and secondary education, the U.S. education system is declining in international competitiveness to the detriment of U.S. national security. Shortcomings among American workers and widening inequalities threaten the country's ability to compete with other countries and set a compelling example internationally. Read More and Download »

Preventing Pharmageddon

Policy Innovation Memorandum

A global fight over access to medicines is brewing, writes CFR Senior Fellow Thomas Bollyky. Addressing litigation, trade tension, and controversy over access to treatments for noncommunicable diseases will require a transformation in global health focusing on low-cost interventions and patient-centered strategies. Read More and Download »

Ending Gaza's Isolation

Policy Innovation Memorandum

Isolating Gaza only strengthens Hamas' grip, perpetuates Palestinian political stagnation, and precludes the creation of a Palestinian state and peace with Israel, writes CFR Senior Fellow Robert M. Danin. Reconnecting Gaza with the West Bank politically and economically is necessary for an enduring Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic agreement. Read More and Download »

A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas

Policy Innovation Memorandum

Lax U.S. gun regulations enable international trafficking and contribute to gun violence in Latin America, writes CFR Senior Fellow Julia E. Sweig. Tighter regulation will help to curb the flow of illegal guns while countering widespread regional views that the United States remains indifferent to its role in the epidemic of gun violence plaguing the Americas. Read More and Download »

The Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports

Policy Innovation Memorandum

Federal lawmakers should overturn the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the United States, argues CFR Fellow Blake Clayton. Removing all proscriptions on crude oil exports, except in extraordinary circumstances, will strengthen the U.S. economy and promote development of the country's energy sector. Read More and Download »

Political Instability in Jordan

Contingency Planning Memorandum

Although Jordan has so far weathered the political storm that has engulfed much of the Middle East since late 2010, several emerging challenges have the potential to threaten stability and lead to policies inimical to U.S. interests. Robert Satloff and David Schenker of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy suggest prudent steps to prevent undesirable developments in Jordan and manage change. Read More and Download »

Politcal Warfare

Policy Innovation Memorandum

The United States should relearn the Cold War craft of political warfare to promote its interests in the Middle East and develop a political strategy to capitalize on short-term gains achieved by air strikes in the region, argue CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot and the Brookings Insitution's Michael Doran. Read More and Download »

Examining the Risks of Dual-Use Research

Working Paper

The publication of two H5N1 flu-transmission studies illustrates why dual-use research of concern is not just a problem for scientists. Gigi K. Gronvall, senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, clarifies arguments for and against publication of the studies and offers lessons learned from the fallout. For more about the broader implications of this H5N1 debate and dual-use research of concern, view this short video by CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett. Read More and Download »

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