The World Next Week: December 1, 2011

A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: EU leaders meet for a critical summit; the Greek parliament votes on a 2012 budget; a conference on Afghanistan's future convenes without Pakistan; and the UK embassy attack bolsters a push for sanctions on Iran.

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  • Sebastian Mallaby
    Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics
  • Robert McMahon
    Managing Editor

Show Notes

CFR's Senior Fellow for International Economics Sebastian Mallaby and CFR.org Editor Robert McMahon preview major world events in the week ahead.

In this week's podcast: EU leaders meet for a critical summit; the Greek parliament votes on a 2012 budget; a conference on Afghanistan's future convenes without Pakistan; and the UK embassy attack bolsters a push for sanctions on Iran.

Theme music by Miguel Herrero under Creative Commons License

Sudan

Congress returns from recess and grapples with contentious agenda items, including reauthorization of a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and a Ukraine aid package; Sudan enters a second year of civil war with more than half of the country’s population in need of aid and millions more displaced; and Ecuadorian police breach international law by raiding the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas. 

Rwanda

Rwanda marks thirty years since its genocide against the Tutsis; U.S. President Joe Biden hosts the first trilateral leaders’ summit with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.; music fans celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Swedish pop group ABBA’s Eurovision win; and Ekrem İmamoğlu is elected mayor of Istanbul, in a rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party.

Russia

The fallout after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip ​​and release of all hostages further reveals a growing strain between the United States and Israel; Russia reels from the ISIS-K terrorist attack on concertgoers near Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin deliberating how to respond; the Cuban government cracks down on recent protests across the country over food shortages and power outages; and former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is found to have stayed overnight at the Hungarian embassy in Brasília in February 2024. 

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Economics

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South Korea

The center-left Democratic Party added to its legislative majority after the recent parliamentary election, which would deal a blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol’s domestic reform agenda and possibly his efforts to improve ties with Japan.