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May 28, 2013

United States
Obama’s Mixed Counterterror Message

President Obama’s counterterrorism speech made strides toward greater transparency but missed opportunities to articulate a vision for moving beyond a perpetual war footing, says CFR’s John Bellinger…

March 29, 2013

United States
Seeking Daylight on U.S. Drone Policy

What is the Obama administration’s legal justification for targeted killings? CFR national security expert John Bellinger explores this question as well as others with significant implications for U…

February 12, 2013

Vatican City
Papacy in Transition

The surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has given rise to speculations that the next pontiff to lead the Catholic Church will hail from the developing world, says expert James P. McCartin.

January 31, 2013

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
North Korea’s Nuclear Needs

Pyongyang appears determined to become a nuclear weapon state while still aiming to cultivate economic ties with the outside world, says expert Victor Cha.

February 28, 2012

Cuba
The Frozen U.S.-Cuba Relationship

Under President Raul Castro, Cuba has begun economic and political reforms while bolstering ties with Brazil and the Vatican. But Washington has failed to seize on opportunities for expanding relatio…

January 24, 2012

Afghanistan
Taliban Talks, a Balancing Act

The United States continues to pursue peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban as a means to secure stability. Bruce Riedel discusses the challenges faced by the administration, including its ongoing t…

December 29, 2011

Elections and Voting
Kicking off the 2012 GOP Contest

Looking ahead to the Iowa caucuses and upcoming primaries in January, CFR’s James Lindsay says Republican candidates are taking aim at President Obama’s foreign policies, yet it’s unclear what they w…

October 13, 2011

Iran
Mounting Questions on Iran Terror Plot

It seems unlikely that the plot to kill a Saudi ambassador involved the highest levels of Iran’s government, says expert Kenneth Katzman, including the plan to use non-Muslim proxies to carry it out.

July 21, 2011

Economic Crises
Why the U.S. Needs to Cut the Deficit

While Congress is likely to raise the U.S. debt ceiling ahead of the August 2 deadline, lawmakers will still need to hash out a long-term deficit-reduction package to avoid market disruption and pres…

June 7, 2011

Global
HIV’s Tenuous Funding Road

With the UN meeting on AIDS funding this week, CFR’s Laurie Garrett says the slow response to the AIDS epidemic was the single biggest failure in public health and argues the need to double funding f…