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June 19, 2012

Trade
Better Regulation for Freer Trade

See CFR Senior Fellow and Renewing America Director Edward Alden's accompanying blog post here. Changes in the way the world trades have increased the importance of regulation in international com…

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October 2, 2012

Rule of Law
A Global Trust for Rule of Law

The rule of law is critical for people to have a meaningful opportunity to thrive. Still, for billions of people around the world today, the rule of law exists on paper but not in practice. Even thou…

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October 23, 2013

Health Policy and Initiatives
Making the New Revolutions in Biology Safe

The foreign policy community has largely ignored the unfolding revolution in biology, leaving its supervision to traditional scientific bodies, and, in rare cases, law enforcement agencies. This is a…

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June 25, 2012

Afghanistan
What It Will Take to Secure Afghanistan

Afghanistan is approaching a major inflection point in its long and turbulent history. In 2014 most of the foreign military forces are due to pull out. With them will go the bulk of foreign financing…

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July 8, 2013

Fossil Fuels
The Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports

Federal lawmakers should overturn the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the United States. As recently as half a decade ago, oil companies had no interest in exporting U.S. crude oil, but that h…

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February 26, 2013

Pakistan
Support Process Over Personalities in Pakistan

Pakistan's leadership transitions over the course of 2013 will complicate, perhaps even disrupt, the already tenuous U.S.-Pakistan relationship. As in the past, Washington may be tempted to lend supp…

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April 2, 2012

Afghanistan
Salvaging Governance Reform in Afghanistan

Governance reform is crucial to stability in Afghanistan, but time is running out. To avoid failure, the United States should focus its efforts on the critical subset of its original reform agenda th…

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February 19, 2014

Yemen
Countering Terrorism: An Institution-Building Approach for Yemen

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker argue that the ECB's bank stress tests will roil rather than calm markets if recapitalization funds are not set aside in advance, as they were in the case of the highly successful U.S. tests in 2009.

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March 14, 2013

Monetary Policy
Exiting from Monetary Stimulus: A Better Plan for the Fed

The U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus efforts have an undesirable side effect that needs to be managed with great care: the Fed has amassed a huge stock of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) tha…

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December 5, 2012

Security Alliances
Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

U.S.-Mexico security cooperation, led by the Merida Initiative, is vital and must continue. But with Enrique Pena Nieto's inauguration, Mexico's political landscape is now changing, and the United St…

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