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November 18, 2008

Economic Crises
For Pakistan, a Global Downturn Adds to Woes

CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey writes that the global financial downturn is exacerbating preexisting economic problems in Pakistan.

September 22, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
What Americans Want from the United Nations

Surveys during the past decade show consistent support among Americans for the UN’s role in the world order but also worry about its dysfunctions. CFR’s Stewart Patrick says President Barack Obama sh…

October 15, 2009

International Organizations
Troubling Turnover on UN Security Council

The annual rotation of non-permanent members to the UN Security Council this year is likely to present difficulties for U.S. interests, including containing nuclear proliferation, writes CFR’s Kara C…

September 18, 2009

International Organizations
Obama at the UN: The Burden of the Anti-Bush

President Obama’s first appearance before the UN General Assembly is an opportunity to reassert U.S. leadership at the world body on issues from nonproliferation to peacekeeping, writes CFR’s Stewart…

November 4, 2009

United States
The Fall of the Wall and American Grand Strategy

The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago marked a triumph of the U.S. strategy of containment. But U.S. policymakers have been struggling to establish new guidelines for confronting the world’s compl…

January 25, 2010

Iraq
Iraqi Elections: Political Tremors?

Reports of Sunnis being banned from Iraq’s March 7 elections are a reminder of the dangerous fault lines in Iraqi politics, which the United States can best influence with support rather than interfe…

February 19, 2010

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ending Eastern Congo’s Misery

With the death toll in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely exceeding six million, the UN peacekeeping force needs beefing up, and both the Rwandan and Congolese governments should punish …

March 23, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Health Reform Vote: Global Impressions

Healthcare reform has been seen internationally as a test of President Obama’s mettle, writes CFR’s global health expert Laurie Garrett, and GOP challenges will force it to be a White House preoccupa…

April 5, 2010

Development
Spending So That Haiti Is ’Built Back Better’

The $9.9 billion pledged toward Haitian reconstruction at last week’s donors’ conference will be ineffective without insisting that funding for housing and jobs be wedded to overall goals for Haitian…

April 14, 2010

Human Rights
For Obama, Vexing Detainee Decisions Loom

The Obama administration, at first swift to move away from Bush-era detainee practices, has found itself struggling through a political and legal thicket about where and how to try those accused of w…