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February 3, 2011

Monetary Policy
Managing the World's Dollar Dependency

Introduction The global financial crisis has exposed a weakness in the international monetary (non-)system. Desired levels of currency reserves in emerging markets have jumped over the past decade…

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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 9, 2012

Banking
Beyond the Volcker Rule: A Better Approach to Financial Reform

The Issue An approach to bank regulatory reform that restricts the scope and incentives for bank balance-sheet expansion funded by short-term debt is essential to preventing another major financia…

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April 25, 2012

Security Alliances
A Strategy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

On January 5, President Barack Obama initiated the Defense Strategy Review, identifying Asia as a priority in future U.S. military strategy. North Korea's nuclear proliferation and China's growing mi…

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February 24, 2014

Iran
How to Promote Human Rights in Iran

CFR Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh argues that it is necessary for the United States to emphasize human rights issues during discussions of a nuclear agreement with Iran.

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April 16, 2013

Drones
Transferring CIA Drone Strikes to the Pentagon

The main obstacle to acknowledging the scope, legality, and oversight of U.S. targeted killings beyond traditional or "hot" battlefields is the division of lead executive authority between the Joint …

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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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June 28, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Political Warfare

The United States is in a long-term struggle for influence in the Middle East with competitors such as Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various Salafist organizations. All have …

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July 17, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Ending Gaza’s Isolation

U.S. policy of isolating Gaza is counterproductive and inadvertently helps entrench the terrorist group Hamas' control. The Obama administration should instead encourage trade and contacts between the West Bank and Gazan people to reestablish national institutions and elections, thereby empowering Palestinian partners for peace.

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September 27, 2011

Yemen
Resetting U.S. Policy Toward Yemen

Introduction Yemen is slipping into an uncertain and dangerous future. In early June 2011, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for the past thirty-three years, narrowly escaped…

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