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May 3, 2012

Economic Crises
The Eurozone’s Austerity-Growth Debate

New questions over the wisdom of unfettered budget cuts are shifting the emphasis of eurozone crisis responses from austerity to growth, says economist Thomas Philippon.

April 25, 2012

Elections and Voting
China’s View of U.S. Presidential Politics

The Chinese leadership is following the U.S. presidential campaign very closely, says Jia Qingguo, a leading American studies scholar, but he notes that a new president is not expected to significant…

March 23, 2012

North Korea
The Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

Heads of fifty nations are discussing how to improve safeguards for nuclear weapons and materials. CFR’s Michael Levi says these summits serve as reminders of the dangers beyond the North Korean and …

March 6, 2012

Elections and Voting
Will Putin’s Victory Change Russia?

Vladimir Putin’s reelection as president raises concerns over domestic reforms and relations with Washington. Russia’s future will be determined by Putin’s handling of opponents and whether oppositio…

February 15, 2012

United States
How to Mend U.S.-China Ties

As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the United States, CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy says Washington must address the trust deficit with Beijing as the top policy priority.

January 20, 2012

United States
Examining Obama’s Pipeline Decision

The Keystone XL pipeline debate shows the pitfalls of politics intruding on energy policy, says CFR’s Michael Levi. He reviews the pros and cons of the issue and proposes additional steps to bolster …

January 4, 2012

Wars and Conflict
How Serious Are Iran’s Threats?

Iran’s threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz is intended to signal its deterrent capacity to the United States and bolster leadership at home amid biting economic sanctions, says expert Mich…

December 14, 2011

Afghanistan
Who Is Targeting Afghanistan’s Shia?

Attacks on Shia Muslims in Afghanistan claimed by a Pakistani militant group are a disturbing omen -- for sectarian ties and the prospects for a peace deal with insurgents, says counterterrorism expe…

December 6, 2011

Elections and Voting
Understanding Putin’s Setback

The sharp drop in support for the ruling United Russia party in parliamentary elections reflects growing public discontent with Vladimir Putin’s decision to seek the presidency again next year, says …

November 17, 2011

Economic Crises
Restructuring Euro Debt and Latin Lessons

Greece’s new prime minister is seeking crucial parliamentary support for an EU bailout package that will require restructuring its sovereign debt. Economist William Cline says Uruguay’s 2003 default …