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January 11, 2011

International Law
Bracing for Indictments in Lebanon

Pending indictments in a UN tribunal could link Hezbollah and Syria to the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Lebanon expert Michael Young says all sides, including Saudi Arabia an…

December 23, 2010

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
The Cost of the World’s Long Senior Moment

Trends in global aging in the coming decades pose serious fiscal challenges to developed and developing nations unless longstanding social policies are revamped, says CFR’s Michael Hodin.

December 2, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Belt-Tightening for U.S. Foreign Policy

The bipartisan deficit reduction plan stresses the need to tighten U.S. foreign policy priorities, even if U.S. allies fail to pick up the slack, says expert Michael Mandelbaum.

November 18, 2010

Climate Change
Reinforcing Climate Promises in Cancun

Key technical, political, and legal issues remain unresolved ahead of the UN climate talks in Cancun. CFR’s Michael Levi says the best outcome would be to firm up the Copenhagen Accord commitments on…

September 23, 2010

Venezuela
Opposition Challenges for Chávez

Venezuela’s National Assembly elections this weekend are a referendum on President Hugo Chávez and a "proxy" for the 2012 presidential elections, says expert Michael McCarthy. They could also bolster…

September 9, 2010

Defense and Security
Countering Threats Abroad, and at Home

Nine years after 9/11, the United States needs to combat the proliferating threat of Islamist radicalism abroad and anti-Muslim sentiment at home, says CFR’s Richard A. Falkenrath.

July 14, 2010

Afghanistan
Obama’s Foreign Policy Performance

Although the Obama administration’s dealings with Moscow and Beijing have been handled adroitly, its management of the war in Afghanistan and threats in the Middle East have been less successful, say…

April 6, 2010

Defense Technology
U.S. Nuclear Posture’s New Priorities

The Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review charts new positions on potential targets of U.S. atomic weapons, preventing proliferation, and developing new weapons, says CFR’s Michael Levi.

December 11, 2009

Defense Technology
Guarding the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Following a post-Cold War erosion of senior level attention to nuclear weapons stewardship, the Air Force general charged with protecting the U.S. nuclear arsenal says his service is finally regainin…

December 11, 2009

United States
Obama’s Nobel Obstacles

President Obama, a newly minted Nobel Peace Prize winner, now faces the daunting task of delivering on a range of challenges, especially nuclear nonproliferation and climate change, says CFR’s Michae…