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June 5, 2013

United States
Can Government Safeguard the Internet?

The U.S. government needs to marshal its cybersecurity resources in support of the private sector and build alliances with international partners, says former CIA director Michael Hayden, member of a…

April 26, 2013

Portugal
Portugal’s Austerity Malaise

Recent developments in Portugal provide yet another example of the growing political strength of anti-austerity forces in Europe.

September 21, 2009

India
India’s Climate Change Forecast

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh says India plans to outline unilateral greenhouse gas emissions cuts soon. But he says rich states must commit to greater cuts of their own before developing countr…

January 9, 2013

Iraq
Difficult Times Ahead for Iraq

The government of Nouri al-Maliki faces a number of challenges in the coming year, including strong opposition from Sunnis, Kurds, and fellow Shiites, says CFR’s Meghan O’Sullivan.

December 6, 2012

Democratic Republic of Congo
Congo’s Weak Peace Process

Rwandan-backed rebels recently withdrew from the eastern Congolese city of Goma, but a comprehensive peace deal with the government remains elusive, says expert Jason Stearns.

December 13, 2012

Russia
Reassessing the U.S.-Russia ’Reset’

The passage of a new trade bill that takes aim at Russia’s human rights record could complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to improve U.S-Russian relations, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

November 20, 2012

Europe
The EU Budget Debate

Acrimony among European leaders regarding a new EU budget is indicative of larger challenges the union faces in facilitating further economic integration, says CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby.

November 8, 2012

China
Deciphering Beijing’s Transition

China’s Communist Party Congress will affirm new top leaders, but little is known about their selection or how they will guide the country, says CFR’s Jerome Cohen.

October 31, 2011

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Seven Billion and Global Stresses

A growing population will add pressures to the world and the environment, and there must be greater focus on women’s education and reproductive health, says demographic expert John Bongaarts.

June 9, 2011

Tunisia
Shaky Economies for Egypt, Tunisia

The G8 pledged new aid to Tunisia and Egypt to help their transition to democracy, but it will be a challenge to turn the aid into desperately needed jobs and an investment-friendly climate, says Mid…