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July 5, 2012

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Iran Nuclear Talks Impasse

This week’s latest round of Iran talks seems to have done little to reconcile the two sides on the country’s nuclear position, says CFR’s Michael A. Levi.

June 1, 2012

Iran
Why Iran Talks Will Continue

Nuclear talks with Iran are unlikely to lead to a deal in the short term, but they have had some impact: easing tensions and calming oil markets, says CFR’s Richard Falkenrath.

May 25, 2012

Economic Crises
The Euro Crisis and the U.S. Economy

The U.S. financial sector is at risk of eurozone sovereign debt contagion that could potentially undermine the fragile U.S. economic recovery, explains economist Richard H. Clarida.

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…

February 1, 2012

Iran
A Third Option for Iran

The extraordinary risks posed by a nuclear-armed Iran require Washington and its partners to step up activity on economic sanctions and diplomacy, even while preparing military options, says CFR Pres…

January 24, 2012

Afghanistan
Taliban Talks, a Balancing Act

The United States continues to pursue peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban as a means to secure stability. Bruce Riedel discusses the challenges faced by the administration, including its ongoing t…

September 9, 2011

Homeland Security
Lost U.S. Opportunities After 9/11

Post-9/11, the United States failed to take advantage of a moment of unprecedented global power to reshape itself and now faces an array of economic threats, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

July 28, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Tightening the Pentagon’s Belt

Defense-spending cuts should be a big part of a deficit reduction deal, says CFR’s Richard Betts, with the Pentagon pursuing a budget that reflects a reduced threat environment and limits the product…

April 29, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Weakened U.S. in Stormy Mideast

Turbulence in the Middle East, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have weakened U.S. influence in the region, says CFR’s Richard Haass, who argues the White House should shun an overall regional s…

March 2, 2011

Democracy
’New Chapter’ in Middle East

The Arab world’s new revolutionary fervor marks a convergence of values the United States should welcome even if it means rethinking the balance of interests and ideals, says Middle East expert Richa…