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April 13, 2011

Energy and Climate Policy
Libya Rocks Oil Markets

As fighting continues across Libya, CFR’s Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Michael Levi, says the main cause of volatility in oil markets hasn’t been the physical impact on oil productio…

June 16, 2011

Democracy
Khalilzad: Democracy Promotion in Egypt, Syria Highest Priority

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations, discusses democracy promotion in the Middle East following the Arab Spring with Mark Lagon, Adjunct Senior …

June 1, 2011

International Organizations
EU’s Rehn backs Christine Lagarde for IMF Chief

European Union Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn says French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde "would make a very good managing director of the IMF for the whole world, not on…

April 18, 2011

Emerging Markets
Spence: Emerging Market Investment Boom Ahead

Economist A. Michael Spence says emerging market growth is going to produce a boom in investment, which in turn may lead to higher interest rates globally, and a tendency to intervene in internatio…

April 21, 2011

Nigeria
CFR’s Campbell: Sounding the Alarm on Boko Haram

CFR’s John Campbell says deteriorating economic and social conditions in Northern Nigeria are behind the recurring upsurge in Boko Haram’s activity. Campbell cautions that the circumstances enabling …

April 22, 2011

Nigeria
Nigeria Vote Rigging Angers Northeners

Following reports of substantial rigging in Nigeria’s April 16 presidential elections, John Campbell, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the issue is …

May 26, 2011

Sudan
Abyei Dispute May Threaten Sudan’s Peace Agreement

Escalating fighting in Sudan’s disputed border region of Abyei "has the potential, the threat, of growing into something much larger that could in fact endanger the peace agreements between the North…

May 2, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Bin Laden’s Symbolic Death Won’t End Extremism

Steven Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, expects that bin Laden’s death will not have a significant impact on al-Qaeda or organizations like it. Ex…

May 4, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Bin Laden May Become More Powerful Dead

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says that Osama bin Laden is more valuable to al-Qaeda dead than alive. Comparing bin Laden’s death to that of Sayyid Qutb, Husain argues…

June 2, 2011

Human Rights
North Korea Food Aid: Avoiding Moral Hazard

Following U.S. envoy Robert King’s visit to North Korea to assess the food situation in the country, CFR’s Adjunct Senior Fellow for Korea Studies Scott A. Snyder says that any U.S. decision to provi…