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The 33 Biggest Geopolitical Risks For America In 2014

Several of the 2014 geopolitical risks that could affect the U.S. that the Council on Foreign Relations warned about in December are already happening. Political unrest in Ukraine, rated moderate likelihood, moderate impact, has erupted into “civil violence and protracted political instability.” A political crisis in Venezuela, rated low likelihood, […]
The 33 Biggest Geopolitical Risks For America In 2014
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The Most Influential Energy And Climate Studies Of 2012

[credit provider=”Flickr/Salvatore.Freni” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfreni/6080646245/”] Ideas matter. Or at least Council on Foreign Relations fellows like to believe that: otherwise, we’d be wasting a lot of our time.With that in mind, I canvassed some of the smartest observers of the energy and climate worlds – scholars, advocates, journalists, businesspeople, and policymakers – […]
The Most Influential Energy And Climate Studies Of 2012
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Chinese Cybersecurity Trends To Watch For In 2013

[credit provider=”randomwire via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomwire/3802989305/”] With 2012 coming to an end, here are some of the larger trends to watch in Chinese cybersecurity in the upcoming year.New institutions / bureaucratic reform.
Chinese Cybersecurity Trends To Watch For In 2013
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ORSZAG: Paul Ryan’s Health Care Proposal Would Shrink The Medicare Doctor Pool

[credit provider=”Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/white-house-office-of-managment-and-budget-director-peter-news-photo/96349305″] The federal budget proposed by Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, extols the benefits of “promoting true choice” for Medicare beneficiaries.In truth, though, the Ryan plan would substantially reduce choice for many people on Medicare — by cutting them off from their current doctors.
ORSZAG: Paul Ryan’s Health Care Proposal Would Shrink The Medicare Doctor Pool
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Beijing Says The US Is Ruining China’s Relationships With The Rest Of Asia

[credit provider=”Mike Clarke/Getty Images” url=”http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/hillary-clinton-asia-debt-ceiling-debate-intense-dont-worry”] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s swing through Asia has been marked by a revelation in Beijing: the source of all China’s problems with its neighbours is the United States.A Xinhua editorial paints the United States as a “sneaky trouble maker sitting behind some nations […]
Beijing Says The US Is Ruining China’s Relationships With The Rest Of Asia
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Afghanistan Could Be A Huge Problem For Mitt Romney

I noted in a post this morning that Americans have less confidence in Mitt Romney than Barack Obama when it comes to foreign policy. Moments after that post went up the Pew Research centre released a new poll.  It shows the challenge Romney faces in closing the gap with the president on foreign […]
Afghanistan Could Be A Huge Problem For Mitt Romney
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This Is How To Stop North Korea’s Satellite Test And Avoid An All-Out War

[credit provider=”AP” url=”http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1106338–why-north-korea-s-mysterious-new-leader-puts-military-powers-are-on-edge”] Editor’s Note: Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He blogs at Asia Unbound, where this piece originally appeared.As over 50 world leaders gather in Seoul to address the task of how to more […]
This Is How To Stop North Korea’s Satellite Test And Avoid An All-Out War
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This Is How The President Will Sell A War With Iran To The American People

[credit provider=”Official White House Photo by Pete Souza” url=”http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/february-2011-photo-day?category=29″] The public debate on whether the United States and other countries are able to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon exhausted itself years ago.Yet, discussion about confrontation with Iran will persist until one of two things happens: Tehran provides sufficient […]
This Is How The President Will Sell A War With Iran To The American People
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9 Charts Showing Just How Bad This Recovery Has Been

[credit provider=”Chip Somodevilla / Getty”] How does the current recovery compare to those of the past? The following charts provide a series of answers, plotting current indicators (in red) against the average of all post–World War II recoveries (in blue). The x-axis shows the number of months since the end […]
9 Charts Showing Just How Bad This Recovery Has Been
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A Timeline Of The Eurozone, And The Crisis

[credit provider=”flickr / jurjen_nl” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurjen_nl/5271842133/”] The euro was introduced in 2002 as the single currency of the European Union–consolidating the largest trading area in the world and soon rivaling the dollar for global supremacy.But the accumulation of massive and unsustainable deficits and public debt levels in a number of peripheral […]
A Timeline Of The Eurozone, And The Crisis
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Europe Needs A Federal Budget

[credit provider=”flickr / jurjen_nl” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurjen_nl/5271842133/”] The European sovereign debt crisis is threatening to engulf Italy, Spain, and even France, while the recent U.S. credit downgrade has stirred severe market volatility (DeutscheWelle) throughout the continent.In an effort to tame skyrocketing borrowing costs, the European Central Bank (ECB) restarted its government bond […]
Europe Needs A Federal Budget
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The World Already Sees The U.S. As An Eroding Financial Power

[credit provider=”Flickr Jim Larson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/positivelydigital/5548801701/”] With the deadline for a U.S. credit default less than three weeks away, President Barack Obama and top Republican lawmakers remain at odds over a deficit reduction plan that both sides view as a prerequisite to any hike in the debt limit.The impasse continues to […]
The World Already Sees The U.S. As An Eroding Financial Power
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