Friday, February 22, 2008

The World This Week: Cuba - Campaign 2008 - Pakistan - more

From the Council on Foreign Relations

February 22, 2008

In this Issue:

Cuba's Comandante Steps Down

Democratic Hair Splitting on Foreign Policy

U.S. Scrambles on Pakistan Policy

Running Rings Around the Beijing Games

Cuba's Fidel Castro has resigned after nearly five decades of rule, leaving his country's immediate fate in the hands of his brother, Raul. Read more
Foreign Affairs: "Fidel's Final Victory" by Julia Sweig
Backgrounder: State Sponsors - Cuba
Backgrounder: U.S.-Cuba Relations
CFR Experts on Cuba

Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama agree on many foreign policy issues, although they continue to try to highlight distinctions. Read more
Backgrounder: Foreign Policy and the 2008 Presidential Nominating Campaigns
Candidate Guides: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama
Campaign 2008 Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Iraq

Pakistan's elections have left the U.S. to recalibrate its policy toward the country, which hinged on Pakistani military action against terrorists. Read more
Gwertzman Interview with Fr�d�ric Grare, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Pakistan Facing Period of "Governmental Instability"
Interactive Timeline: U.S.-Pakistan Relations
CFR Experts on Pakistan

Confronted by accusations of a disregard for human rights at home and abroad, Beijing finds the Olympic Games have exposed it to extraordinary international pressure. Read more
CFR Meeting Transcript: Digital Openness in Closed Societies
Backgrounder: U.S. Internet Providers and the "Great Firewall of China"
Backgrounder: Olympic Pressure on China
CFR Experts on China

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CFR Experts in the News
Campaign 2008 (2/22): Peter Beinart writes that the class divide is a bigger issue for Republicans than Democrats, in Time.
Business (2/21): Richard Haass discusses what global business leaders can learn from government, in McKinsey Quarterly.
U.S. Security (2/21): Charles Ferguson and Bruce MacDonald write that the Bush administration risked U.S. security interests in shooting down a satellite this week, in the Los Angeles Times.
U.S.-Japan Relations (2/21): Weston Konishi questions whether the Okinawa rape crisis will result in U.S. troop withdrawals from Japan, in the Daily Yomiuri.
Cuba (2/20): Amity Shlaes urges President Bush to take a lesson on Cuba from his father's administration, on
Zimbabwe (2/20): The destruction of a currency is "one of the most reckless and cruel acts of government," argues Michael Gerson, in the Washington Post.
Financial Markets (2/20): Roger Kubarych looks at whether recession can be averted, in the Nikkei Financial Daily.


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