Friday, February 8, 2008

The World This Week: Pakistan - Iraq - Chad - more

From the Council on Foreign Relations

February 8, 2008

In this Issue:

Pakistan's Diversity of Terrorism

McCain Advances for GOP, Democrats Split Vote

Tensions Rise in Iraq's Kurdish North

Chad Unrest Could 'Set Darfur Aflame'

Pakistan has emerged as a terrorist sanctuary for some of the world's most violent groups, including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and home-grown militants. Read more of this Backgrounder Interview with Ashley J. Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Pakistan's Mixed Record on Anti-Terrorism
Podcast with Imran Khan, Chairman, Tehreek-e-Insaf Party
Interactive Map: Pakistan's Troubled Tribal Belt
CFR Experts on Pakistan and Terrorism

John McCain took a major stride toward the GOP nomination on Super Tuesday while the Democratic race remains tightly contested. Read more
Backgrounder: The Role of Delegates in the U.S. Presidential Nominating Process
Podcast with David R. Ay�n: Hispanic Voters Favor Moderate Approach to Immigration Reform
Campaign 2008 Candidate Guides: McCain, Clinton, Obama

Iraqi Kurds' growing appetite for control of their own destiny has sparked worries that Kurdish nationalism could undermine Iraq's fragile political progress. Read more
Backgrounder: The Iraqi Kurdish Question
Backgrounder: Why Iraqis Cannot Agree on an Oil Law Interview with Falah Mustafa Bakir, Director of the Foreign Relations Department, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq
CFR Experts on Iraq

Africa analyst Alex de Waal sees Sudan behind the ongoing attempt to overthrow Chad's government. Listen to this podcast
Backgrounder: Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic
Council Special Report: Darfur and Beyond - What is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities

The Immigration Balancing Act: Border Security, Cheap Labor and U.S. Jobs
Watch a panel of experts discuss the role of the immigration debate in the 2008 presidential election. This is the third in a series of public meetings sponsored by, the Economist, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

CFR Experts in the News
Religion (2/8): Noah Feldman writes that Turkey must "show that liberal values and Islam are not only compatible but complementary," in the New York Times.
U.S. Presidential Election (2/8): Michael Gerson argues that John McCain's foreign policy idealism deserves the support of conservatives, in the Washington Post.
Republican Party (2/7): Amity Shlaes argues that John McCain is "a pretty good Republican candidate," on
Campaign 2008 (2/6): Michael Gerson writes that McCain's support of the troop surge in Iraq may give him an advantage in the campaign, in the Washington Post.
Iraq (2/4): Max Boot argues that "a guarantee of American disengagement is likely to retard rather than to advance the kind of political progress that Clinton and Obama claim to want," in Commentary.
North Korea (2/1): Michael Gerson urges the U.S. to "tie the improvement of relations to both security and human rights," in the Washington Post.
U.S. Politics (1/31): Peter Beinart argues that "bitter primary contests don't necessarily hurt candidates in the general election," in the Washington Post.

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