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Video Brief Roundup: Pakistan, China, and North Korea

by Newsteam Staff
December 27, 2012


These videos are from a series with CFR fellows on vital foreign policy and national security topics that will face President Barack Obama in his second term. They were recorded during the campaign and originally posted as part of the President’s Inbox, a collection of materials on issues that will face the next president beginning next year.

Daniel Markey on Pakistan

In this video, Daniel Markey, CFR’s senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discusses the strategic importance of Pakistan, saying the administration “will be forced to come to terms with the fact that there are no good options when it comes to Pakistan.”

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Elizabeth C. Economy on China

China’s rising global role, increasing assertiveness and upcoming leadership transition may pose significant challenges for the administration, says Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR’s C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies. “China is increasingly shaping the world in which we live,” Economy says. As a result, the president will have to work with China on “virtually every global challenge,” she says, including Iran, North Korea, global financial regulation, and climate change.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Scott A. Snyder on North Korea

CFR’s Scott A. Snyder says North Korea will require renewed attention from the administration due to its nuclear capabilities, uncertainty over its new leadership, and its central location in world’s most vibrant economic region. The president in 2013 will first have to weigh the challenge North Korea presents to the international non-proliferation regime. Second, the president will have to coordinate policy on North Korea with new leaders in both South Korea and China.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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