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President-elect Barack Obama has a plan to overhaul the Bush administration’s domestic counterterrorism program, the New York Time reports. Under the plan, the duties of the homeland security adviser would be transfered to the National Security Council.
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism briefed Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano on its latest report Wednesday. In remarks at the briefing (AFP), Biden said the United States is “not doing all we can to prevent the world’s most lethal weapons from winding up in the hands of terrorists.”
The Obama-Biden transition team announced its policy working group leaders on Wednesday. Among the leaders are Daniel Tarullo on economic issues, Carol Browner on energy and the environment, T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on immigration, and James Steinberg and Susan Rice on national security.
President-elect Obama, meeting President Bush yesterday at the White House, urged Bush to extend an aid package (WashPost) to automakers by giving them access to some of the Treasury Department’s $700 billion economic rescue program. Bush indicated to Obama that he might be willing to consider throwing his support behind such a measure if congressional Democrats agree to support his proposed free trade deal with Colombia.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his first public statement on the U.S. elections, offering President-elect Barack Obama congratulations on his victory and calling on Obama to implement a foreign policy of “non-interference.” The BBC says Ahmadinejad’s gesture is the first official message of goodwill to an American leader from an Iranian president since the country’s Islamist revolution in 1979.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) call the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “outrageous, but sadly necessary,” and say they will ensure the institutions are “permanently restructured and downsized, and no longer use taxpayer backing to serve lobbyists, management, boards and shareholders.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ray Lahood (R-IL) is one of the country’s most prominent Arab-American lawmakers and is ranking Republican on the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. Now preparing to step down after 14 years in Congress, Lahood spoke with CFR.org on the sidelines of the GOP convention about some foreign policy developments and priorities. Here are excerpts:
In The Hacked World Order, CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal shows how governments use the web to wage war and spy on, coerce, and damage each other. More
Red Team provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates. More
Through insightful analysis and engaging graphics, How America Stacks Up explores how the United States can keep pace with global economic competition. More
India now matters to U.S. interests in virtually every dimension. This Independent Task Force report assesses the current situation in India and the U.S.-India relationship, and suggests a new model for partnership with a rising India.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The report outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
This report asserts that elevating and prioritizing the U.S.-Canada-Mexico relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.