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  • Sovereign Wealth Funds: A 12-Point Action Plan

    The code of conduct outlined by the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds might lose its rationale if it is not vigorously implemented. The individual aspects of the principles need to be more carefully looked at.

  • Averting Crisis: A Path Forward for China's Healthcare System

    • Meredith Wen
    • March 09, 2009

    An examination of the current structure of China's healthcare system, the obstacles that the regime must overcome to achieve universal healthcare, and the competing proposals for improving it.

  • China’s Evolving Legal System

    In the past three decades, China’s legal system has undergone significant reform. Although a recent study shows improvement, China’s legal reform remains a work in progress.

  • Debunking Five Fallacies on Afghanistan

    Five fallacies continue to dominate discussions of the future of European and NATO strategies in Afghanistan, and undermine the hard questions on effectiveness.

  • Clearing a Path for Guantanamo Returnees: Rehabilitation and Risk-Assessment

    The news that two Saudi nationals held at the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay returned to al-Qaeda in Yemen has raised questions over whether or not terror detainees can be safely released.

  • Pointers for the Obama Administration in the Middle East: Avoiding Myths and Vain Hopes

    The Obama administration will not find easily identifiable lessons and opportunities from the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, but a set of myths that may provoke early mistakes and vain hopes that are offered by some as easy ways out of current difficulties.

  • China’s Fourth Quarter 2008 Statistical Record

    China's recently released economic data for 2008 reveal a mixed economic picture: although weakened trade, declining rural incomes, low prices, and high interest rates are cause for concern, strong growth in agriculture, investment, retail sales, and urban household incomes bodes well for a recovery in 2009.

  • Delivering on the Promise: Advancing U.S. relations with India

    A broad-based relationship between the U.S. and India will be necessary to solve complex global challenges, achieve security in the South Asian region, reestablish stability in the global economy, and overcome the threat of violent Islamic radicalism.

  • The Lessons of Mumbai

    India will continue to face a serious jihadi threat from Pakistan-based terrorist groups for the foreseeable future. However, India lacks military options that have strategic-level effects without a significant risk of a military response by Pakistan. Neither Indian nor U.S. policy is likely to be able to reduce that threat significantly in the short to medium term.

  • Fighting for Harmony: The Threat of Social Instability During the Global Financial Crisis

    • Meredith Wen
    • January 21, 2009

    China's 1990's state-owned enterprise reforms may give some indication as to how the CCP plans to handle current threats to domestic stability.

  • The Gaza War Weakens Arab Moderates

    As domestic opposition and the broader Arab public turn against the Egyptian position and accuse president Hosni Mubarak of complicity in Israel's continued attacks against the Palestinians, Egypt and other moderate Arab governments are losing their ability to negotiate an outcome that protects their interests.

  • Understanding China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

    • Whitney Leonard
    • December 10, 2008

    A recent white paper from the Chinese government explains that China is committed to climate change mitigation and adaptation, through both national and international efforts. As a country that is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, China has set ambitious goals for both adaptation and mitigation, and in recent years it has taken important steps toward these goals.

  • American Presidential Election Results and their Implications for America’s Image and Policies in the Middle East

    • Ahmed Saif
    • December 08, 2008

    The Democrats’ landslide victory over their Republican opponents in house and senate races and Obama’s seizure of the White House represent a harsh indictment of Bush’s presidency, one that has seen the highest disapproval ratings (71 percent) recorded by Gallup. Will the Democrats’ victory in 2008 mark an ideological transformation similar to the one initiated by Reagan’s election in 1980?

  • Obama’s Dilemma Over the Balance of Power in the Arabian Gulf

    • Khaled al-Dakhil
    • December 08, 2008

    Many issues will force themselves onto the new administration’s Middle East agenda. This commentary will only focus on security in the Arabian Gulf in view of Iran’s nuclear program and Obama’s exit strategy from Iraq. For 30 years the Gulf region has been volatile for two reasons: the imbalance of military power, which is the result of strictly political factors, and the U.S. military presence.

  • Obama’s Middle East Policy: What the Arab World Expects

    Amid the overwhelming popular enthusiasm and unprecedented media coverage in the Arab world that accompanied the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, the Carnegie Middle East Center provided an open forum for distinguished Arab observers to share their thoughts on future American policies in the Middle East.

  • Obama and the Middle East: Palestine First

    • Khaled al-Hroub
    • December 05, 2008

    If the Obama administration wants to serve U.S. interests in the region and transform its image from that of an ally of dictators to that of a friend of the masses, then it has to avoid mimicking previous administrations and dispel one of the most common myths surrounding the Arab and Muslim conflict: that the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is too complicated and impossible to resolve.

  • Candid Words for a Candid President

    • Salah ad-Din al-Jourchi
    • December 05, 2008

    What President-elect Obama has to know is that he won overwhelming support not only in the United States but also in the Arab world, where people embraced him with equal enthusiasm. What does President Obama need to do in order not to disappoint Arabs? The answers focused on three issues: Palestine, Iraq, and political reform.

  • Social Significance of Obama's Election

    • Gamal Al-Ghitany
    • December 05, 2008

    The U.S. election was not merely a local affair as the world awaited its outcome with great intensity. The current U.S. election opened our eyes to the merits of American democracy in particular and those of Western democracy in general.

  • The Obama Administration’s Realism and Limitations

    • Elias Harfoush
    • December 05, 2008

    The most important issue to test how differently Obama will approach foreign policy is Iran and its nuclear program, both of which top U.S. and Middle East priorities. Obama’s willingness to hold direct talks with the Iranians is one reason for the positive perception of him among Arabs.

  • The Obama Administration and Islamist Parties: Any Hope of Turning a New Page?

    • Mustapha al-Khalfi
    • December 05, 2008

    U.S. policy toward moderate Islamist movements has been inconsistent. The hope for a tangible change often clashes with a complex legacy. This in turn gives the impression that all options have been exhausted, and thus strengthens the choice of avoiding dealing with the Islamist movements. However, U.S. progress in the Middle East hinges on abandoning this uncertainty.

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