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Recent Publications
Spring 2015
An Essential Library on International Affairs
New CFR Books
sheila a. smith
r ivals
japanese domestic politics
and a rising china
Intimate Rivals
Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China
by Sheila A. Smith
Sheila A. Smith explores the policy issues testing the
Japanese government as it navigates its relationship with
an advancing China, finding that Japan’s interactions with
China extend far beyond the negotiations between diplomats
to include a broad array of social actors intent on influencing
the Sino-Japanese relationship.
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Columbia University Press • 384 pp. • ISBN 978-0-23116-788-8 • $40.00
Market Madness
A Century of Oil Panics, Crises, and Crashes
by Blake Clayton
As oil-market turbulence persists, Blake Clayton recounts
how experts continually fall prey to fears that the world’s oil
is dwindling and prices are doomed to rise despite empirical
proof against such predictions. Market Madness offers important lessons for Washington and Wall Street about energy
policy and financial markets
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Oxford University Press • 248 pp. • ISBN 978-0-19999-005-4 • $27.95
New CFR Report
Political Instability in Zimbabwe
In this Contingency Planning Memorandum, George F.
Ward argues that the United States should position itself to
take advantage of a post-Mugabe transition by working with
other countries of the southern African region to limit the
risk of civil violence in Zimbabwe and to lay the groundwork
for a better future.
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New Council Special Reports
Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China
Robert D. Blackwill and Ashley J. Tellis anticipate an inevitable rivalry between Washington and Beijing for decades to
come and call for “a new grand strategy toward China that
centers on balancing the rise of Chinese power rather than
continuing to assist its ascendancy,” a strategy that would
place less emphasis on support and cooperation and more on
pressure and competition.
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CSR 72 • 54 pp. • ISBN 978-0-87609-621-5 • $10.00
Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations
in Africa
Paul D. Williams analyzes the strategic and financial pressures facing peacekeepers in Africa and offers clear steps that
the United States should take to bolster multilateral institutions and support more efficient and effective missions.
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CSR 73 • 54 pp. • ISBN 978-0-87609-624-6 • $10.00
New CFR Report
A Bipartisan Work Plan
Helping America to Work
The United States needs new policies designed to help
people develop the skills they need to manage economic
change with greater personal security. Matthew J. Slaughter
and Robert B. Zoellick lay out a jobs-policy overhaul to support innovation and adapt to changing needs.
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New CFR Reports
Aligning U.S. and ROK Visions for East Asia
Scott A. Snyder and Woo Jung-yeop suggest that
Washington should support the Seoul Process and Seoul
should support the U.S. rebalance to Asia, given the two
allies’ overlapping goals of promoting cooperation and
strengthening respect for international norms in Asia.
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The Pivot in Southeast Asia
Balancing Interests and Values
Joshua Kurlantzick argues that the United States should
refocus its Southeast Asia policy in two ways: prioritize the
countries of peninsular Southeast Asia and restore the emphasis on democracy and human rights in the region.
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No Helping Hand
Federal Worker-Retraining Policy
A decade ago the United States had the lowest share of longterm unemployed workers among developed nations; today,
levels are nearly as high as those in Europe, despite stronger
overall U.S. economic performance. This Progress Report
and Scorecard from CFR’s Renewing America initiative
shows that federal employment and training programs that
assist job seekers do little to help the long-term unemployed.
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Quality Control
Federal Regulation Policy
The United States is no longer the trailblazer in regulatory
reform. This Progress Report and Scorecard outlines the
current state of federal regulation in the United States and
charts ways the U.S. regulatory management system could
be improved.
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New CFR Reports
Conflict in the South China Sea
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea continue to be
a source of tension between China and other countries in
the region. Bonnie S. Glaser argues that the United States
should help lower the risk of conflict, including the potential for dangerous military incidents involving U.S. and
Chinese forces.
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Political Crisis in Venezuela
Venezuela is in a state of protracted crisis. Patrick Duddy
updates his 2012 Contingency Planning Memorandum to reflect the current likelihood of significant political instability
in Venezuela and the options available to the United States.
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Working With India to Stabilize Afghanistan
As the international troop presence in Afghanistan shrinks,
the United States and India have a shared interest in a stable
future for Afghanistan. Alyssa Ayres writes that the United
States should encourage Indian support for Afghanistan in
areas of Indian expertise: democracy, economics, and civilian security.
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Promoting Norms for Cyberspace
U.S. efforts to promote its preferred norms for cyberspace—
Internet openness, security, and free speech—suffered a
significant setback in the summer of 2013 with the Snowden
disclosures. Henry Farrell identifies three steps the United
States can take to reinvigorate its norm-promotion efforts.
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