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Center for Preventive Action

Works: 40 works in 141 publications in 1 language and 9,625 library holdings
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Roles: Other, Editor, Publisher
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Most widely held works by Center for Preventive Action
Balkans 2010 : report of an independent task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Preventive Action by Edward C Meyer( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 1990s, nowhere was the virus of militant ethnic nationalism more deadly than in the Balkans. America and its allies ultimately played an indispensable role stopping atrocities and creating conditions for sustainable peace; now, after a decade of extensive involvement, the international community is looking to wind down its commitment in the region." "The Center for Preventive Action, a conflict prevention initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations, formed this Independent Task Force to develop tangible and practical recommendations to put the Balkan states irreversibly on the path toward integration with Europe, and to allow the international community to reduce its presence in an orderly fashion by 2010." "The Task Force's key recommendations include: first, the European Union taking the lead on the Balkans, but with American leadership and partnership to ensure that U.S. interests - particularly in the areas of military reform and the combating of organized politico-criminal syndicates that undermine regional and even global security - are safeguarded; second, shifting the priorities of international and local actors toward the standards of the European Union and NATO accession plans, and using conditionality - 'carrots and sticks' - by the international community to achieve its priorities; third, increasing investment and trade in the Balkans through banking-sector reform, privatization of state- or publicly owned corporations, private-sector development, and legislative and judicial action on property rights." "The Task Force included senior experts on the Balkans and U.S. foreign policy from a cross-section of think tanks, government, the military, international organizations, academia, and the business community."--Jacket
Andes 2020 : a new strategy for the challenges of Colombia and the region : report of an independent commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action by Daniel W Christman( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Center for Preventive Action, a conflict prevention initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations, established the Andes 2020 Preventive Action Commission to develop concrete, pragmatic recommendations to broaden and strengthen U.S., international, and local engagement and coordination in the region, with an eye toward strategies that will help prevent the outbreak of major conflict and mitigate current levels of violence."--Jacket
Indonesia commission : peace and progress in Papua : report of an independent commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Preventive Action by Dennis C Blair( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papua, a remote and impoverished yet resource-rich Indonesian province, is at risk of a descent into conflict that would likely destabilize the entire country. According to this report from commission Indonesia and Southeast Asia experts, Indonesia's central government can avoid conflict in Papua by giving it greater self-governance and a stake in the development of its vast natural wealth
Stabilizing Nigeria : sanctions, incentives, and support for civil society by Peter Lewis( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afghanistan's uncertain transition from turmoil to normalcy by Barnett R Rubin( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Council Special Report argues that Afghanistan is still far from stability and that the United States should take the lead in ensuring full funding and implementation of the Afghanistan Compact, and develop a coherent strategy toward the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship. This report is also available in Spanish
Securing Pakistan's tribal belt by Daniel Seth Markey( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pakistan constitutes one of the most important and difficult challenges facing U.S. foreign policy. What is at stake is considerable by any measure. Pakistan is the world's second-most-populous Muslim-majority country, with nearly 170 million people. It shares borders with Afghanistan, where U.S. and allied forces are struggling to promote stability amid a continuing insurgency, and India, with which it has fought a series of conflicts. Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and history of abetting proliferation put it in a position to dilute global efforts to stem the spread of nuclear materials and weapons. And it is host to local extremist groups, the Taliban, and global terrorist organizations, most notably al-Qaeda. The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has long been characterized by cooperation and recrimination alike. Pakistan is a strategic friend of the United States, but one that often appears unable or unwilling to address a number of vexing security concerns. Political disarray has further hampered Islamabad's capacity for strong and united action. The result in Washington is often frustration mixed with uncertainty about what to do about it. Few dimensions of dealing with Pakistan are the source of as much frustration as the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the subject of this Council Special Report commissioned by the Center for Preventive Action. Daniel Markey analyzes the unique challenges of this region, which has long been largely outside Pakistani government control. He argues that the United States must work with Islamabad to confront security threats and improve governance and economic opportunity in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), something that could reduce militancy. The report lays out a cooperative, incentives-based strategy for the United States that would aim to increase the capacity of the Pakistani government and its security institutions, foster political and economic reform, and build confidence in the bilateral relationship. At the same time, the report outlines alternatives to be considered should this positive approach fail to advance U.S. interests. These alternatives, be they coercive sanctions to induce Pakistan to act or unilateral U.S. action against security threats, could bring some short-term progress in dealing with significant threats-but at the cost of bringing about a more hostile Pakistan that would cease to be a partner of any sort. There is no way to escape either the difficulties or the dilemmas. Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt is a thorough and knowledgeable examination of a critical set of issues involving Pakistan, the United States, and much more. The report offers detailed and wide-ranging recommendations for a country and a region that has long challenged U.S. leaders and that is sure to be a priority of the next U.S. administration as well
Preparing for sudden change in North Korea by Paul B Stares( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Council Special Report ... focuses on how to manage one of the central unknowns: the prospect of a change in North Korea's leadership. The report examines three scenarios: managed succession, in which the top post transitions smoothly; contested succession, in which government officials or factions fight for power after Kim's demise; and failed succession, in which a new government cannot cement its legitimacy, possibly leading to North Korea's collapse
Averting crisis in Ukraine by Steven Pifer( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Council Special Report, commissioned by CFR's Center for Preventive Action, takes all these issues into account and examines the many challenges facing Ukraine. The report comprehensively analyzes the country's difficulties, related to both domestic conditions -- for example, fractious politics and deeply divided public opinion -- and foreign policy -- for example, issues related to the Black Sea Fleet and Ukrainian and European dependence on Russia's natural gas. The report then recommends ways for the United States to encourage Ukraine on a path of stability and integration with the West. It proposes measures to bolster high-level dialogue between Washington and Kiev, foster effective governance in Ukraine, and reduce Ukraine's susceptibility to Russian pressure. On the crucial NATO question, the report urges the United States to support continued Ukrainian integration with the alliance, though it recommends waiting to back concrete steps toward membership until Kiev achieves consensus on this point. One need not agree with this judgment to find Pifer's analysis of value. Averting Crisis in Ukraine takes a clear-eyed look at the issues that could cause instability -- or worse -- in Ukraine. But it also recommends practical steps that could increase the prospect that Ukraine will enjoy a prosperous, democratic, and independent future
Planning for post-Mugabe Zimbabwe by Michelle D Gavin( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once among sub-Saharan Africa's most prosperous and promising states, Zimbabwe has been driven by mismanagement to social and economic ruin. The plight of its people and the prospect for instability in the region make the situation deeply troubling for its citizens, its neighbors, and for the United States and the entire international community. But there appears to be little in the way of viable options to bring about favorable change. In this Council Special Report, produced by the Council's Center for Preventive Action, Michelle D. Gavin urges the United States to look past the current government to Zimbabwe's future. She argues that by leading an international process to plan for recovery and reconstruction after President Robert Mugabe eventually departs, the United States can increase the likelihood that change, when it comes, will bring constructive reform instead of conflict and state collapse. Moreover, this planning could encourage and possibly hasten Mugabe's exit. Ms. Gavin proposes a series of multilateral steps the United States could take now, such as building consensus around post-Mugabe reform measures and establishing an international trust fund to be used for assistance. Such activities would not only provide incentives for Zimbabwe's next leaders to pursue sound governance, but would also give the United States an opportunity to strengthen its often-troubled relationship with South Africa. Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe takes a fresh but realistic look at the situation. In so doing, it offers a way to advance U.S. interests in the region and increase the chance that Zimbabwe's eventual political transition reverses, rather than continues, that country's decline."--Provided by publisher
Somalia : a new approach by Bronwyn E Bruton( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Even among failed states-- those countries unable to exercise authority over their territory and provide the most basic services to their people-- Somalia stands apart. A country of some nine million, it has lacked a central government since the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre's regime in 1991. Poverty and insecurity are endemic. Less than 40 percent of Somalis are literate, more than one in ten children dies before turning five, and a person born in Somalia today cannot assume with any confidence that he or she will reach the age of fifty. Failed states provide fertile ground for terrorism, drug trafficking, and a host of other ills that threaten to spill beyond their borders. Somalia is thus a problem not just for Somalis but for the United States and the world. In particular, the specter of Somalia's providing a sanctuary for al-Qaeda has become an important concern, and piracy off Somalia's coast, which affects vital international shipping lanes, remains a menace. In this report, Bronwyn E. Bruton proposes a strategy to combat terrorism and promote development and stability in Somalia. She first outlines the recent political history involving the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) formed in 2004 and its Islamist opponents, chiefly the Shabaab, which has declared allegiance to al-Qaeda. She then analyzes U.S. interests in the country, including counterterrorism, piracy, and humanitarian concerns, as well as the prospect of broader regional instability."--Page vii
Dealing with Damascus : seeking a greater return on U.S.-Syria relations by Mona Yacoubian( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this Council Special Report, Mona Yacoubian and Scott Lasensky make a strong case that the Bush administration's policy of diplomatic isolation of Syria is not serving U.S. interests, and offer informed history and thoughtful analysis of the country and its external behavior
The drug war in Mexico : confronting a shared threat by David A Shirk( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mexico's deteriorating security situation has caused some U.S. analysts to view Mexico as a failed or failing state. While these fears are exaggerated, the problems of widespread crime and violence, government corruption, and inadequate access to justice pose grave challenges for the Mexican state. The Obama administration has therefore affirmed its commitment to assist Mexico through continued bilateral collaboration, funding for judicial and security sector reform, and building "resilient communities." David Shirk explores the capacities and limitations of Mexico, examines the factors that have undermined effective state performance, assesses the prospects for U.S. support to strengthen critical state institutions, and offers recommendations for reducing the potential of state failure. He argues that the United States should help Mexico address its pressing crime and corruption problems by going beyond traditional programs to strengthen the country's judicial and security sector capacity and help it build stronger political institutions, a more robust economy, and a thriving civil
Partners in preventive action : the United States and international institutions by Paul B Stares( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unipolar moment, to the extent it ever existed, has now truly passed. The United States is part of a globalized world, in which the flows of goods, finance, people, and much more connect us to other countries as never before. But for all the myriad benefits globalization brings, it also means that the challenges of the coming decades -- be they generated by resource competition, climate change, cybercrime, terrorism, or classic competition and rivalry -- cannot be solved or even mitigated by one country alone. Countries will need to cooperate on policies that extend across borders to address issues that affect them all. In this report, the authors argue that the United States should increasingly look to international institutions -- the United Nations and regional organizations like the European Union, the African Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -- as partners in conflict prevention and peacemaking worldwide. These organizations can serve as a platform for developing and enforcing international norms; provide a source of legitimacy for diplomatic and military efforts; and aggregate the operational resources of their members, all of which can increase the ease and effectiveness of American peacemaking efforts
Enhancing U.S. support for peace operations in Africa by Paul D Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Record numbers of peacekeepers are currently deployed in Africa. They undertake critical missions, including stabilizing countries wracked by violence, protecting civilians, facilitating humanitarian assistance, degrading illegal armed groups, running elections, and supporting public security and the rule of law. When deployed in the right circumstances, peace operations have a good track record of facilitating transitions from war to peace as they did in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Namibia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cambodia, East Timor, and Bosnia. Evidence is strong that peace operations help protect civilians. Successive U.S. administrations have concluded that such operations serve American interests and national security, are cost-effective, and generate greater legitimacy than U.S. missions carried out alone. In Africa specifically, peace operations promote two of Washington's principal objectives: advancing peace and security and strengthening democratic institutions"--Introduction
Managing instability on China's periphery by Paul B Stares( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If past experience is any guide, the United States and China will find themselves embroiled in a serious crisis at some point in the future. With the goal of encouraging a broader assessment of potential sources of friction in U.S-China relations and how they might be mitigated, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) embarked on this study. Following the introductory overview of the principal issues that could put the United States and China on a collision course, CFR fellows discuss three countries on China's periphery, North Korea, Myanmar, and Pakistan, as well as the collection of Central Asia states. Each paper considers current sources of instability, potential crisis triggers, U.S. and Chinese interests, where they converge and diverge, and policy options for preventing a major crisis and mitigating the consequences
Countering criminal violence in Central America by Michael Shifter( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Violent crime in Central America -- particularly in the "northern triangle" of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala -- is reaching breathtaking levels. Murder rates in the region are among the highest in the world. To a certain extent, Central America's predicament is one of geography -- it is sandwiched between some of the world's largest drug producers in South America and the world's largest consumer of illegal drugs, the United States. The region is awash in weapons and gunmen, and high rates of poverty ensure substantial numbers of willing recruits for organized crime syndicates. Weak, underfunded, and sometimes corrupt governments struggle to keep up with the challenge. Though the United States has offered substantial aid to Central American efforts to address criminal violence, it also contributes to the problem through its high levels of drug consumption, relatively relaxed gun control laws, and deportation policies that have sent home more than a million illegal migrants with violent records. This report assesses the causes and consequences of the violence faced by several Central American countries and examines the national, regional, and international efforts intended to curb its worst effects"--Page vii
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Andes 2020 : a new strategy for the challenges of Colombia and the region : report of an independent commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action
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Centar za preventivne akcije

Center for Preventive Action


Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action


CPA (Center for Preventive Action)

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Andes 2020 : a new strategy for the challenges of Colombia and the region : report of an independent commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive ActionIndonesia commission : peace and progress in Papua : report of an independent commission sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Preventive ActionStabilizing Nigeria : sanctions, incentives, and support for civil societyAfghanistan's uncertain transition from turmoil to normalcySecuring Pakistan's tribal beltPreparing for sudden change in North KoreaAverting crisis in UkrainePlanning for post-Mugabe Zimbabwe