A new proposal by the bipartisan "Gang of Six" to reduce deficits by nearly $4 trillion could gain traction among House Republicans, with polls showing greater public support for raising the debt ceiling as the August 2 deadline approaches, says CFR's Sebastian Mallaby.
This analysis outlines eight reasons why the "Theory of Inevitable Compromise"--that Republicans and Democrats will ultimately hammer out a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling ahead of August 2--may not hold true in this instance.
The Economist argues that the Republicans are playing a cynical political game with hugely high economic stakes as they cling to the position that not a single cent of deficit reduction must come from a higher tax take.
In this piece for Foreign Policy, Flynt Leverett, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Hillary Mann Leverett, a professor at American University, write that American policy in the Middle East is no better under the Obama administration than it was under the Bush administration.
John B. Bellinger III says President Obama should seize the opportunity presented by Republican support for increased domestic oil and gas production to urge the Senate to approve the Law of the Sea Convention.
President Obama's competing deficit-cutting plan stimulates a crucial debate with Republicans that will have major consequences for U.S. and global growth, but no compromise appears imminent, says CFR's James Lindsay.
Speakers: Timothy L. Fort, Lonnie S. Keene, and Stanley S. Litow
The December 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review emphasized, among other things, the importance of smart and coordinated foreign assistance efforts, and a whole of government approach to achieving U.S. foreign policy goals. NGOs, private sector companies, and others have traditionally worked alongside government to support U.S. foreign policy efforts that align to their own interests; from immediate responses to humanitarian disasters, to translating large scale economic development initiatives into local level implementation, to solving regional and global issues from malaria and HIV prevention, to environmental sustainability. Where public sector and private sector interests and objectives intersect, leveraging resources and improving collaboration among stakeholders can lead to positive outcomes-as well as challenges. How have government, civil society organizations, and the private sector coordinated in areas of mutual interest? What can government do to encourage a "beyond whole of government" approach to U.S. foreign policy?
As President Barack Obama nears the halfway point in his four-year term, PolitiFact.com compiled a tally of campaign promises and found that he kept many more vows than he broke. Writing for Reuters, Alister Bull, highlights the larger promises.
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