Presidents and Chiefs of State

Op-Ed

Obama Should Push to Give Workers a Stake

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg View

Here's a good idea that I'd like to see prominent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech tonight: shared capitalism. That is, stock-ownership plans or simple profit-sharing schemes for corporate employees. These plans have been shown to effectively align workers' incentives with those of the company's equity owners, but they have not received much attention lately.

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Op-Ed

What President Obama Should Say About Guantanamo in the State of the Union

Author: John B. Bellinger III
Lawfare

John Bellinger argues that President Obama’s categorical dismissal of Guantanamo as a “facility that should have never been opened” needlessly politicizes the issue, alienating the congressional Republicans whose support he will need to close it.  President Obama should use his State of the Union address the most compelling reason for Guantanamo’s closure: that its existence has now become a recruiting tool for terrorists around the world.

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Op-Ed

The Best Worst Quotes of 2014

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

The rise of purported threats such as Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, military intervention in Syria, and shifting military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2014 resulted in numerous notable quotes—whether puzzling, hypocritical, factually incorrect, or revealing—from U.S. officials and policymakers. In his annual article, Micah highlighted the top twenty foreign policy quotes of the year.

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Op-Ed

3 Things to Watch for in Putin’s State of the Union Speech

Author: Stephen Sestanovich
Wall Street Journal

Senior Fellow Stephen Sestanovich argues that to understand where Vladimir Putin will lead Russia, viewers should look to three things in his state of the union address: how he defines the country’s present problems, what he proposes as solutions to them, and how he sets out his long-term vision for Russia.

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Article

The President Who Ate Turkey

Author: Steven A. Cook
Politico Magazine

In evaluating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s first ninety days in office, CFR’s Steven Cook writes that Erdogan has become so power-hungry that he is expanding the powers of the presidency that ever before. As Erdogan makes himself indispensable to all areas of Turkish politics, the more he is rolling back democracy.

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Op-Ed

Obama Needs to Forget Golf and Bring Back His Basketball Hustle

Author: Edward Alden
Washington Post

In a new column for The Washington Post, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden makes the case that in order for President Obama to be effective, he needs to forget the golfer mentality that he has developed during his time in office and bring back the basketball-style hustle that helped him win the White House.

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Op-Ed

In Foreign Policy Debates Ahead, Look to Echoes of 2006

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking reflect on the recent U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections, which saw a strong Republican resurgence. Looking ahead, they argue that President Obama may focus more on foreign policy initiatives in his last two years in office – just as President Bush after 2006.

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