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The election of Narendra Modi could set the stage for new talks over trade and investments between the U.S. and one of the world's biggest economies.
A report last month that China's economy will soon become the world's largest has sparked worries.
The West is threatening another round of sanctions against Russia in an effort to deter meddling in the May 25 presidential elections in Ukraine. The Obama administration and its allies are placing high hopes in the ability of sanctions to sway Russian actions and generally contest Russia's annexation of Crimea and meddling in the Ukraine.
Stephen Sestanovich reflects on the Monica Lewinsky scandal and its relevance to the current presidency.
Each year, state and local governments in the United States spend more than $80 billion, or roughly 7 percent of their total budgets, on tax breaks and subsidies to attract investments from auto companies, movie producers, aircraft makers and other industries. Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss explore the possiblity of ending such compensation.
Just when you thought Europe would never take strong action against Russian policy in Ukraine, something big is in the works.
In her column, Julia Sweig reflects on the spending habits of Brazil's 1 percent, and on economic inequality and sustainability in both Brazil and the United States.
Micah Zenko considers the prosaic, though important, matter of how U.S. civilian and military officials think about national security space issues.
Peter R. Orszag argues that much of the recent acceleration in U.S. health-care spending is temporary, but he cautions that the acceleration could become permanent if U.S. policy makers do not move more quickly to shift health-care payments to a fee-for-value basis.
Max Boot argues that the new defense budget unveiled by Secretary Hagel in February would cripple the U.S. military.
Max Boot argues that the White House should take a lesson from the situation in Iraq in deciding how many troops to commit to Afghanistan next year.
The tragedy of Iran is that it may not be able to reach an agreement over its nuclear program even when it knows it needs one. The Islamic Republic's political class knows its hold on power depends on sustained economic growth, and that in turn requires a resolution of the nuclear issue.
Max Boot looks to the British and Soviet experiences in Afghanistan for lessons on how the U.S. should handle its own drawdown.
Richard Haass writes, "the concept that should inform American foreign policy is one that the Obama administration proposed in its first term: the pivot or rebalancing toward Asia, with decreasing emphasis on the Middle East," in the Wall Street Journal.
Max Boot argues that President Obama would seriously jeopardize the recent progress in Afghanistan if he decides to leave only 5,000 troops there next year.
On Monday, the Obama White House dropped another round of sanctions on some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's cronies, but it's not clear if this will affect Putin's policies toward Ukraine.
Emerson Brooking discusses the difficulty—and necessity—of proposed defense spending reductions in the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act. In the long run, national security is a function of economic health, not just military power.
Russia seems undeterred by sanctions, and the latest efforts to create a truce are failing.
Obama has finally made it to Asia. But the crisis in Ukraine is stealing the spotlight.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
This Independent Task Force report finds that as more people and services become interconnected and dependent on the Internet, societies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
This Independent Task Force asserts that Turkey is an increasingly influential regional and economic power and calls for the United States and Turkey to forge a new partnership.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
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