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Foreign Affairs Article

Solar Power Comes of Age

Authors: Dickon Pinner and Matt Rogers

Solar power has been declared a winner before, only to flounder. But these days it is expanding faster than any other power source, with momentum that has become unstoppable. The potential benefits—both economic and environmental—could be profound.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Battery Powered

Author: Steve LeVine

When it comes to energy, new technologies can upend the status quo almost overnight, surprising everyone. And just as the shale revolution, unleashed by fracking, has largely triggered the current oil upheaval, so progress in improving batteries could roil geopolitics and business in major ways.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Upgrading the Grid

Author: Brian Warshay

The U.S. electrical grid has hardly changed since the 1880s, and its reliability, effectiveness, and affordability are increasingly being brought into question. To prevent disaster, regulators must abandon outdated electrical architecture and redesign the grid.

See more in United States; Energy Policy

Op-Ed

The Great Drone Contradiction

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

The State Department released a new policy on military drone exports, opening the door to possible sales to countries other than close U.S. allies. Micah Zenko discusses implications of the policy for drone proliferation.

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Op-Ed

No Need to Declare War Against Our Current Enemy

Author: Max Boot
Hoover Institution

Congress is now debating President Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Limited Military Force to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Yet the president’s request for this action from Congress comes more than six months after U.S. aircraft began bombing ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, and even if passed it is merely an authorization for the use of force, not a full-fledged state of war, which Congress has not passed since World War II.

See more in United States; Wars and Warfare; Congresses, Parliaments, National Legislatures

Audio

Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Video

Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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News Release

CFR Expert Blake Clayton Proves Oil-Market Anxiety Is Irrational in New Book

Over the last hundred years, many experts have fallen prey to fears that the world's oil is dwindling and prices are doomed to rise, yet such predictions have repeatedly proven wrong, writes Blake C. Clayton in a new CFR book. Market Madness: A Century of Oil Panics, Crises, and Crashes offers important lessons for Washington and Wall Street about energy policy and financial markets. Buy the book »

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Op-Ed

Obama's Anti-ISIS AUMF: A Classic Muddle

Author: Max Boot
Commentary

Yesterday I wrote “here we go again” with President Obama agonizing over another major foreign-policy decision–whether or not to arm Ukraine–even as our enemies push ahead with great determination and cunning. Today we are seeing yet another Obama MO: the tendency, once endless administration deliberations are finished, to produce a split-the-difference solution that doesn’t accomplish as much as it should.

See more in United States; Military Operations; Presidents and Chiefs of State