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April 6, 2015

Iran
"Messing" with Israel

In his lengthy interview with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, President Obama makes many statements about Israel’s security and how the proposed deal with Iran enhances it. These words from th…

October 28, 2016

Venezuela
how-venezuela-got-into-this-mess-lam How Venezuela Got Into This Mess

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] By the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will likely be less than three-quarters of its 2013 size. Inflation is set to increase from 700 p…

April 28, 2017

Venezuela
How to Clean up the Mess in Venezuela How to Clean Up the Mess in Venezuela

Venezuela announced this week that it will withdraw from the Organization of American States, deepening its isolation and intensifying the sense of crisis there. In recent months, Venezuela has desce…

January 11, 2018

Cybersecurity
Huawei Cyber Week in Review: January 12, 2018

This week: Huawei hits a U.S. roadblock again, section 702 renewal enters the final stretch, removing "clearly illegal" content from social media, and encryption headaches for the FBI.

October 13, 2010

Palestinian Territories
The Mideast Moratorium Mess

The end of Israel’s ban on settlement building creates political problems for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a dilemma the Obama administration in part brought on itself, says Mideast expe…

April 11, 2012

Infrastructure
Gridlock traffic is pictured on highway 395 (Jason Reed/Reuters). The Infrastructure Mess: Time for Some Small Steps Forward

In the wake of the latest, sadly predictable failure by the Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill, the Renewing America initiative is releasing today a new Policy Innovation Memo, Encoura…

October 4, 2017

Kurds
Kirkuk Statue Image Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territory …

September 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
Equifax To Prevent Another Equifax Breach, Treat Data Leaks Like Oil Spills

The Equifax data breach is a giant mess. Similar events are bound to happen if boardrooms lack a financial incentive to prioritize data security.

August 28, 2017

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Ex Machina The Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities to Artificial Intelligence

The tech world hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) will make our lives easier, but are they paying enough attention to its inherent cybersecurity vulnerabilities?

August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
Charlottesville The U.S. Far Right’s Message of Hate Will Not Prevail Outside Its Internet Echo Chamber

The U.S. far right has learned from the self-declared Islamic State to spread its message of hate online. Fortunately, the neo-Nazi message is less likely to spread offline in the United States.