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January 26, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…

A woman drives a car in October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. Saudi female activists are campaigning to change this rule (Courtesy Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser).

January 29, 2014

Corporate Governance
Obama's State of the Union: A Missed Opportunity for Progress

President Obama has been nothing if not a model of consistency in his State of the Union speeches, focusing again and again on the critical need to lift up America’s struggling middle classes. There …

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

August 14, 2012

Infrastructure
Guest Post: Can the Feds Help Atlanta Rethink Its Failed Infrastructure Initiative?

The following is a guest post by Scott Thomasson, the president of NewBuild Strategies LLC, an energy and infrastructure consulting firm in Washington, DC. When voters in Atlanta went to the polls a…

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June 20, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Economists’ Expectations for Fed Meeting

A majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the Federal Reserve to decide today to extend Operation Twist, but not to initiate another round of quantitative easing. Operation Twist is an ef…

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June 14, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: A Strategy for U.S. Natural Gas Exports

In a new paper published by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi assesses the costs and benefits of natural gas exports, and recommends allowing exports wit…

An Australian liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier, with four cyrogenic storage tanks that hold LNG, sails off the coast of Western Australia (Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

June 19, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Congressional Leaders Try to Save Transportation Bill

Congressional leaders will meet today to resolve differences on the transportation bill (AP). House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will join committee chairm…

Pres. Obama speaks with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. John Mica (R-FL), the chairmen of the transportation bill’s joint-chamber committee, before the 2011 State of the Union address (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

December 7, 2015

Climate Change
Molina and Zaelke: Cutting Short-Lived Pollutants Can Give Quick Wins on Warming

Policymakers should look to reductions in potent, short-lived pollutants to reduce warming faster than cuts to carbon dioxide emissions alone, write Nobel Prize-winner Mario Molina and Institute for …

September 10, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Congressional Interest in South Sudan

The civil war and associated humanitarian disasters in South Sudan is reawakening Congressional interest and concern for South Sudan. A bipartisan group of seven congressmen have introduced a bill, H…

Kiir Signs

May 11, 2015

Iraq
Mothers of the Middle East

As I write, Mother’s Day 2015 is coming to a close. It was a special day. Who is better than Mom? I called my mother, made breakfast in bed for my wife, spoke to my mother-in-law, and cheered all the…

Mothers of the Middle East

June 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Jeb Bush, GOP Presidential Candidate

We have had two presidents who were the fathers of presidents. We have had a president who was the grandfather of a president. We have even had presidents who were fifth cousins. But we have never ha…

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Miami, Florida June 15, 2015.