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October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

July 25, 2017

Corruption
What Latin America Can Learn From Past Anticorruption Success

As Latin America reflects on its current wave of anticorruption successes—including the arrest of former Guatemalan president, Odebrecht prosecutions in Peru, and the ongoing Lava Jato cleanup in Bra…

President Roosevelt pointing at a map of South America towards the area explored during the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition in Brazil as another man looks on.

April 6, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Remembering America’s Entry into the Great War

Today marks the one hundredth anniversary of Congress declaring war on Germany, thereby thrusting the United States into the Great War, or what we know today as World War I. The vote was a major turn…

Architect Joe Weishaar adjusts flags in honor of the fallen Washington area WWI veterans on Veterans Day at DC War Memorial in Washington

January 31, 2014

Education
The New GOP Immigration Principles: A Historic Shift

The decision yesterday by House Republicans to release a broad set of principles for immigration reform may or may not lead to successful legislation this year. There are still many political and sub…

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks at his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington January 16, 2014 (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters).

September 23, 2013

Education
Travel and Tourism: Small Investments, Big Returns

Whenever I fly back from a trip outside the country, I’m always relieved to be carrying a U.S. passport, because the customs and immigration inspection lines for those who are not Americans or perman…

A traveler has his fingerprints scanned at the international travel entry point at JFK International Airport in New York on March 25, 2008 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

January 28, 2013

Education
Immigration Reform: Five Years Later, Five Big Challenges

It has been more than five years since the last congressional effort at comprehensive immigration reform dissolved in acrimony. Since that time, the U.S. government has deported nearly 2 million unau…

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September 14, 2012

Education
Techonomy and the Future of Cities: What I Learned

I spent a fascinating day this week at the Techonomy conference in Detroit, and came away with a new appreciation for why I should get out of Washington more than I do. The conference, the brainchild…

David Kirkpatrick introduces Techonomy Detroit (Courtesy Techonomy).

May 15, 2013

Immigration and Migration
Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States

As Senate immigration negotiations continue, the Council on Foreign Relations has just released a report on the effectiveness of U.S. immigration enforcement. The authors, Bryan Roberts (a senior eco…

Managing immigration - LAM

June 30, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Reads of the Week

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks an area under a bridge crossing between the United States and Mexico (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Starting today, at the end of each week I will post a weekly ro…

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks an area under a bridge crossing between the United States and Mexico (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

May 23, 2016

United States
Will Killing Mullah Mansour Work?

On Saturday, the Pentagon released a remarkable statement: “Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur.” Soon after, a tweet from the Office of…

Mullah Mansur