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May 25, 2018

United States
memorial day 2018 Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

June 15, 2012

Labor and Employment
The North Carolina state capitol building (DaveCrosby/Flickr). Policy Initiative Spotlight: North Carolina’s Local Government Commission

In this Policy Initiative Spotlight, Renewing America contributor Steven J. Markovich examines the growing problem of municipal bankruptcy, and the heavy-handed approach taken by some states in respo…

May 7, 2018

South Korea
South Korea at a Crossroads Teaching Notes South Korea at the Crossroads

Teaching Notes for South Korea at a Crossroads, written by CFR Senior Fellow Scott Snyder

April 24, 2018

Defense and Security
Military Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad, but many are unfamiliar with its composition. CFR examines the U.S. military by gender, race, geography and other demographic factors.

March 14, 2012

Education
The Novartis flu cell culture and adjuvant manufacturing facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina (Jason Arthurs/Courtesy Reuters). When Manufacturing Jobs Disappear: What We Can Learn from North Carolina

While it’s not a competition that any state would want to win, no state was hit harder by the collapse of U.S. manufacturing employment over the past two decades than North Carolina. In 1990, more th…

February 11, 2014

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
“It’s the Growth, Stupid” (Or Half of It): Unemployment in North Carolina “It’s the Growth, Stupid” (Or Half of It): Unemployment in North Carolina

In July, North Carolina cut off unemployment benefits for those who have been on benefits for 19 weeks, down from 99.  This made it a test run for what would happen nationally after January 1, whe…

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

February 19, 2016

Elections and Voting
RTX26X2S Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Tough Talk in South Carolina

South Carolina looks to be living up to its reputation as a rough-and-tumble place for politics. The GOP candidates have been going after each other with a vengeance in the hopes of gaining an advant…

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, October 9, 2017. Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well…

September 18, 2017

United States
Air Force Birthday The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …