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October 13, 2017

United States
navy birthday Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 242 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

October 10, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Ethnic Yazidis flee the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq. How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have sparked debate over the national security implications of its refugee pr…

September 13, 2017

Energy and Environment
Flood Waters at Motiva Port Arthur facility Harvey Lessons for U.S. Export Role: Public-Private Stockpiles

Inventories play a crucial role in oil and gas commodity markets by smoothing out short term dislocations and sudden changes in demand. The historically high inventory levels lingering from the after…

March 29, 2015

President Carter and Israel--Again

Jimmy Carter writes about (that is to say, against) Israel once again in The Washington Post today, in a column entitled "Rebuild Gaza." Why is Gaza not being rebuilt? Two reasons. First, Carter say…

August 22, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address to the nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The Not-So-New "New" South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump outlined last night the much-anticipated strategy his administration will adopt in Afghanistan, now the United States’ longest war. Trump placed Afghanistan in the context o…

August 15, 2017

Kenya
International Observers during Kenya 2017 election International Observers and the Kenya Election

The outcome of the Kenya elections remains disputed. The International Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, the winner of the presidential elec…

August 10, 2017

Pakistan
Saifullah Khalid (2nd L), president of the Milli Muslim League political party, holds a party flag with others during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, August 7, 2017. Faisal Mahmood/Reuters Weak Link in Afghanistan Strategy: Pakistan, Still Not Serious About Terrorism

Nearly sixteen long years on, the United States still struggles with how to devise a strategy for success in Afghanistan. The Donald J. Trump administration’s ongoing strategic review, according to p…

August 9, 2017

Kenya
Kenya-Elections-Voting-Kenyatta-Odinga The Kenyan Elections: One Day Later

In Kenya and around the world, anxiety is mounting about the potential for violence following the August 8 national elections. Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is leading opposition candidate Raila…

August 7, 2017

Sanctions
Economic-Sanctions.jpg What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution.

June 27, 2017

India
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi head back to the Oval Office after delivering joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. Role Reversal: As the United States Steps Back From Global Leadership, India Steps Up

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, he will find an America rethinking its global leadership role, looking more inw…