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June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The mineral is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

July 18, 2017

Qatar
BP07182017 The Other Gulf Conflict: How the Qatar Crisis Is Playing Out in D.C. Back Rooms

Well-fed lobbyists and think tank experts do battle over catered lunches—but it's not as sleazy as it sounds.

May 30, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017

Manuel Noriega died over the weekend, and therein lie many tales. The ancient Latin bromide de mortuis nihil nisi bonum must be stretched to discuss Noriega, who until his capture and jailing by t…

March 11, 2013

Development
Egypt-fuel-subsidies-budget-inequality-economic-growth.jpg Question of the Week: Inequality Part II

How does inequality affect economic growth? Question of the Week posts review important questions and controversies in global development by providing background information and links to a full spec…

November 16, 2016

United States
Play RTSS8DM_EC.jpg Is Reconciling the EU and U.S. Privacy Regimes Possible?

Experts present views on privacy in the European Union and the United States and identify areas of agreement and potential cooperation.

October 13, 2016

United States
Play RTR3PYR_EC.jpg The Legacy of the Ronald Reagan Administration

Experts discuss the policies and priorities of the Ronald Reagan administration and the lessons to be learned for U.S. foreign policy today.

October 15, 2015

United States
Play IMG_5415_EC.jpg Jim Webb on Foreign Policy

Jim Webb discusses U.S. foreign policy.

November 4, 2014

United States
Cold-War-Memoirs Ten Cold War Memoirs Worth Reading

Yesterday, I posted a list of great histories of the Cold War. Those books provide an excellent analysis of the U.S.-Soviet superpower rivalry. Their great strength is their detachment—they are acade…

January 20, 2015

Turkey
Turkey Jerky_2 Turkey Jerky

Since the outbreak of the Gezi Park protests, which began in May 2013, there has been an inordinate amount of commentary in the newspapers of record, opinion magazines, policy journals, and blogs abo…

February 27, 2012

United States
Weinberger and Sharon inspect drone What Else We Don’t Know About Drones

In 1982, on a tour of the Middle East to monitor the deployment of U.S. Marines to Beirut, Lebanon, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger received a security briefing from his Israeli counterpart, A…