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March 23, 2012

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

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 element is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

June 14, 2018

United States
Army Birthday 2018 Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

June 12, 2018

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A family watches as a burial team lowers their loved one into a grave at a U.S.-built cemetery in Disco Hill, Liberia. The Ebola Virus

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

June 11, 2018

Cybersecurity
NYC Blackout Not The Cyber Deterrence the United States Wants

The U.S. approach to cyber deterrence assumes that Washington will be deterring others. The Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the 2016 election tests that assumption. 

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

June 8, 2018

Cybersecurity
ZTE Cyber Week in Review: June 8, 2018

This week: the Trump administration cuts a deal with ZTE, France tries to define disinformation in law, Facebook gave cellphone manufacturers access to user data, and Edward Snowden.

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Putin Russia’s Role on North Korea: More Important than You Might Think

In the context of resolving the North Korean nuclear challenge, Russia rarely makes the news. South Korea is the reverse image; China is the enabler; the United States is the tough guy; and Japan is …

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…

May 25, 2018

Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2018. The Complicated Geopolitics of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Iran

U.S.-Iranian conflict resolution is in flux following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and it remains unclear whether sanctions will be sufficient to force Iran back to the negotiating table. A deeper dive into the energy realpolitik of the matter reveals a host of barriers to improving the status quo in the Middle East.