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August 10, 2017

Kenya-Election-Odinga-Protests Dangerous Times for Kenya

What Kenyans hoped would not happen has happened. A portion of the Kenya electorate does not accept the results as tabulated by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which show …

August 3, 2017

Kenya-National-Park-Election Scene Setter: Kenya’s August 8 Elections

On Tuesday, August 8, Kenyans will vote to fill about 1,880 positions. The highest profile race is for the president. The leading candidates are the Jubilee party’s Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition …

June 22, 2017

Hong-Kong-Democracy-BGR.jpg Democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has certain political and economic freedoms based on China’s “one country, two systems” principle, but the city’s political evolution is challenging its relationship with the mainland.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Then Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina at an interactive session with entrepreneurs organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chandigarh on November 14, 2014. Gearing Up the State Department for the Era of State- and City-Level Diplomacy

It might have been former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s November 2011 trade delegation to India that first caught my attention. Former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire led another in 2012.   …

June 1, 2011

Climate Change
One Cheer for Chris Christie

People who care about climate change are understandably upset with Chris Christie’s announcement that he’s pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greeenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first-of-a-kin…

April 10, 2017

United States
Play RTR4HX1E_EC_1.jpg U.S. Security Amid Budget Cuts: A Conversation with Senator Chris Murphy

As Congress considers President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the State Department and USAID, Senator Murphy unveils a dramatically different approach that calls for a near doubling of the internat…

January 29, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Play IMG_9336_EC.jpg Chris Murphy on the Roots of Radical Extremism

Chris Murphy discusses U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

March 1, 2017

United States
The President’s Economic Agenda: the Fight Begins

President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last night highlighted the central economic themes that animated his campaign: a tougher policy on immigration and trade, a focus on infrastru…

March 6, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Puerto Rico’s Daunting Fiscal Math (My View)

An applied economics question: A country with no independent monetary policy, undergoing a ten-year slump that has reduced its real GDP on average by over a percentage point a year, needs to do a …

July 14, 2015

Elections and Voting
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey Campaign 2016: Governor Chris Christie, GOP Presidential Candidate

One hundred and three years have passed since the last time a sitting New Jersey governor was elected president. Current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hopes to break that streak. He announced tw…