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May 21, 2018

Human Rights
Egypt Arab Spring 2011 The Internet Freedom Agenda: Not Dead, but Not Exactly Thriving Either

Despite the obituaries, human rights activists at a recent panel discussion argued that the internet freedom strategy was still very much alive—it just needs a shot of adrenaline.  

May 17, 2018

Burundi
https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN1IH1YI-OZATP Burundi's Vote Could Keep Nkurunziza President Until 2034

Burundians are at the polls today to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments that would, among other things, change the country’s rules around term limits.

April 10, 2018

Brazil
ICS Brazil's Critical Infrastructure Faces a Growing Risk of Cyberattacks

Most of the world's critical infrastructure—nuclear plants, electrical transmission systems, water treatment plants, etc.—is managed by internet-connected hardware and software that makes them vulner…

November 14, 2012

The dome of the U.S. Capitol is lit up in Washington, DC (Brian Snyder/Reuters). What Is the Fiscal Cliff?

Without timely action from Congress, the United States faces a drastic set of tax hikes and spending cuts at year’s end that could derail the nation’s fragile recovery and spill over into the global …

August 1, 2012

Cragged bluffs rise from the sea. (Courtesy Darren Harmon). What is the Fiscal Cliff?

Without timely action from Congress, the United States is set to undergo a drastic set of tax hikes and spending cuts at year's end that could derail the nation's fragile economic recovery. The budge…

June 18, 2012

Trade
Alan Simpson (R) and Erskine Bowles (L) testify before Congress in November 2011 about their commission's plan to attack long-term budget challenges through tax and entitlement reform, along with discretionary spending cuts (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Morning Brief: Delaying the Fiscal Cliff

Current legislation calls for over $500 billion in spending cuts and tax increases at the end of 2012, a “fiscal cliff” that The Economist argues politicians should postpone. While acknowledging that…

November 27, 2012

Europe and Eurasia
Greece Hurtles Toward Its Fiscal Cliff Greece Hurtles Toward Its Fiscal Cliff

The United States marches solemnly towards its fiscal cliff, awaiting only the command from the Goddess of Reason to halt. Unfortunately for Greece, that country plugged its ears back in March. L…

March 9, 2018

World Trade Organization (WTO)
WTO/Reuters Trump, China, and Steel Tariffs: The Day the WTO Died

President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will destroy an already weakened World Trade Organization.

February 22, 2018

Puerto Rico
Counting Chickens Long Before They Hatch: Should Hurricane Maria Be Modeled as a Positive Growth Shock for Puerto Rico? Counting Chickens Long Before They Hatch: Should Hurricane Maria Be Modeled as a Positive Growth Shock for Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico’s latest fiscal plan appears to use a best case scenario as its base case. It consequently doesn’t provide a realistic benchmark for evaluating Puerto Rico’s long-run capacity to pay.

November 6, 2012

United States
Confronting the Fiscal Cliff

Policymakers must act swiftly post-election to approve a viable fiscal plan or trigger market volatility and severe damage to the U.S. economy, writes CFR’s Robert Kahn.