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April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico
The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

The power is off in Puerto Rico, again. It may not be restored for a day or two. Puerto Rico obviously has yet to fully recover from Maria’s devastation. Tax revenues this fiscal year are off by o…

May 14, 2013

Malaysia
A billboard encourages Malaysian citizens to vote for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat party in the state of Sarawak. Meredith Weiss: What More Do Malaysian Voters Want?

Meredith Weiss is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Albany. Adamantly pro-government newspaper Utusan Malaysia raised hackles among opposition Pakata…

December 19, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Fabrication of an organic solar photovoltaic cell in the lab (BASF) Curious About Clean Energy Innovation? Take This Class

This fall, I created and taught a course at Georgetown University called “Clean Energy Innovation." The course, offered to undergraduates studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA…

September 2, 2015

Putin in Syria

Most Americans are aware of the aggressive Russian actions in recent years in Ukraine (seizing Crimea and participating in efforts to destabilize the rest of the country) and Eastern Europe. What is …

September 27, 2016

Technology and Innovation
The Peterbilt SuperTruck makes a stop as its tests in fuel efficiency on the road (U.S. Department of Energy) Pairing Push and Pull Policies: A Heavy-Duty Model for Innovation

This post is co-authored by Sagatom Saha, research associate for energy and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. When policymakers mandate adoption of a particular technology, t…

June 2, 2014

Turkey
SourcesErdoganConduct_CROPPED The Sources of Erdogan’s Conduct

There is a lot that seems inexplicable about Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent conduct.  In the last few years, the Turkish prime minister has squandered the good will of many of his citizens and his cou…

April 18, 2013

Malaysia
Malaysians listen to speeches during an election campaign in Kajang outside Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2013. Situating Malaysia’s Thirteenth General Election: Not All About the Outcome

Meredith Weiss is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Albany. If all goes according to plan, election-watchers of all sorts will be thick on the ground…

March 1, 2013

Defense and Security
Cyber You Might Have Missed: Cybersecurity, Drones, and Collateral Damage

Massimo Calabresi, “The Path to War,” TIME Magazine, March 11, 2013. The most compelling argument for Obama, the former law professor, was that a nuclear Iran would spell the end of the internationa…