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December 22, 2014

Holiday Reading_12222014_2 Holiday Reading

It’s the holiday season so there will be light blogging in the next week or so.  Here is what Team Cook is reading: Steven Cook – Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied …

December 20, 2013

holidayreading_CROPPED Holiday Reading

There will not be much in the way of blogging while I am away with my family.  From the Potomac to the Euphrates will return when I return.  In the meantime, I’ve put together a brief list of what "T…

December 25, 2015

WR12252015 Holiday Reading

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Apologies for the light blogging lately. I have been focused on a big project that has been occupying all of my brain power and time. Over th…

December 27, 2011

Holiday Reading

I’m off on vacation for a couple weeks. In the meantime, here are a few books I’ve read over the past year that I’d recommend: The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. D…

December 21, 2011

Holiday Reading Holiday Reading

A man wearing a Santa Claus costume carries a Christmas tree in Jerusalem's Old City (Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters) Thanks for a great year, I have really enjoyed hearing from all of you and read…

December 18, 2017

United States
Tillerson White House Year in Review: The Trump Administration Disrupts U.S. Cyber Diplomacy

A look back at the Trump administration's approach to cyber diplomacy and what it means for next year. 

December 22, 2008

The Holidays Are Coming Late The Holidays Are Coming Late

The economic crisis has shrunk the holiday season, which typically lasts for about 35 days. Happy regions-those in which real estate markets have held up relatively well-have seen their holiday sea…

November 28, 2017

Islamic State
ISIS flag Terrorism, the Internet, and the Islamic State’s Defeat: It’s Over, But It’s Not Over

The roll-back of the self-declared Islamic State group's territory does not mean that its online presence has shrunk.

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.

December 22, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Rohingya refugees wait for aid near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Another Year of Record Displacement

The past year saw the ongoing historic displacement of millions from conflict and persecution, and a weak response from the world’s richest nations to address the problems.