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October 11, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017. Trump, the World Bank, and the IMF: Explaining the Dog that Didn’t Bark (Yet)

A big surprise of Donald Trump’s “America First” presidency has been the moderate tone he has adopted toward the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which hold their annual meetings in …

April 2, 2018

Russia
Putin Shoigu The “Known Unknowns” of Russian Cyber Signaling

Recent Russian cyber intrusions in U.S. critical infrastructure have been interpreted as a signal that Moscow "could disrupt the West's critical facilities in the event of a conflict." But is that th…

January 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Gorbachev-Reagan Why Are There No Cyber Arms Control Agreements?

With the emergence of a militarized cyber domain that creates the conditions for misperceptions that could lead to inadvertent conflict, why are there no cyber arms control regimes?

December 22, 2017

Global
seven stories to watch Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impendi…

September 30, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ebola Kills Ebola: The Dog That Has Not Barked

Especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Ebola news gets worse and worse, with victims and deaths seeming to grow exponentially. Yet the disease does not appear to have spread east along the Gulf …

October 25, 2017

North Korea
Kim Jong un computer North Korea’s Offensive Cyber Program Might Be Good, But Is it Effective?

North Korea's activities in cyberspace have drawn a lot of attention but there is little evidence that they are strategically significant.

June 20, 2011

Defense and Security
The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree in Washington. Congress Barking, Not Biting, on War Powers

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters) Debate over Libya and the War Powers Resolution heated up over the weekend. The New York Times report…

October 16, 2017

Cybersecurity
Kim Jong-Un Lost in Cyber Translation? U.S. Cyber Signaling to North Korea

The United States wants to use cyber operations to signal its resolve against North Korea's nuclear program, but it is unclear whether Pyongyang will get the message.

September 27, 2017

North Korea
Kim Jong Un’s Direct Response to Trump’s Threatening UN Speech Kim Jong Un’s Direct Response to Trump’s Threatening UN Speech

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released an unprecedented direct statement through KCNA in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s bombastic UN General Assembly speech. It deserves caref…

July 3, 2017

China
Strong Evidence That China's Tourism Deficit Is Overstated Strong Evidence That China's Tourism Deficit Is Overstated

Comments on an important new Federal Reserve Working Paper by Anna Wong