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February 4, 2013

An employee works on the production of high-power semiconductors at a manufacturing plant of Swiss engineering group ABB on May 30, 2012 (Michael Buholzer/Courtesy Reuters). Why Manufacturing Really Matters: Gary Pisano and Willy Shih on Innovation

If there is any consensus in the debate over how to revitalize the American economy, it is over innovation. Innovation, we can all readily concur, is the only way for an advanced economy like the Uni…

March 15, 2018

Religion
Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

March 14, 2018

China
Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of pressing domestic and international policy issues as it transitions to a new generation of leaders.

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

March 22, 2018

China
Play President Xi Jinping Unrivaled Power: The Lifting of China’s Presidential Term Limits

Speakers discuss the proposed amendment to China’s constitution to eliminate presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely, and the implications for China’s …

February 7, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama Likely to Sign FAA Funding Bill

President Obama is expected to sign legislation that will support federal aviation programs (NYT) through 2015, ending five years of stopgap financing. The bill includes about $16 billion a year for …

February 17, 2012

Education
The March 2012 cover of the Harvard Business Review. Competitiveness: How the United States Lost its Way

While it’s only February, I feel safe in making the following prediction: the new issue of the Harvard Business Review contains the most important thinking on the issue of U.S. competitiveness that w…

October 13, 2016

United States
Play RTR3PYR_EC.jpg The Legacy of the Ronald Reagan Administration

Experts discuss the policies and priorities of the Ronald Reagan administration and the lessons to be learned for U.S. foreign policy today.

December 1, 2015

Global
Pearl-Harbor-617-411 Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2016

Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand and fifteen witnessed several significant historical anniversaries: the octocentenni…

March 6, 2015

United States
Vietnam-War-Novels Ten Vietnam War Novels to Read

All week I have been blogging on the best histories, memoirs, films, and songs to mark Sunday’s fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam. Today I want to look at…