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December 29, 2015

Cuba
Rahm Emanuel in Cuba

Here’s the news out of Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting short his family vacation in Cuba and will return to Chicago on Tuesday to deal with the latest crisis involving the city’s Police Depar…

August 29, 2017

United States
A Louisville, Kentucky, monument to a Confederate officer vandalized in August. Why Battles Over Memory Rage On

Protests over the removal of Confederate monuments show that the U.S. Civil War’s emancipatory purpose remains contested a century and a half later.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Then Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina at an interactive session with entrepreneurs organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chandigarh on November 14, 2014. Gearing Up the State Department for the Era of State- and City-Level Diplomacy

It might have been former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s November 2011 trade delegation to India that first caught my attention. Former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire led another in 2012.   …

March 18, 2015

Israel
Obama Buries the Hatchet--in Netanyahu’s Head

It was obvious that after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clear election victory, the Obama administration and the president himself would try to bury the hatchet. After all, Obama and Ne…

September 4, 2014

China
Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

“The various currencies, which were all maintained on a stable basis in relation to gold and to one another, facilitated the easy flow of capital and of trade to an extent the full value of which …

October 31, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Play Le Drian The Importance of Multilateralism: A Conversation With Jean-Yves Le Drian

Minister Le Drian discusses the importance of multilateralism in confronting the foreign policy challenges facing France, including the Brexit negotiations, climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal…

March 30, 2012

Infrastructure
The Chicago Skyline (A Shelbourne Development Handout/Courtesy Reuters). Policy Initiative Spotlight: Chicago’s Bold Infrastructure Plan

Renewing America is launching a new feature today called the “Policy Initiative Spotlight.” We will identify and highlight important policy innovations, noteworthy experiments, or little-noticed succ…

April 25, 2012

Trade
The Chicago Investment Trust is a signature initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, seen here speaking at the 2012 winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. (Chris Kleponis/Courtesy Reuters) Morning Brief: Chicago Infrastructure Trust Approved

Chicago’s City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for the private-public Chicago Infrastructure Trust (Chicago Tribune). The 41-7 vote by the aldermen came after a six-day delay during which …

May 14, 2012

Trade
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in front of a California flag in Long Beach, California on March 14, 2012. (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters) Morning Brief: California Budget Deficit Escalates

California is expected to record a $16 billion deficit this year (LATimes). Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a state budget with a deficit of $9.2 billion. Since that time, tax recei…

April 29, 2017

Global
Play RTSXCSJ_Brian Snyder.jpg The Changing Role of Media

Experts discuss the changing role of the media within this administration and beyond and how the media should proceed to cover the Trump presidency.