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June 28, 2018

International Law
Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a swearing in ceremony for Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on April 10, 2017. The Global Implications of Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

Lost in the avalanche of commentary on Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court are its potential ramifications for the U.S. role in the world. Over the past three dec…

November 17, 2017

Economics
Fed's Projected Balance-Sheet Evolution & Projected Policy-Rate Increases Will Powell Be an Accidental Hawk?

Fed Chair nominee Jerome (Jay) Powell was a logical choice for Fed chair. A business-friendly Republican, he is likely to push forward President Trump’s deregulation agenda in the financial sector wh…

November 6, 2017

Japan
Abenomics and the Long Legacy of the Consumption Tax Hike Abenomics and the Long Legacy of the Consumption Tax Hike

Abe's consumption tax hike stalled what until then had been a demand led recovery, leading to a three year period with no growth in domestic demand. 

June 19, 2017

Global
TWNW Reading What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast last week. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, senior fellow for Women and Foreign Policy and best…

April 26, 2017

Wars and Conflict
U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Division stand in formation at Camp Gordon, Georgia in 1917 Lessons from the U.S. Entry Into World War I

Today I had the good luck to talk with three distinguished historians, John Milton Cooper, Jennifer Keene, and Jay Winik about the U.S. decision to enter World War I. All three shared sharp insights …

May 2, 2017

China
Actor Jackie Chan reacts as he accepts his honorary award as actor Chris Tucker (C) looks on at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California on U.S., November 12, 2016. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Why Hollywood Needs More Than Just “Chinese Ingredients”

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

April 5, 2017

Cambodia
hun-sen-debt Some Reasons for New Tensions Over Cambodia’s Debt

In recent months, the issue of Cambodia’s Indochina War-era debt to the United States, for which the U.S. government still demands repayment, has resurfaced once again. A recent lengthy New York Time…

March 17, 2014

Health
A Public Heath Ministry official tests a child for malaria, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand, October 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Sukree Sukplang). The Global Politics of Universal Health Care

This guest post is from Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and CFR Research Associate Jay T. Chittooran. Global momentum is building for universal h…

May 13, 2013

Education
President Obama holds up a baby after speaking in Las Vegas (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). The U.S. Demographic “Advantage” Reconsidered

In the litany of Washington debates about current and future U.S. economic competitiveness, demographics is consistently placed on the advantage side of the U.S. competitiveness ledger. A broad view …

December 23, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Killings in Aleppo

The city of Aleppo in Syria is under air attack by Bashar al-Assad’s air force. As al-Arabiya reported, The Syrian air force on Sunday bombed a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo killing a…