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April 24, 2018

Iran
Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq January 17, 2017. Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay of wars without end, powerful non-state actors, and the proliferation of new weapons technologies across t…

April 17, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs May June 2018 Cover A Global Report on the Decline of Democracy

“Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on indepen­dent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known…

March 28, 2018

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing. The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

February 13, 2018

South Africa
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town. Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

June 23, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
woman looks into a book You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals VI

This is the sixth blog post in this series. The previous five were published in February, July, and October 2015, and January and May 2016, and highlight earlier academic findings. This post was coau…

January 3, 2018

Japan
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks take part in an annual training session with Mount Fuji in the background at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, Japan August 24, 2017. Nationalism, Japan, and a Changing Asia

Japan’s choices in a changing Asia will define the region’s future and will have tremendous impact on U.S. policy in Asia. Japanese today, like their neighbors on the Korean peninsula and in China, a…

April 28, 2017

China
Can China Become the World’s Clean Energy Leader?

China seems poised to surpass the United States in leading clean energy innovation and climate change response, but Beijing faces internal challenges to energy reform.

April 24, 2017

Military Operations
bomb How the Pentagon Announces Killing Terrorists Versus Civilians 

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  Last week, the U.S. military announced an accomplishment that has come to define progress in the war on terrorism—the de…

December 12, 2017

China
Writing New Rules for the U.S.-China Investment Relationship

The United States should aim for a version of reciprocity that allows it the flexibility to maximize pressure on the broad range of Chinese industrial policy concerns while leaving a clear route to negotiations.

November 29, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Mr. Kerry Should Apologize

It seems that John Kerry is a problem even out of office. Whether his record as secretary of state was one of glorious achievement or abject failure is of course a matter of debate; I lean to the lat…