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December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

December 15, 2017

United States
Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters

It is a useful indicator (even for the U.S.)

March 19, 2012

Capital Flows
Where Have All the Profits Gone? Karl Marx Could Have Told You Where Have All the Profits Gone? Karl Marx Could Have Told You

Since 2009, labor’s share of income in the United States has plummeted while personal dividend income as a percentage of disposable income has soared. This is not surprising for the early stage of…

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…

June 1, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
The Danger Grows in Bahrain

The government of Bahrain has just shut down the main secular opposition group in the country, the National Democratic Action Society or "Waad." Deutsche Welle tells the story:   A court in Bahrai…

April 3, 2017

China
Auto Trade with China Auto Trade with China

Autos are one of the United States’ most important exports to China—ranking just behind aircraft and soybeans and (at times) non-monetary gold (through Hong Kong). Broadly speaking, the U.S. exports…

March 31, 2017

China
Japan-SDF Japanese Offense, Tencent Meets Tesla, North Korean Hackers, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Lorand Laskai, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. LDP eyes offensive push for Japan. A policy research group in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo …

February 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
AU 28th Summit AU ICC Withdrawal Recommendation Means little

At the end of the recent 28th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on January 31, a recommendation emerged that collectively member states should withdraw from the International Criminal Court (I…

January 13, 2017

China
liaoning-training-drill Chinese Carrier in the Strait, Philippine Birth Control, $100 Billion SoftBank Fund, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Lorand Laskai, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. China’s aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait. Early Wednesday morn…

June 7, 2011

Afghanistan
Education Key to Building Afghan Security Forces’ Capacity

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, head of NATO training efforts in Afghanistan, says 9 out of 10 Afghan security recruits are illiterate, and emphasizes the education role that has become a major compone…