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November 10, 2017

United States
Marine Corps Birthday Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 242 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

November 3, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Apartheid-Flag-Race-US Symbols of Race Relations in the United States and South Africa

As whites in South Africa protest perceived marginalization, it's worth taking a look at the legacies of apartheid, slavery, and Jim Crow.

December 15, 2015

United States
A Conversation With Mark Jones and Kellie Meiman Hock

This post features Mark P. Jones, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s political science fellow and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin America Studies at Rice University, and Kellie Meim…

January 29, 2014

Defense and Security
Securing the Sochi Olympics: Three Things to Know

Sochi’s volatile surroundings, the imposing scale of the games, and the need for an international coordinated response in the event of attack present security risks for the 2014 Winter Olympics, says…

May 31, 2017

Americas
Panelists speak on South America From Venezuela to Argentina: The Situation in South America

This afternoon, I had the privilege of speaking alongside Cynthia Arnson, Kellie Meiman Hock, and Michael Shifter on current events in South America. Our talk covered countries from Colombia to Argen…

May 31, 2017

Energy and Environment
President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at the EPA How to Save Mission Innovation

Today officials are reporting President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I’ve argued before that that would be an inexcusable foreign policy blunder…

May 12, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull deliver brief remarks to reporters as they meet ahead of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations

Now that the reverie aboard the USS Intrepid has receded into memory, it is time to ask just what, precisely, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull achieved on his recent visit to New York and m…

February 21, 2017

Education
RTXYGJM Trump, DHS and Immigration: The New Memos That Ignore Political Realities

A nation’s laws are not handed down from on high – they are the creation of flawed human beings working through flawed political processes. Successful political leaders understand this reality, and t…

January 26, 2017

Education
rtr2qxsm Trump and Borders: A Different, and Dangerous, Direction

President Donald Trump's multi-pronged campaign to address the potential threats posed by refugees and migrants has a familiar ring. New border barriers with Mexico, a sharp reduction in refugee admi…