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December 15, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Deficit Blues Deficit Blues

If you need another reminder of why it is going to be hard, short of a crisis, to cut the federal budget deficit, then check out the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. First the good news.  The…

March 31, 2017

International Organizations
RTSYYW5_b UN Peacekeeping: A New Leader for the Blue Helmets

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. On Monday, French diplomat J…

January 16, 2018

Egypt
BP01162018 Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

March 15, 2016

Egypt
BP03142016 Egypt’s Black Market Blues

The Central Bank of Egypt devalued the Egyptian pound by 13 percent, which is a long overdue step, but daily life will get tougher for ordinary Egyptians in the short run.

December 12, 2017

Digital Policy
Xi China Screen Why China’s Internet Censorship Model Will Prevail Over Russia’s

Russia and China are in a race to export their respective censorship models to authoritarian regimes. 

November 29, 2017

Argentina
Mauricio Macri Argentina Leaves Evita Behind

As the warm winds return, the days lengthen and the jacaranda trees explode in a riot of purple along its main avenues, Buenos Aires is also enjoying the afterglow of President Mauricio Macri and his…

September 13, 2011

Political science major Paul Fabsik wears a price tag hanging from his mortarboard estimating the cost of his education during commencement ceremonies at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts on May 24th. The annual undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $29,839, including room and board. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) U.S. College Education Blues

A Boston College student at his graduation. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) Today’s Washington Post has two troubling stories that touch on the future of American competitiveness. One story covers a…

June 20, 2017

Peacekeeping
Female Philippine peacekeeping force UN Peacekeeping: Where Are All the Women?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week Antonio Guterres w…

June 2, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Steven A. Cook Recounts the Failure of the Middle East Uprisings in New Book, “False Dawn”

June 1, 2017—More than half a decade after people across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy in the region have all but disappeared in a maelstrom of violenc…