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August 1, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
An Afghan refugee is pictured working at a workshop with tools in Wuppertal, western Germany Empowering Refugees in Times of Crisis

To address a migration emergency that shows no signs of abating, states should look beyond building refugee camps and offer economic opportunities to those displaced, says expert Alexander Betts.

February 10, 2017

United States
The Legal Fight Over Trump’s Authority

The battle over the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration raises weighty constitutional questions involving presidential power and the judiciary’s role in national security, explains …

September 29, 2017

Spain
Students demonstrate with Catalan separatist flags in Barcelona. Can Catalonia Split With Spain?

Spain’s effort to block Catalonia’s referendum on independence may push more Catalan voters to support it.

September 7, 2017

International Organizations
United Nations Security Council The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first–century challenges.

October 28, 2016

China
bringing-international-pressure-to-bear-on-nicolas-maduro-lam Bringing International Pressure To Bear on Nicolás Maduro

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*. It is the third of a series that begins with this post.] The collapse in Venezuela has many potential costs: democratic regression in Latin Am…

December 26, 2017

Global Governance
Council of Councils Tenth Regional Conference

Sessions were held on how to revitalize the Bretton Woods institutions, strengthen liberal democracy, combat transnational organized crime and corruption, and mitigate the humanitarian and political crises in Venezuela.

July 7, 2016

Trade
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands in front of an image depicting the country's late President Hugo Chavez during a meeting with members of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) in Caracas Venezuela’s Woes Reach Mercosur

Mercosur is under considerable internal strain. As at other times in the trade bloc’s history, shifting political winds and changing trade priorities have placed the member countries at loggerheads. …

March 22, 2016

Cuba
Burying Cuba

President Obama’s speech to the Cuban people today included many nice lines about democracy and human rights. But the ideological content was found in this line, early in the speech: "I have come he…

March 17, 2016

Cuba
Senator Menendez Speaks About the Obama Visit to Cuba

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Menendez (D, NJ) delivered a long and heartfelt statement on the floor of the United States Senate about Pres. Obama’s  forthcoming visit to Cuba. The entire text is copied b…

November 20, 2017

Climate Change
Play Reforestation The Foreign Policy of Cities and States: Municipalities Take the Lead on Climate

Following the U.S. federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, individual cities and states are actively seeking to shape their own climate policies.