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June 26, 2018

Renewable Energy
The Digital Revolution Is Transforming Energy—Whether It Slows Climate Change Is Up to Policymakers

This post is about a new book, “Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems,” edited by Varun Sivaram. It is available as a paperback or e-book on Amazon, a…

Wind power station and global communication concept.

June 19, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness

President Trump is seeking to reduce the U.S. trade deficit through tariffs, but logic and historical data show that his strategy will not help American jobs, growth or exports. Worse, loss of access to foreign parts amid a trade war will hurt American companies that depend on them to stay globally competitive.

Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness

June 14, 2018

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Birthday 2018

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West

The outcome of the G7 summit suggests Trump is prepared to abandon the transatlantic relationship, and even the concept of “the West,” as pillars of U.S. global engagement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada on June 9, 2018.

June 7, 2018

Trade
World Leaders Didn’t Take Trump at His Word on Trade. Now They’re in a Pickle.

The president has been clear about his protectionist views. Why didn’t anyone listen?

US President Trump

August 25, 2005

Capital Flows
Peter Galbraith and Iraq

I think the folks over at TPM Café are right: David Brooks' latest New York Times column is a real flip-flop.  He has gone from celebrating the United States firm commitment to universal democrat…

March 8, 2018

United States
Trump Steel Tariffs Could Kill Up to 40,000 Auto Jobs, Equal to Nearly One-Third of Steel Workforce

“I want to bring the steel industry back into our country,” declared President Trump last month. “Maybe [things] will cost a little bit more, but we’ll have jobs.” Tariff opponents in Congress…

Trump Steel Tariffs Could Kill Up to 40,000 Auto Jobs, Equal to Nearly One-Third of Steel Workforce

February 12, 2018

Intelligence
The Intelligence Collection Implications of the CLOUD Act

The CLOUD Act is supposed to help foreign law enforcement investigate crime. It could also help foreign countries spy on each other. 

CFS Leitrim

June 22, 2012

Asia
Review of Peter Popham’s Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi

Over the past week, Aung San Suu Kyi has been on a global tour, finally accepting the accolades she won but was unable to receive in person, meeting with longtime supporters in Europe, and giving wha…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walk in the rose garden at Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country residence in Buckinghamshire, southern England June 22, 2012.

November 2, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
Rebuttal: Oil Subsidies—More Material for Climate Change Than You Might Think

This post is authored by Peter Erickson, a staff scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute and a co-author of a new paper in Nature Energy that studies how much of U.S. oil reserves are econom…

Rebuttal: Oil Subsidies—More Material for Climate Change Than You Might Think