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September 28, 2012

United States
A Conversation with Rebecca Blank

Acting Secretary Blank discusses policies and investments for supporting U.S. competitiveness and job growth.

December 11, 2015

Trade
kid chess_1 The New Education Bill May Not Improve Student Outcomes

Congress is on a roll. First a budget deal, then a multi-year highway bill, and now a K-12 education bill, whose most previous authorization had dated from 2002—the infamous No Child Left Behind Act …

December 3, 2015

Infrastructure
CFR RoadToNowhere 20151202 Finally a Highway Bill, But Big Financing Problems Remain

For the first time in a decade, Congress has cobbled together a highway bill that guarantees transportation infrastructure funding for several years. House and Senate negotiators announced a deal thi…

June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Jean-Jacques Badibanga,  James Stewart, and Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda are seen in a court room of the ICC before the delivery of the judgment in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba in the Hague, 2016. Women This Week: Impunity at the ICC

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 9 to June 15, was compiled with supp…

June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez poses with new government members for a family photo following their first cabinet meeting. Women This Week: A Ministerial Majority

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 2 to June 8, was compiled with suppo…

June 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs July August 2018 Cover What Kind of World are We Living In?

“Life today seems like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs. It seems as i…

June 14, 2018

Argentina
People walk past a grafitti that reads "IMF (International Monetary Fund), never again" during a demonstration to demand jobs and social benefits in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 1, 2018. Argentina’s IMF Package Could Trigger Ugly Blowback

Markets welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) $50 billion rescue stabilization package last week, which seems to be stabilizing the peso. But the financial umbrella will be costly. Rightly or wrongly, Argentines blame the IMF for precipitating their country's worst economic crisis. In the eyes of many voters, the mere association will damage President Mauricio Macri’s standing.

June 15, 2018

Cybersecurity
Russia flag Cyber Week in Review: June 15, 2018

This week: sanctions against Russia over malicious cyber activity, reversing the ZTE ban, and Huawei has some trouble down under. 

June 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Tax-Evasion-SARS Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation

There are signs that South Africans are reverting to the non-payment of taxes. The Treasury estimates that half of the revenue shortfall in 2017 resulted from personal income taxes that the government had budgeted for but were not paid. In the short term, the revenue short fall is compelling Ramaphosa to raise the VAT.

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
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. 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.