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May 1, 2018

The Third Revolution

Elizabeth Economy’s The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State argues that the intersection of Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a more authoritarian and controlling system at home and a more ambitious and activist foreign policy abroad—provides Beijing with new levers of influence and power that the United States and others must learn to exploit and counter in order to protect and advance their own interests.

April 10, 2018

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Play The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century

The world is in the midst of a transformation in the nature of work, as smart machines, artificial intelligence, new technologies, and global competition remake how people do their jobs and pursue th…

March 14, 2018

Kenya-Kenyatta-Odinga-Reconciliation-NASA-Jubilee Pulling Kenya Back From the Brink

Odinga has called off his defiance campaign against the Kenyatta government, while Kenyatta apparently is allowing Odinga to continue to use the title “people’s president." The official document released detailing the pact refers to both as “his excellency.”

March 13, 2018

Dispute Resolution in Trade Agreements How Are Trade Disputes Resolved?

With President Donald Trump launching NAFTA negotiations and criticizing the WTO, international trade dispute forums are under increasing scrutiny.

March 11, 2018

At Long Last, "The Crown" Will Visit Israel

Seventy years after Israel's founding, at long last a member of the British royal family will visit there. The summer visit of the Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William, has been announced. This v…

March 9, 2018

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

March 5, 2018

Renewable Energy
Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, by Varun Sivaram Without Significant New Investment in Innovation, Solar Energy’s Growth Will Stall

March 5, 2018—Solar energy could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs, but its current upsurge is in danger of ebbing, increasing the risk of catastrophic climate change. While solar energ…

March 2, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Land-Reform-Ramaphosa-Farming Ramaphosa Confronts Land Reform in South Africa

Ramaphosa publicly supports expropriation without compensation, which would require amending the constitution, but also stresses that commercial agriculture and the country’s food security must be protected.

March 2, 2018

Energy and Environment
Taming the Sun

Solar energy is the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, but its rise is in danger of stalling. Varun Sivaram argues that realizing solar's potential will require innovation—creative fi…

March 1, 2018

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks before the start of a trilateral meeting with Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. NAFTA's Biggest Challenge May Come After the Deal

Elections in Mexico and the U.S. could spell doom for any new agreement.