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August 15, 2018

Disasters
Loren Elliott/Reuters U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

July 12, 2018

Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The Trump-Putin Summit: Issues at Stake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could take fresh approaches on contentious issues, including Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, Ukraine, Syria, and arms control, to their meeting in Helsinki.

July 5, 2018

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Kenya-Kibera-Slum-Urbanization-Population-Growth Africa's Rapid Urban Population Growth Is Problematic, but Can Be Managed

A rapidly growing population will create a “demographic dividend,” and urbanization will accelerate economic development, or so the “Africa rising” narrative goes. Given Africa’s lack of basic infrastructure, ranging from roads to hospitals to schools, both propositions are dubious.

June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

June 28, 2018

International Law
Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a swearing in ceremony for Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on April 10, 2017. The Global Implications of Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

Lost in the avalanche of commentary on Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court are its potential ramifications for the U.S. role in the world. Over the past three dec…

June 28, 2018

United States
Podcast The World Next Week Summer Reading SUMMER READING SPECIAL: The World From the Beach With Carlos Lozada

Looking for nonfiction book recommendations to kick off your summer? In this annual episode, hosts Jim Lindsay and Bob McMahon join Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada to discuss the books they…

June 27, 2018

Europe
EU Juncker How Europe Can Promote a Free and Open Internet

For two decades, Europe has followed the United States' lead and advocated for a “free and open” internet. The prevalence of online censorship and disinformation has severely tested that approach.

June 26, 2018

Renewable Energy
Wind power station and global communication concept. 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…

June 25, 2018

International Organizations
Picture shows the logo of AIIB on a stone in front of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank building on January 17, 2016 in Beijing, China. AIIB: Is the Chinese-led Development Bank a Role Model?

The following is a guest post from Tamar Gutner, associate professor of international relations at American University’s School of International Service, who is writing a book about the birth and des…

June 25, 2018

Renewable Energy
Digital Decarbonization

Advances in data science are already transforming the way energy is produced, transported and consumed. These innovations have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and boost clean energy, but they also come with serious risks.