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December 3, 2014

Alan Gross, Year Six

Today Alan Gross will begin his sixth year in a Cuban prison. His "crime" was to deliver to the minuscule Cuban Jewish community some communications equipment supplied by the United States. The Cuba…

May 31, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Charles Taylor Sentenced - a Step Forward?

In April, the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague found Charles Taylor guilty of many crimes against humanity related to his involvement with the civil war in Sierra Leone. (Taylor was not tr…

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor (bottom) argues with a photographer as he awaits the start of the prosecution's closing arguments during his trial at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam February 8, 2011.

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books

August 13, 2019

China
On Designating China as a Currency Manipulator…

China really did manipulate its currency before the global crisis.  It really doesn't do so now.   But how China's manages its currency still matters for the global economy.

On Designating China as a Currency Manipulator…

December 17, 2014

Cuba
What Did President Obama Trade for Alan Gross?

There is wonderful news this morning: that Alan Gross is finally free, out of a Cuban prison and back on American soil. For his family, this is the answer to prayers and the right outcome to a long s…

November 16, 2012

Cuba
Alan Gross, Vilma Castro, and America’s Cuba Policy

Alan Gross is a former USAID contractor who has been in a Cuban jail since December 3, 2009.  The most recent reports are that he has lost 105 pounds while in prison, and may well be suffering from u…

June 27, 2019

Space
Big Bangs, Red Herrings, and the Dilemmas of Space Security

Policymakers should be careful not to focus to excess on the possibility of kinetic warfare in space.

The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm, deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats.

June 14, 2019

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

The United States Army celebrates its 244th 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 Band New York City Parade

December 3, 2012

Cuba
Alan Gross Begins His Fourth Year in a Cuban Prison

Alan Gross begins his fourth year in a Cuban prison tomorrow, having been jailed on December 3, 2009.  The State Department issued a good statement:   Tomorrow Alan Gross will begin his fourth ye…