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May 24, 2019

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

Memorial Day 2019

December 22, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Large Scale Agricultural Investment: A Silver Bullet for Development?

A Sudanese farmer prepares his land for agriculture on the banks of River Nile in the capital Khartoum November 11, 2009. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Courtesy Reuters)   This is a guest post by Asch…

Large Scale Agricultural Investment: A Silver Bullet for Development?

May 21, 2019

China
China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the most ambitious infrastructure investment effort in history. But is it also a plan to remake the global balance of power?

Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

April 26, 2010

Climate Change
The Silver Lining in the Climate Bill Cloud

Most of what can intelligently be said about the breakdown this past weekend of the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate talks has already been said. I suspect, though, that the news isn’t quite as bad for…

June 20, 2006

North Korea
Allison: U.S. Policy on North Korea ’Abject Failure’; Iran May Be Closer to Nuclear Weapons Than U.S. Thinks

Graham Allison, a leading expert on nuclear terrorism, says the Bush administration policy toward North Korea of "threaten and neglect" has been a failure. He also warns that faulty U.S. intelligence…

March 21, 2019

Conflict Prevention
Waving Goodbye to Dinosaurs: The Strategic Advantage of Women at the Peace Table

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is authored by Monica McWilliams…

Monica McWilliams and members of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition speak to the press outside the Stormont Assembly building during the Good Friday Negotiations.

July 5, 2012

International Organizations
Assessing Rio: Silver Linings to Cloudy Forecast

Ultimately, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, seemed to fly by with a flurry of coverage but no clear conclusions. Many observers dismissed the final communiqué as “283 pa…

New York's Mayor Bloomberg speaks as Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Paes and Macri of Buenos Aires look on during Rio+C40 Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change event in Rio de Janeiro

November 20, 2006

Iraq
Lantos Says No ‘Silver Bullet’ on Iraq But Baker Panel Can Help Bipartisanship

The presumptive chair of the House International Relations Committee expects no "silver bullets" to emerge from the Baker commission’s report on Iraq. But Rep. Tom Lantos hopes the forthcoming report…

January 22, 2019

North Korea
The Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Set, But Is Trump Ready?

Trump must put his affairs in order to strengthen his hand going into a second meeting with Kim Jong-un.

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December 12, 2018

United Kingdom
The Bright Side of Britain’s Brexit Chaos

Despite a no-confidence vote, the odds of a stabilizing outcome have brightened.

An anti-Brexit demonstrator wears a Union flag decorated with the stars of the EU flag opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain.