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April 3, 2012

United States
Ask the Experts: Will America ’Win’ in Afghanistan?

Last fall, a two-part question circulated throughout the Pentagon: Can the United States win in Afghanistan? Will the United States win in Afghanistan? In this case, “win” meant accomplishing the st…

Afghan soldier

September 1, 2011

Climate Change
Separating Fact from Fiction on Keystone XL

Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move diluted bitumen from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, has come into full force over the past couple weeks, with over five hundred peo…

September 19, 2011

International Organizations
Trade Policy in the ICU

A container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked in the Port of Oakland in California. (Beck Diefenbach/ Courtesy Reuters) After World War II, the United States spearheaded a his…

Trade Policy in the ICU

July 19, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Were Early Humans Warlike?, U.S.-Pakistan Relations, and Opinion Polls

Donald Fry and Patrik Soderberg, “Lethal Aggression in Mobile Forager Bands and Implications for the Origins of War,” Science, July 19, 2003, pp. 270-273. A controversy exists regarding mobile forag…

President should focus on....

January 10, 2008

Emerging Markets
Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai or goodbye. The year of reverse bailouts

Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai doesn’t really quite work. The CIC is in Beijing, not Shanghai. Singapore has committed more funds to troubled banks than Mumbai. Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have a …

January 12, 2008

Capital Flows
Wall Street, the new development frontier …

The children of China’s revolution have turned into capitalists. The China Development Bank now apparently aspires to be a commercial bank, not a policy bank limited to helping finance investment in …

March 8, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Threat Inflation, Transparency, and Drone Strikes

James Kitfield, “Outsourcing the Fight Against Terrorism,” National Journal, March 7, 2013. In Iraq and Afghanistan, where U.S. officers honed the tactics they teach here (Baker did several combat t…


May 16, 2014

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Space Fence, Counter-UAV Technologies, and Nigeria

Eric Schmitt and Brian Knowlton, “U.S. Officials Question Ability of Nigeria to Rescue Hostages,” New York Times, May 15, 2014. Even as terrorist groups throughout the world have engaged in more kid…

WSJ Semitism

November 11, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Civilian Protection, IAEA Report, and More

Ban ki-Moon delivers a speech during the opening ceremony in Bern on October 16, 2011 (Michael Buholzer/Courtesy Reuters). - UN Security Council, “Open debate on civilian protection,” November 9, 20…

Ban Ki-Moon delivers a speech during the opening ceremony in Bern on October 16, 2011 (Michael Buholzer/Courtesy Reuters).

December 6, 2012

International Organizations
Santorum Champions U.S. Sovereignty (the Disabled, Not So Much)

The Senate’s appalling rejection this week of the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities was a cruel and petulant gesture, particularly during the holiday season. Relishing the role of Ebeneezer …

Republican presidential candidate Santorum speaks at the Wisconsin Faith and Freedom Coalitions presidential kick-off in Waukesha