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January 1, 1996

Conflict Prevention
Toward Comprehensive Peace in Southeast Europe

While the Dayton agreement on Bosnia-Herzegovina has moved that troubled region toward peace, it could not eliminate all the dangers precipitated by the breakup of Yugoslavia. The South Balkans—Kosov…

October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Election 2020 Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

The big foreign policy news this week was President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have been working with Syrian Kurds, effectively greenlighting Turkey’s subsequent invasion of …

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.

November 18, 2008

Afghanistan
Broader Approach Needed to Resolve Afghanistan Crisis

Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says to end the current crisis there the United States should reach out to other parties such as Pakistan, Russia, India, and Iran, as well as to en…

December 29, 1999

Conflict Prevention
Calming the Ferghana Valley

Of all the regions of the former Soviet Union, Central Asia is potentially one of the most explosive and certainly one of the least understood. It is also growing rapidly in importance to U.S. nation…

January 1, 1998

Nigeria
Stabilizing Nigeria

Nigeria poses one of the globe's greatest challenges and risks. It is Africa's most populous country and a major exporter of oil and potentially of natural gas, but its people's efforts to realize th…

June 21, 2019

Election 2020
Issue Guide: The First 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic field could touch on a number of foreign policy issues, from climate change to Iran, during its first prime-time sparring session.

Veteran holds U.S. flag as Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks on campaign trail.

July 14, 2006

United States
Far be it from me to disagree with Robert Rubin

One thing I never thought I would see: William Greider  (no fan of Citibank Democrats) interviewing Robert Rubin.    The end result is well worth reading.  Rubin doesn’t seem to be in Steve Roach’s…

August 30, 2005

Economics
Rubin doctrine of international finance v. Greenspan doctrine …

The Rubin doctrine of international finance (From In an Uncertain World):1. The only certainty in life is that nothing is ever certain.2. Markets are good, but they are not the solution to all proble…

February 7, 2019

United States
The State of the Union Speech Trump Didn’t Deliver

This was originally published on the Quint and is reposted here with permission. For a speech that US President Donald J Trump told supporters was likely to contain as much as “40 to 50 percent” f…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young

October 10, 2003

United States
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin Named Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations

October 10, 2003—The Board of Directors named former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, director and chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup, as a vice chairman of the Council. He join…