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March 8, 2019

United States
The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

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April 6, 2017

Global
A Conversation with Senator Ben Cardin: Anticorruption in U.S. Foreign Policy under the Trump Administration

Senator Ben Cardin discusses corruption's effect on economic and social inequalities, investment, development, and democratic institutions.

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February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018

January 28, 2019

Israel
The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

An Israeli soldier speaks on his mobile phone at a military outpost on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights over looking the Israel-Syria border February 4, 2015.

October 2, 2012

Development
Emerging Voices: Ben Leo on Polling the World’s Poor for a Post-2015 Development Agenda

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Ben Leo, the global policy d…

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November 26, 2018

United States
CFR 2018: The Year in Events

In 2018, CFR once again hosted high-level discussions of global affairs, from U.S. election security to the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry to the artificial intelligence race.

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November 20, 2018

United States
The Fed Is Tightening More Than It Realizes

Before the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Fed’s balance sheet stood at $925 billion—mostly U.S. Treasury securities. After 59 months of asset purchases to push down longer-term interest ra…

The Fed Is Tightening More Than It Realizes

September 6, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: September 11, the November Election, and Ben Bernanke

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks; the home stretch of the presidential campaign; and what Federal Reserve Chairman …

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush walk beside the north pool of the World Trade Center Memorial during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/ courtesy Reuters)

April 13, 2012

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Secularism in AKP’s Turkey, Extremism in Syria?, and Remembering Algeria’s Ben Bella

Turan Kayaoglu argues that, despite opinions to the contrary, there is a way in which secularism is actually thriving in the AKP’s Turkey. Ahmed Al Attar describes the  looming Pandora’s box of extr…

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January 14, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali II: Losing His Military Mojo?

Tunisians shout slogans as they demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis; January 14, 2011 (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters)   Over the last few days, I have been gl…

The Last Days of Ben Ali II: Losing His Military Mojo?