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February 15, 2019

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: U.S.-Backed Forces Target Eastern Syria

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Syrian Democratic Forces stand together near Baghouz, Syria

February 15, 2019

United States
Why Schumer and Sanders Are Wrong on Buybacks

In a widely discussed New York Times op-ed, Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders excoriated share buybacks as “corporate self-indulgence,” diverting profits away from investment and worker c…

Why Schumer and Sanders Are Wrong on Buybacks

February 5, 2019

Israel
Caught Between Giants: How Will Israel Navigate the U.S.-China Tech Cold War?

Given its close diplomatic and security ties with the United States and its growing economic ties with China, where does Israel stand amidst the U.S.-China trade war?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan hit a gong as they attend the fourth Israel-China Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation meeting at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem, October 24, 2018.

January 30, 2019

China
Foreign Affairs January/February Issue Launch: Who Will Run the World? America, China, and Global Order

With the potential shifting global balance of power from the United States to China, the latest issue of Foreign Affairs focuses on how the troubled hegemon and the confident challenger are trying to…

Play Foreign Affairs January/February Issue Launch: Who Will Run the World? America, China, and Global Order

January 28, 2019

United States
Lies, Damned Lies, and Indexes: Unlike the Big Mac, Our Mini Mac Finds Dollar Fairly Valued

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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.

January 28, 2019

Israel
Israel's Permanent Occupation of the Golan Heights

Should the United States recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights? The question has come up in the last few weeks, because Israel is having an election in April. Prime Minister Benjamin N…

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.

January 23, 2019

Military Operations
Climate Change Is a Threat to Military Security

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) …

Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018.

January 18, 2019

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Killing American Steel

“Our Steel Industry is the talk of the World,” President Trump tweeted in September. “It has been given new life, and is thriving.” Yet nearly a year after Trump slapped tariffs on imported st…

Trump’s Tariffs Are Killing American Steel

January 14, 2019

China
To Boost Flagging Growth, China Doubles Down on Its Least Productive Sector

China’s leaders have vowed to boost flagging economic growth with greater government spending on infrastructure. Is this a wise bet? Since 2010, China has spent roughly eight percent of GDP on…

To Boost Flagging Growth, China Doubles Down on Its Least Productive Sector