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May 28, 2013

United States
Masters of Disaster

A good idea never seems to go unpunished, especially inside the Beltway. My post last Thursday, “What the United States Can Do for Egypt Right Now” ruffled a few feathers. This seems rather odd becau…

MastersOfDisaster

May 10, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Brookings Maps U.S. Manufacturing

The Brookings Institution released a comprehensive report on the geography of U.S. manufacturing and found that different areas specialize in different sectors. Almost 95 percent of very high-tech an…

Seattle, Washington has an aviation cluster with facilities such as the final assembly plant for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, seen here at Boeing Field after its maiden flight in December 2009. (Robert Sorbo/Courtesy Reuters)

November 1, 2019

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

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August 30, 2018

United States
U.S. Climate Policy With Susanne Brooks

Susanne Brooks, director of U.S. climate policy and analysis for the Environmental Defense Fund’s global climate program, joins James M. Lindsay  to discuss how the United States is confronting clima…

Podcast A stream of water trickles on the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California during a statewide drought emergency in 2014

August 12, 2019

Sanctions
What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism and conflict.

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May 22, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election Exposes Growing Religious Divide

The election results show a hardening of voting patterns along religious, ethnic, and geographic lines, a troubling development for a multiracial and religiously diverse Indonesia.

Protesters wearing medical masks hold their first in the air during a demonstration in Jakarta.

August 19, 2019

Military Operations
Sea Power: The U.S. Navy and Foreign Policy

The U.S. Navy’s dominance of the world’s oceans has made it an indispensable foreign policy tool as well as a guarantor of global trade, but a mix of challenges is raising difficult questions about i…

A U.S. cruiser and aircraft carrier during a replenishment-at-sea.

November 10, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

U.S. Marine Corps

November 5, 2019

Uganda
How Will China React to Uganda’s Looming Debt Crisis?

Uganda is heading toward a debt crisis. According to a senior official at the Bank of Uganda, unless the country is able to sustain a growth rate of at least 7 percent—which economic projections show Uganda will not do—the country will default on its payments. As is the case for many African countries, China is Uganda’s largest creditor, making up 39 percent of total debt this past fiscal year. If Uganda defaults, it is unclear how China will react.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping flanked by Chinese and Ugandan flags.

November 1, 2019

Nigeria
The UN Should Speak Up About the Unlawful Detention of Journalists in Nigeria

On the same day that President Buhari spoke, his government ignored a court ruling ordering the release on bail of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the founder of Sahara Reporters, a New York-based online news website that has reportedly extensively on government corruption in Nigeria. In fact, several Nigerian journalists and activists are unlawfully held in detention by the Nigerian government for reporting on widespread corruption and human rights violations. 

Police officers look on as Nigerians living in South Africa hold placards in protest against President Muhammadu Buhari.