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April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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May 29, 2012

Education
A Long-Term Fix for Long-Term Unemployment

The gaps in the U.S. social safety net are about to become very large holes. For the past several years, lawmakers have repeatedly voted to extend unemployment insurance benefits, most recently in Fe…

A man looks at employment opportunities in San Francisco (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

May 8, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
The Impact of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal jeopardizes the unprecedented visibility international inspectors now have into Iran’s nuclear program.

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March 20, 2017

Media
Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Information has long been falsified and weaponized in Turkey and the Arab world—and we're headed that way fast.

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October 12, 2012

Trade
Expensive and Long U.S. Campaigns: A Competitive Disadvantage?

Of the competitive disadvantages faced by the United States, its democratic system is not supposed to be one of them. Quite the opposite. The stability of the U.S. democratic process and the trusted …

A member of the audience yawns behind a copy of her program at the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner, where U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered remarks (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

April 3, 2017

Egypt
Egypt Goes From Bad to Worse: Under President Sisi, the Nation Longs for the Good Old Days of Mubarak

Five years after the Arab Spring, Egyptians under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are further from democracy than ever.

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January 13, 2015

Education
Getting Americans Back to Work: A Long Way Still to Go

For the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, the United States is finally creating a lot of new jobs--252,000 jobs in December, and nearly 3 million over the whole of 2014. Unem…

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January 24, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
“The Euro Crisis Is Dead! Long Live the Euro Crisis!”

You’ve got to hand it to Mario Draghi.  Never in the history of central banking has one man accomplished so much with so few words and even less action. Since having announced the creation of the…

“The Euro Crisis Is Dead! Long Live the Euro Crisis!”

April 17, 2013

Education
Our Long-Term Unemployment Challenge (In Charts)

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting the latest non-farm employment rate to be 7.6 percent, lagging employment remains a central challenge for policymakers. In this post on his blog Ma…