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January 30, 2013

Policy Initiative Spotlight: Germany Lends a Hand to U.S. Workforce Development

Perhaps the most prized real estate at the annual State of the Union address is the first lady's box, where, for over thirty years, persons of great distinction have been invited to sit and be recogn…

An employee works on a component for a turbine at the Siemens Energy plant in Charlotte, North Carolina (Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters).

April 19, 2013

Immigration and Migration
Mexico’s Transformation, and My Own

In anticipation of my talk next Tuesday in Los Angeles, I wrote the following piece for Zocalo’s Public Square: As my plane touched down at Benito Juárez airport in early 1994, I didn’t know that it…

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November 13, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Foreign Policy Roundup: World’s Leader or World’s Policeman?

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate featured a heavy dose of foreign policy. Sometimes the candidates got their facts wrong, and none of them staked out new positions on the issues. But th…


June 24, 2015

United States
Book Review – “The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy”

During her confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in no uncertain terms, “I want to pledge to you that as secretary of state I …


June 14, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nuhu Ribadu and Political Action in Nigeria

This is a guest post by Charlotte Renfield-Miller; a master of arts in law and diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy specializing in development economics and human security…

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate and former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu speaks during the flag-off of the ACN governorship campaign in Lagos March 5, 2011.

April 23, 2013

Defense and Security
What Should Washington Do About Rising Tensions in the East China Sea?

The great English novelist  Charlotte Brontë once complained, “I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!” Obama administration officials today have some sympathy for M…

Chinese marine surveillance ships patrol the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea (Kyodo/Courtesy Reuters).

August 30, 2012

Elections and Voting
You’re Invited: DNC Energy Events

I’ll be in Charlotte for part of next week to speak at a couple events at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Both are open to the public – come by if you’re in town. On September 4, I’ll be p…

September 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Foreign Policy and Campaign 2012

CFR.org just posted an interview I did with former New York Times correspondent Bernard Gwertzman looking at the role foreign policy will likely play in the remaining two months of the presidential c…

President Obama waves as he arrives to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters)

August 23, 2012

Defense and Security
Top Twelve Defense Sequestration Scare Tactics

Over a year ago, on August 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. The bipartisan legislation easily passed the House, 269-131, with 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats vot…

Panetta and Dempsey