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October 10, 2011

Monetary Policy
What the Nobel Prize Tells Us About Oil

[Dear new readers: Please click here if you’d like to see the rest of this blog, which focuses on energy, security, and climate.] Do you think that it’s straightforward to figure out whether high oi…

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

March 9, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Politics of Iran War Fever

Above the Fold. President Obama used his speech to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee last Sunday and his White House press conference to take his critics to task f…

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March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

December 28, 2011

Politics and Government
Ten Who Will Be Missed

A worker installs some of the 288 new Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters) Year’s end is time for taking stock, to count up successes and as…

A worker installs some of the 288 new Waterford crystals, featuring this year’s ’Let There Be Friendship’ design, on the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square in New York December 27, 2011. Thousands are expected to pack Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the annual ball drop at midnight marking the beginning of 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

May 17, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Egyptians Pick a President, NATO Meets in Chicago, and Baghdad Hosts Iran Talks

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the presidential election in Egypt; the NATO summit in Chicago; and the P5+1’s talks with Iran in Baghdad. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/c…


September 25, 2012

International Organizations
Obama’s Message to the Muslim World at the UN

From the podium at the opening session of the 67th UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama  defended freedom of speech as a human right that must not be infringed and expressed confidence that “t…

U.S. President Obama addresses 67th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York

September 28, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: The UN Debates Amidst Regional Turbulence

Significant Middle East Developments Israel and Palestine. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly yesterday within minute…

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu draws red line on graphic of bomb as he addresses 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2012 (Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

September 13, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Tragedy in Libya and Regional Unrest

On a personal note, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods killed in Benghazi on Tuesday. Chris and I were…

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, smiles at his home in Tripoli on June 28, 2012 (Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters).

September 14, 2012

International Organizations
Middle East Turmoil Will Greet Opening of UN General Assembly

This week, foreign policy took center stage in the presidential campaign, and it appears that it may stay in the conversation for Candidate Romney and President Obama next week as well. Listen to The…

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames