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November 14, 2005

United States
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin Selected to Head the Council’s Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and to Hold the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics

November 14, 2005—Council President Richard N. Haass has named Douglas Holtz-Eakin, current director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the new director of the Council’s Maurice R. Greenberg C…

February 9, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-Resign-Last-Week-President Timeline: Opposition Grows as Zuma Remains in Office

The impending resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa was not necessarily unexpected following the defeat of his preferred candidate in the African National Congress’s (ANC) elections for party leader. However, it is happening more quickly than many observers predicted, including this one.

January 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Opponents of the health care bill during a rally outside the Capitol. Congressional Constants

Opponents of the health care bill during a rally outside the Capitol. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) In previous posts I noted two constants about congressional behavior. First, members of Congress g…

October 20, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Achieving a Sustainable Federal Budget

Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, discusses the effects of revenue increases and spending cuts on the projected budget deficit. This meeting is part of the C. Peter …

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

October 20, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Achieving A Sustainable Federal Budget

CHRYSTIA FREELAND: I'm Chrystia Freeland, your presider over our breakfast this morning. I was delighted when the council invited me to do this, because we're going to have the chance to hear from, …

April 26, 2013

Labor and Employment
President Obama's FY 2014 budget proposal is released (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters). Policy Initiative Spotlight: Multiyear Budgeting

The U.S. budget process has become increasingly dysfunctional, a large factor in Standard and Poor’s downgrading the U.S. sovereign credit rating in 2011. Budgets were always passed for each fiscal y…

September 19, 2018

United Nations General Assembly
President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Braces for Donald Trump's Second Appearance—And He Should Prepare for Blowback

Next week Donald J. Trump returns to the United Nations for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. While Trump exceeded expectations during his first UN appearance last year, he will face mor…

September 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial-Guinea-Teodoro-Nguema-Obiang-Mangue-Corruption-Oil Equatorial Guinea's Teodorin Obiang Faces Trouble Abroad for Corruption, Again

Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (nicknamed Teodorin), vice president of Equatorial Guinea, son of his country’s president, and heir apparent to that office, made headlines this week. According to media reports, authorities in Brazil seized some $16 million in cash and high-end watches from his delegation, where he had reportedly traveled for medical treatment. Brazilian law limits the amount of cash visitors can bring into the country to $2,400. 

September 18, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Education-Corruption-Schools Corruption Denies Millions Access to Quality Education in Nigeria

Education in Nigeria is in dire straits, and many Nigerians are acutely aware and concerned. At present, Nigeria has the highest percentage in the world of children not enrolled in school, and it is much higher in the south of the country than in the north. Overall, the UN Human Development Index ranks Nigeria 152nd out of 188 countries.