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August 27, 2019

South Korea
Why the Japan-South Korea Dispute Just Got Worse

Seoul’s decision to abandon an important military intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo could hurt regional security and U.S. interests related to China and North Korea.

May 13, 2015

Fossil Fuels
The Environmental and Climate Stakes in Arctic Oil Drilling

On Monday, the Obama administration gave Shell conditional permission to move forward with Arctic oil drilling. The New York Times captures a common sentiment well in identifying this as a “tricky in…

Oil Drilling Arctic Environment Climate_5132015

August 15, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Presidential Candidate

As politicians, Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren are opposites. He wanted to unleash the power of the market; she wants to curtail its abuses. But for all of their policy differences, the two share…

Elizabeth Warren

July 26, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: July 25, 2019

NSA sets up Cybersecurity Directorate; Microsoft announces customers targeted in state-sponsored cyberattacks; Justice Department opens antitrust review of Big Tech; Taiwan conducts cybersecurity dri…

U.S. Attorney General William Barr

June 20, 2012

Fossil Fuels
The Odd Politics of Drilling on Public Lands

I’m in Ohio this week talking to people about the Utica shale boom. I’ll have more to say later, but right now, I want to share an interesting bit of one conversation I had yesterday. I was talking …

July 17, 2019

North Korea
Can North Korea Be Deterred?

The United States’ deterrence record is spotty vis-à-vis North Korea, and a judgement of its success or failure hinges on how the behaviors or actions targeted by deterrence are defined. 

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July 15, 2019

Renewable Energy
A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. Political leaders around the country are debating the best ways to continue supporting the wind industry.

Power-generating windmill turbines are pictured at sunset at a wind park in Cagnicourt near Cambrai, France, May 22, 2019.

June 10, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
The Group of Twenty

The Group of Twenty, an informal gathering of many of the world’s largest economies, is the premier global forum for discussing economic issues. But it faces challenges from U.S. protectionism and th…

2019 G20 Logo

January 8, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Drilling into the American Energy Boom, in Four Charts

One interesting feature of the U.S. hydrocarbon boom is the widening gap between the industry’s interest in drilling for oil and other liquids versus dry natural gas. It’s all about economics: the di…

Drilling into the American Energy Boom, in Four Charts

May 10, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Are Oil Sands Better for the Environment than Offshore Drilling?

The Canadian Press reports that Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice is using the Deepwater Horizon debacle to make the case for the Alberta oil sands: “I think it’s always been clear that the…