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February 15, 2019

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: U.S.-Backed Forces Target Eastern Syria

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Syrian Democratic Forces stand together near Baghouz, Syria

February 1, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 1, 2019

This week: UAE spying; DNI releases top threats; Huawei indicted; and Tehran toys with crypto. 

Satish Kumar Subramani

January 15, 2019

Iran
The Top Conflicts to Watch in 2019: Iran

This year, an armed confrontation between Iran and the United States or one of its allies was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey…

PMF fighters ride a tank in Iraq.

December 21, 2018

South Sudan
Despite Peace Deal, Too Dangerous for South Sudanese IDPs to Return Home

South Sudan is facing one of the largest displacement crises in the world. A recent peace agreement is stoking hopes for returns of displaced people to their homes. But with ongoing instability and a lack of sufficient planning, returns remain a dangerous prospect. 

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October 2, 2006

United States
Daniel Gross is right …

The increase in the interest bill of the US government is an underreported story.   The CBO reports that FY 2006 interest payments will be about $40b more than FY 2005 payments.  And that trend is se…

October 8, 2018

United States
The White House National Cyber Strategy: Continuity with a Hint of Hyperbole

There seems to be a general consensus that the White House's new cyber strategy is a continuation of existing policy. However, the us-versus-them approach the strategy takes could pose a problem. 

The White House

October 5, 2018

International Law
Thoughts on the ICJ’s Decision in Iran v United States and the Trump Administration’s Treaty Withdrawals

The following is a guest post by John B. Bellinger III, adjunct senior fellow for international and national security law at the Council on Foreign Relations. This post originally ran on Lawfare. …

A general view shows the International Court of Justice in The Hague

October 3, 2018

Corruption
Trump Is Not Helping Latin America on Migration and Corruption

U.S. administration is coming out on the wrong side of anti-corruption and migration in the hemisphere, with potentially lasting consequences for U.S.-Latin American relations.  

Donald Trump Looks Away

August 30, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
The Trump Affordable Clean Energy Policy: Deciphering Emissions Math

This post is co-written by Daniel Scheitrum, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do…

An empty podium awaits the arrival of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to address staff at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018.

May 25, 2016

Monetary Policy
Dan Drezner Asked Three Questions

He gets three half answers. Drezner’s first question: “Just how much third-party holdings of U.S. debt does Saudi Arabia have?” Wish I knew. The custodial data doesn’t really help us out much. …

Europe Custodial Holdings