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July 30, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Illustration of a smart city concept iStock/Getty Images Blockchain and Energy: We Sifted Hype from Reality So You Don't Have To

This blog post is adapted from a new discussion paper from the Energy Security and Climate Change Program: “Applying Blockchain Technology to the Electric Power Sector.” 

July 23, 2018

Cybersecurity
House of Lords Library Report Watch Vol. VII: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: internet shutdowns, cyber wargames, and defending democracies from disinformation campaigns.

July 2, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_5.10.2018 Malaysia Achieved a Democratic Victory—But Don’t Expect Its Success to Spread

In early May, Malaysia was stunned by the victory, in national elections, of the opposition coalition, led by Mahathir Mohamad and essentially (from jail), longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. A…

September 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Augusta Victoria Mistake

As a strong supporter of the Trump administration's Middle East policy, I believe the president's recent decisions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are correct--except for one. Everyt…

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger. The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

September 13, 2018

Digital Policy
Amazon The Global Trade Talks on the Digital Economy Nobody’s Talking About

More than ninety countries are discussing the future of online trade and it's getting scant attention. 

May 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in the northern Iraq city of Mosul. The ISIS Bride Problem: Don't Take It Out on the Children

Foreign ISIS wives still in Syria live in dust-coated tents, or sometimes in prison rooms, alongside their children, inhabiting a legal purgatory until one authority or another figures out what to do…

September 6, 2018

Trade
Trump’s Trade War Is Hitting U.S. and China Stocks Equally Trump’s Trade War Is Hitting U.S. and China Stocks Equally

“Tariffs are working far better than anyone ever anticipated,” President Trump tweeted on August 4. “China market has dropped 27% in last 4 months.” The president’s numbers are off—China’s sto…

September 13, 2018

Turkey
Could A Coalition of the “Friends of Turkey” Ride to Turkey’s Financial Rescue? Could A Coalition of the “Friends of Turkey” Ride to Turkey’s Financial Rescue?

Turkey is in a bit of financial trouble. It isn’t clear that today's rate hike on its own will be enough. The rate hike will make the lira a bit more attractive to foreign investors (and will raise t…

August 29, 2018

International Finance
Can Anyone Other than the U.S. Fund a Current Account Deficit These Days? Can Anyone Other than the U.S. Fund a Current Account Deficit These Days?

Almost all oil-importing emerging economies with current account deficits are under market pressure to adjust ...