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October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.


March 20, 2017

International Organizations
Trump 2018 Budget Proposal: What We Know (And Don’t Know)

The following is a guest post by Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The following information is compiled by Laurie and her research associate Gabrie…


December 11, 2014

Don't Get Too Excited About the Budget Deal

If Congress can pass the spending bill it has negotiated, it will succeed in avoiding another costly and embarrassing shutdown. However, as CFR Adjunct Fellow Peter Orszag explains in a new column fo…

The moon is seen rising behind the dome of the U.S. Capitol building (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters).

April 24, 2017

Report Watch Vol. II: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program and Lorand Laskai is a research associate in the Asia Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow L…

July 18, 2013

Monetary Policy
Mortgages and Monetary Policy Don’t Mix

From the beginning of 2009 through this past May 21st, the Fed amassed a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) valued at $1.2 trillion.  Over this period, the average 30-year fixed mortgag…

Mortgages and Monetary Policy Don’t Mix

March 27, 2014

We Don’t Know If Our Patent System is Working

“Innovation” is a hot buzzword in Washington. In a city gripped by partisanship, being pro-innovation is something everyone can agree on. One of the most direct ways the federal government participat…

A woman tries the silver colored version of the new iPhone 5S after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California September 10, 2013 (Stephen Lam/Courtesy Reuters).

November 27, 2012

Why Don't U.S. Exports Create More Jobs?

When President Bill Clinton was trying to persuade Congress to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993, administration officials frequently made the claim that each additional $1…

President Clinton signs the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law on December 8, 1993 (Mike Theiler/Courtesy Reuters).

July 10, 2012

The Washington Post and Outsourcing: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Outsourcing is a big problem. That’s about the only thing The Washington Post got right in its front page story this morning, “Obama struggles to make headway on outsourcing,” that sadly does much to…

Workers are pictured beneath clocks displaying time zones at an outsourcing center in Bangalore (Vivek Prakash/Courtesy Reuters).

December 9, 2013

Why We Don't Have the Aviation Infrastructure We Need...and What to Do About It

The following post was written by Greg Principato, who was President of Airports Council International--North America, the trade association representing U.S. and Canadian airports, from 2005-2013. H…

An American Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California (Patrick T. Fallon/Courtesy Reuters).

May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)