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August 7, 2013

Review of Smuggler Nation

In Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Peter Andreas, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studie…

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October 16, 2013

What Does Adult Mediocrity Mean for U.S. Competitiveness? It's Complicated

It is old news that average American student performance is mediocre on international tests. With the recent release of the OECD’s first survey of adult skills, we now know that American adults conti…

Thomas Michel, a professor at Harvard Medical School, waits for the start of the 360th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 26, 2011. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

July 18, 2013

Defense and Security
Corruption in Mexico

Follow Mexico’s headlines and you will see an uptick in high-level corruption cases. In this piece for Huffington Post, I discuss how Mexico has gotten better at exposing corruption but also why it s…

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April 20, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Why Europe Can’t Bring Peace to the Middle East

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s top foreign policy official, has received a remarkable letter from the "European Eminent Persons Group on the Middle East Peace Process." This self-selected collectivi…

February 17, 2012

Competitiveness: How the United States Lost its Way

While it’s only February, I feel safe in making the following prediction: the new issue of the Harvard Business Review contains the most important thinking on the issue of U.S. competitiveness that w…

The March 2012 cover of the Harvard Business Review.

October 28, 2011

Read of the Week: the Uphill Battle Against Money Laundering

Bundles of confiscated drug money worth two million euros ($2.7 million) are displayed at a police headquarters in Madrid January 18, 2011. (Andrea Comas/Courtesy Reuters) On Tuesday, the UN Office …

Read of the Week: the Uphill Battle Against Money Laundering

June 29, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Are U.S. Efforts Successfully Countering Terrorism in Africa?

This post was co-authored by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn and Andrea Walther-Puri. Cheryl is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. Andrea is a researcher focusing on security sector reform and …

Countering Terrorism

July 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Shabaab’s Ivory Trade, Continued

This is a guest-post by Andrea Crosta, co-Founder and Executive Director of Elephant Action League (EAL). The Elephant Action League (EAL) is appreciative of this opportunity to justify our findings…

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February 28, 2014

Weekend Reading: Damascus Life, Between Baghdad and Erbil, and Cinematic Seduction

Anne Barnard’s article explores life in Damascus while photographer Andrea Bruce’s photos capture it visually for National Geographic. Yerevan Saeed discusses the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KR…


November 24, 2014

Digital Policy
How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?

What a difference two years make. In 2012, the World Conference on Information Technology meeting ended with a high degree of acrimony, with the United States and fifty-four others refusing to sign n…

Christopher Painter, Lawrence Strickling, Daniel Sepulveda, and Nuala O’Connor