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January 8, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Could Lagos Be a Model for the Developing World?

Seth D. Kaplan, writing in the opinion pages of the January 7 New York Times, observes that by 2015, half the world’s population living on less than $1.25 a day will reside in fragile states. These p…

People sit and trade under a bridge at the Orile-Iganmu district of Lagos August 29, 2013

February 14, 2011

Beware the Strategic Consequences of Slashing International Climate Assistance

The Obama administration budget request for FY2012 is out. The contrast with the House Republican alternative is stark. Nowhere is this more clear than in funding for international climate change act…

March 3, 2014

United States
Obama the Realist?

In the current issue of Politico, Fred Kaplan argues that President Obama is the consummate realist in foreign policy.  Politico asked me to comment, and my response can be found here, entitled "Obam…

September 26, 2011

Defense and Security
F-16s, Taiwan, and America’s Future in Asia

A formation of military fighter jets perform during an Air Force demonstration in Taipei. (Nicky Loh/courtesy Reuters) I noted in last week’s Friday File that the White House had approved a $5 billi…

A formation of military AT-3 fighter jets perform during an airforce demonstration at Songshan airport in Taipei September 2, 2007. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN)

September 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Foreign Policy and Campaign 2012

CFR.org just posted an interview I did with former New York Times correspondent Bernard Gwertzman looking at the role foreign policy will likely play in the remaining two months of the presidential c…

President Obama waves as he arrives to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters)

September 26, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Foreign Aid and Lousy Choices

A Pakistani solider stands guard next to relief goods sent by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (Mian Khursheed/courtesy Reuters) At last Thursday night’s GOP president…

A Pakistani solider (front) stands guard next to the relief goods sent by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at a military base in Rawalpindi October 15, 2005. Pakistan raised the official death toll from the Kashmir earthquake to 38,000 a week after one of the most devastating quakes to hit South Asia in recorded history. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

April 13, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: How Will Obama Respond to the North Korea Missile Test?

Above the Fold. Despite warnings from President Obama that there would be “consequences,” North Korea went ahead and launched a ballistic missile to honor the 100th birthday of the country’s founder,…


January 25, 2012

Morning Brief: Washington Responsible for U.S. Worker Competitiveness

Former Clinton Administration official and public policy expert Robert Reich contends that government, as protector of the public good (CSM), has a responsibility to help the American worker compete …

May 3, 2010

Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

Photo courtesy of flickr/Dano Cyber conflict remains an issue in search of a conceptual framework. In his widely noted, and controversial piece in the Washington Post, Michael McConnell, the forme…

Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?