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September 10, 2019

Election 2020
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

The Presidential Seal

January 1, 1997

Europe and Eurasia
Sustaining the Transition

In the transition of the postcommunist countries from central planning to market economies, the role of the social safety net has become increasingly important and controversial. The dislocations cau…

May 20, 2019

Wars and Conflict
Development Redefined--The Battles We Choose to Avoid Wars We Can’t Win

Conflicts, crises in fragile states, and violent extremism are on the rise and a record number of people were forced from their homes last year. Short-term security interventions and humanitarian res…

Play A girl in Dollow, Somalia.

November 13, 2017

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

Alexandra Kilroy is an intern for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. For those new to Net Politics, our report-watch series of posts distills the most …

Student in the stacks

March 25, 2019

Kashmir
Will South Asia Ever See Peace?

As India-Pakistan tensions reach new heights, panelists examine the current situation, each country’s relationship with Kashmir, and U.S. policy in South Asia.

Play Will South Asia Ever See Peace?

January 11, 2017

United States
The U.S. Needs More Manufactured Exports

I previously have noted that—if you exclude processing imports—China’s imports of manufactures are low relative to its GDP. I suspect the interlinked "China, Inc" connections between Party and State …

ae-manufacturing-imports

October 17, 2016

Development
For the People and By the People: Shaping Norms for the Internet of Things

Susan Ariel Aaronson is a research professor and cross-disciplinary fellow at George Washington University. Ethan Wham is social media consultant and a member of the greater Washington, DC chapter of…

May 22, 2012

Education
Peter Thiel and the Great College Debate

Should more Americans go to college? I would have thought the answer is an unequivocal yes. The evidence is overwhelming that college graduates have lower unemployment rates, earn far more money, and…

Co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel speaks during a news conference in Washington in October 2011 (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters).

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