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February 20, 2016

Defense and Security
Evaluating Michael Hayden’s Defense of CIA Drone Strikes

Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Gen. Michael Hayden has an op-ed in today’s New York Times: “To Keep America Safe, Embrace Drone Warfare.” The two-thousand-word piece provide…

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January 9, 2019

Cuba
The OAS Secretary General Tells the Whole Truth About the Cuban Regime

For many years the Organization of American States was a dictators' club, where the rule was "you don't criticize my human rights abuses and I won't criticize yours." And the secretaries-general of t…

February 19, 2019

Ireland
Why the U.S. Tax Reform's International Provisions Need to Be Reformed

I wanted to follow up on a few points that I didn’t have space to explore in my New York Times op-ed on the international provisions of Trump’s corporate tax reform. The first is that, well, there…

Why the U.S. Tax Reform's International Provisions Need to Be Reformed

February 13, 2019

United Kingdom
Towards More Gender-Inclusive Parliaments: The UK Embraces Proxy Voting

Last month, the British parliament voted to implement a trial of proxy voting for representatives on parental leave, a small step to make political institutions more gender-sensitive.

Swedish Member European Parliament Jytte Guteland (R) holds her baby as she takes part in a voting session at the European Parliament.

February 11, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Kamala Harris, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Government prosecutors often have political ambitions. The list of prosecutors who became mayor (think Rudy Guiliani) or governor (think Chris Christie) is long. But the last president to have any ex…

Kamala 2020

February 11, 2019

Germany
The Case for a Significant German Stimulus Is Now Overwhelming

Germany’s economy is slowing by more than can easily be explained by the obvious slowdown in exports (see Gavyn Davies, who, to be fair, believes there were some one-off drags to German growth in h2 …

The Case for a Significant German Stimulus Is Now Overwhelming

February 8, 2019

Germany
Cyber Week in Review: February 8, 2019

This week: a SOTU non-event; Facebook in Germany; Huawei war; WhatsApp warns Indian politicians; and China's APT10 strikes again. 

Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office, is pictured at his desk before an interview with Reuters in Bonn, Germany April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018.

February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

In the daily Africa in Transition blog, on February 6, 2019, Ambassador Michelle Gavin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program, harshly criticized the United States government’s policy toward the December 2018 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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February 6, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Truth About United States’ Complicity in DRC’s Fraudulent Election

Despite having suggested it would isolate and pressure those undermining democracy in Congo just days before, the Trump administration decided to join other states in accepting the sham outcome in an effort to stave off a potentially violent stalemate in Congo. The wisdom of that choice is debatable.

DRC Blog Post

February 6, 2019

International Organizations
How Not to Choose a World Bank President

President Trump has nominated David Malpass to be the next World Bank president. A more transparent process is needed in selecting the institution's head. 

President Donald J. Trump nominates David Malpass to be president of the World Bank.