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May 13, 2011

The Resignation of George Mitchell

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) George Mitchell resigned today as the president’s special envoy for the Middle East. Mitchell was appointe…

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010.

March 12, 2020

China
China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They?

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House has forced state broadcasters like …

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to China's Vice Premier Liu He as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on January 31, 2019.

February 10, 2020

Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Tests Xi Jinping's Top-Down System

The coronavirus outbreak is on track to become the worst humanitarian and economic crisis of Xi Jinping's tenure, but the Chinese president is certainly not likely to resign.

People wearing masks walk past a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping on a street as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Shanghai.

August 6, 2015

Cuba
John Kerry, George Shultz, and the Kerry Visit to Cuba

Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon--on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There w…

September 19, 2019

United States
The 223rd Anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address

Today marks the 223rd anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to a speech, but it was actually a six-thousand-word letter to the American people. It f…

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November 19, 2019

United States
Trump’s Sisyphean Task: Bringing Down the U.S. Trade Deficit Without A Fall in the Dollar

Stalled export growth is more a function of the strong dollar than of Trump's trade wars. U.S. non-petrol exports haven't grown over the last five years.

Trump’s Sisyphean Task: Bringing Down the U.S. Trade Deficit Without A Fall in the Dollar

October 3, 2019

Food and Water Security
Down the Hunger Spiral: Pathways to the Disintegration of the Global Food System

For a precarious global agricultural system with powerful feedback loops, business as usual means widespread hunger and embedded systemic risk.

A drought-stricken field in Drenje, Croatia.

April 7, 2020

Americas
Coronavirus Is Killing Lopez Obrador’s Big Plans for Mexico

His “Fourth Transformation” is a victim of his failure to take the pandemic seriously.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shows his amulets, which he says serves him as a "protective shield" against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) along with his honesty and not allowing corruption, during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico March 18, 2020.

April 7, 2020

China
How Effective Have China’s Agricultural and Seafood Tariffs Been?

There is a case that viruses (bird flu, swine fever, and now the coronavirus) have had almost as big an impact on Chinese-American agricultural trade as the trade war. (And more than most want to …

How Effective Have China’s Agricultural and Seafood Tariffs Been?

April 6, 2020

Southeast Asia
Autocrats Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Azerbaijan’s dictator, Ilham Aliyev, is a wily survivor. He woos European democracies with gas exports, hosts the Eurovision song contest and wins $100 million offers of military aid from the United …

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomes crews of MS Westerdam, a cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard might have the coronavirus, as it docks in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on February 14, 2020.