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April 7, 2016

Economics
Why Solar Will Need to Cost 25¢ Per Watt by 2050, And How the Industry Might Get There

This post is co-written with Shayle Kann, senior vice president of research at Greentech Media. For solar power to become truly mainstream, how much should it cost? And is the industry on track to…

An operator inspects equipment used to fabricate the most efficient solar cells in the world, jointly developed by SolarJunction and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Daniel Derkacs/SolarJunction).

January 20, 2016

Elections and Voting
Five Foreign Policy Books the Next President Should Read

Inauguration Day is now exactly one year away. In 366 days—2016 is a Leap Year—one of the candidates now barnstorming Iowa and New Hampshire will take the oath of office. Everything will change the m…

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January 13, 2016

Conflict Prevention
States of Failure and Disunion, at Home and Abroad

President Obama delivered an unusually thoughtful State of the Union address last night. Appropriate for his valedictory speech to Congress, the president skipped the usual laundry list of legislativ…

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2016.

May 28, 2015

Israel
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Question of Hamas, Gaza, and Israel

Amnesty International has just issued a report on human rights violations by Hamas in Gaza during last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel.  It has garnered a great deal of attention, in part be…

May 8, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:  A U.S. federal appeals court struck down the provision of the PATRIOT Act that allowed the N…

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April 23, 2015

Technology and Innovation
Why Moore’s Law Doesn’t Apply to Clean Technologies

Over the weekend, Moore’s Law—the prediction that the number of transistors (building blocks) on an integrated circuit (computer chip or microchip) would double every two years—turned fifty years old…

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January 13, 2015

Military Operations
Guest Post: Obama’s Legacy-Troop Reductions or Drone Strikes?

Amelia M. Wolf is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action and the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In its latest edition…

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July 10, 2014

United States
This Week: Israel and Hamas Fight while Baghdad and Kurdistan Argue

Significant Developments Israel-Palestine. Israel entered its third day of Operation Protective Edge today as rockets rained down on many parts of Israel. More than fifteen rockets were fired into T…

An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod July 8, 2014 (Ratner/Courtesy Reuters).

May 8, 2014

Economics
Russian Contagion, Geopolitical Risk, and Markets

Yesterday, I published my Global Economics Monthly. I argue that further economic sanctions against Russia would have significant global economic effects because of the Russia’s connectedness to ener…

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December 27, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Drones, U.S. Arms in Iraq, and Civil-Military Relations

        “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap: FY2013-2038,” U.S. Department of Defense, 2013.  Inventory of DoD UAS (page 5) (3PA: Like other Pentagon reports, the data contained in this char…

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