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May 25, 2017

United States
How to Fix the Trump Plan to Fix Our Infrastructure

In an uncharacteristically low-profile manner, the Trump administration included a high-level preview of how it intends to tackle America’s infrastructure deficit in the 2018 budget request it submit…

U.S. aging road and infrastructure

September 21, 2018

China
China Pledges $60 Billion in Financing to an Increasingly Debt-Distressed Africa

On September 3 and 4, leaders of fifty-three African nations gathered in Beijing for the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), where President Xi Jinping unveiled a new pledge of $60 billion in financing for Africa.

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July 28, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Aid Grants Reveal Saudi Priorities

In June, Saudi Arabia granted Jordan $400 million in aid. This week, the Saudis added a billion dollars more, and this $1.4 billion is cash—not loans, not investments, but budget support. This amou…

September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

February 1, 2018

Infrastructure
Bipartisanship on Infrastructure? Not So Fast

A bipartisan deal on infrastructure seems doable—but with the devil in the details, it is much harder than it looks.

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September 4, 2018

Uganda
Uganda's Bobi Wine Brings Attention to Museveni's Repressive Politics

Recent events have shone an international spotlight on Uganda, where the government’s treatment of parliamentarian and musician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name, Bobi Wine, is bringing new attention to the repressive nature of Ugandan politics, and new energy to those resisting the status quo. He recently arrived in the United States to seek medical treatment for injuries allegedly sustained while in government custody.

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August 28, 2018

United States
Foreign Investment and U.S. National Security

The United States and other Western countries are reevaluating their foreign investment regulations amid an uptick in Chinese interest in strategic sectors.

China-U.S. foreign investment

August 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
Duterte the Peacemaker?

By Richard Heydarian Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), previously known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The signing marked a major milestone…

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August 23, 2018

United States
The Debate Over U.S. Security Clearances: What to Know

President Trump’s revocation of a former CIA director's security clearance has stirred up a debate about access to government secrets, free speech, and democratic norms.  

Security Clearances John Brennan

August 16, 2018

Afghanistan War
Global Conflict This Week: Major Taliban Offensive in Afghanistan

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Afghan National Army soldier in Afghanistan