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December 17, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Nuclear Weapons Policy?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during a test at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

December 27, 2018

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2018

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2018 who through…

President George H.W. Bush greets troops in Saudi Arabia during a 1990 Thanksgiving visit.

July 12, 2017

Europe
The Strange Death of Europe

What does Europe’s future look like? Last night I finished reading Douglas Murray’s fascinating, brilliant, beautifully argued and deeply disturbing book, The Strange Death of Europe. Murray write…

March 21, 2017

Asia
What Happens to Congressional Southeast Asia Policy Under a New U.S. Administration?

Unlike many regions of the world, where U.S. foreign policy has in recent decades been dominated by the executive branch, since the end of the Cold War Congress has played a major role in policy towa…

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July 10, 2014

Education
Congress's Job Training Overhaul: A Modest Step in the Right Direction

This is a guest post by Robert Maxim, research associate, competitiveness and foreign policy, for the Council on Foreign Relations studies program. Any bill that receives the support of both Ted Cru…

Ironworker apprentices (L-R) Ian Welshhans, Daniel Truax and Jason Taylor practice their welding skills during a class at the Ironworkers Local 549 training facility in Wheeling, West Virginia (Jason Cohn/Courtesy Reuters).

January 29, 2014

Corporate Governance
Obama's State of the Union: A Missed Opportunity for Progress

President Obama has been nothing if not a model of consistency in his State of the Union speeches, focusing again and again on the critical need to lift up America’s struggling middle classes. There …

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

October 16, 2013

United States
North America’s Energy Boom

The past week, I participated in an IMF panel discussion on the North American energy boom with fellow energy watchers Alejandro Werner, Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, Alejandro…

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June 11, 2013

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: A One-Stop Welfare Shop

The United Kingdom is implementing a major welfare reform, replacing a constellation of social support programs with a single monthly payment, the universal credit. The amount a recipient receives wi…

A young, unemployed teacher works as a babysitter as she looks for a full-time position (Alessandro Bianchi/Courtesy).

May 8, 2013

Education
Despite Economy, American Values Hold Strong

There are many remarkable findings in the polling cited by Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock in their new working paper for Renewing America, entitled "Resilient American Values: Optimism in an Era of …

An attendee prays during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

January 23, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama SOTU to Focus on Rebuilding Economy

Obama SOTU to Focus on Rebuilding Economy President Obama is expected to use his State of the Union speech (FT), the last before the November presidential election, to push for what he called in a w…