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April 21, 2017

China
Chinese Cinema’s Absent Allure

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

Feng-Xiaogang-award

April 7, 2017

South Africa
The Morning After in South Africa

For now, Jacob Zuma has succeeded in defeating his rivals for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) and an upcoming parliamentary vote of no-confidence will likely fail. The intra-par…

Zuma Parliament

April 5, 2017

Intelligence
Getting Intelligence Agencies to Adapt to Life Out of the Shadows

Intelligence agencies love working in the shadows. However, in a post-Snowden world, they will have to get used to working in the spotlight.

Robert Hannigan

February 26, 2015

What Would Happen if DHS Really Shuts Down?

Among the long list of reasons that the U.S. Congress has become a dysfunctional body, the biggest one may be this: its members are never truly held responsible for the consequences of their actions…

U.S. border agents check a vehicle entering the United States at the American border crossing at Sweetgrass, Montana (Todd Korol/Courtesy Reuters).

October 1, 2014

China
Can Russia Escape Dollar Dependence?

Russian president Vladimir Putin is determined to wean his country off the dollar, or so he says. In July, after insisting that the international monetary system depended too much “on the U.S. do…

Can Russia Escape Dollar Dependence?

January 2, 2014

Education
Is There a Skills Gap? It’s Less Clear-Cut Than You Think

Closing the “skills gap” is high on the list of priorities for Washington policymakers. But the debate behind the skills gaps—whether it exists, how large it might be, and what to do about it—is much…

Case worker Jessica Yon discusses job eligibility for unemployed people at a jobs center in San Francisco, California (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

December 9, 2013

Infrastructure
Why We Don't Have the Aviation Infrastructure We Need...and What to Do About It

The following post was written by Greg Principato, who was President of Airports Council International--North America, the trade association representing U.S. and Canadian airports, from 2005-2013. H…

An American Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California (Patrick T. Fallon/Courtesy Reuters).

September 23, 2013

Education
Travel and Tourism: Small Investments, Big Returns

Whenever I fly back from a trip outside the country, I’m always relieved to be carrying a U.S. passport, because the customs and immigration inspection lines for those who are not Americans or perman…

A traveler has his fingerprints scanned at the international travel entry point at JFK International Airport in New York on March 25, 2008 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

February 26, 2013

The Sequester: What Do Americans Want From Government?

On many sunny weekends, I go walking with my wife and kids along the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland, using the access at Carderock Recreation area in the C&O Canal National Historic Park. There is a pu…

Glacier National Park (akalat/Flickr).

October 19, 2012

Education
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Building A New Manufacturing Base, Layer By Layer

In the beginning of the twentieth century, “manufacturing” brought to mind burly men shaping metal with forges or stamping presses; in the twenty-first century, that mental image may become workers t…

Three-dimensional printer "The Replicator" by MakerBot (MakerBot Industries LLC Handout/Courtesy Reuters).