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June 15, 2016

Fossil Fuels
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve: A Policy Response to Oil Price Volatility?

This guest post is authored by Jason Bordoff, professor of professional practice and founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Publi…

A maze of crude oil pipes and valves at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas (REUTERS/Richard Carson).

June 1, 2011

Intelligence
Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of President Barack Obama’s appearance before the nation to announce that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” Accordin…

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

August 23, 2012

Defense and Security
Top Twelve Defense Sequestration Scare Tactics

Over a year ago, on August 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. The bipartisan legislation easily passed the House, 269-131, with 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats vot…

Panetta and Dempsey

February 7, 2014

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: Global Threats Hearing, China’s ADZ, Drones in Pakistan

Hearing on Global Threats to the U.S., U.S. House Intelligence Committee, February 4, 2014. REPRESENTATIVE JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-IL): Director Clapper, do you have any concrete intelligence of a relatio…

January 13, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is Obama Reinventing Government?

Above the Fold. My BlackBerry buzzed this morning with email alerts informing me that President Obama intends to ask Congress for authority to merge several of the federal government’s trade- and com…

President Barack Obama speaks about government reform at the White House on January 13, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

February 3, 2011

Egypt
Free Sandmonkey!

Events in Egypt are moving fast—and deteriorating faster. Here is the text of a post by Sandmonkey, the leading Egyptian blogger, who was arrested today, beaten, and then released. He recently tweets…

June 15, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Remarks on Morning in South Africa

The following text is the entirety of John Campbell’s speech delivered as part of the Department of State’s Ralph J Bunche Library Series, on June 8, 2016.  From a certain perspective, South Africa …

Table Mountain

September 10, 2014

Conflict Prevention
Ebola Reveals Gaps in Global Epidemic Response

Coauthored with Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program.   Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), calls t…

Health workers screen patients for the Ebola virus at a local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on June 30, 2014.

May 18, 2009

Monetary Policy
Russia’s waning appetite for dollars

If Russia were China -- or if Russia’s reserves were growing at the same pace as in late 2007 or early 2008 – today’s revelation that Russia cut the dollar share of its reserves over the course of 20…

Russia’s waning appetite for dollars

September 20, 2011

Egypt
Egypt’s Identity Crisis

  An injured anti-government protester rests by a burned out bus, used as barricade, alongside the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo (Yannis Behrakis/Courtesy Reuters)   This article app…

Egypt’s Identity Crisis