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May 30, 2019

South Africa
Ramaphosa Inaugurated in South Africa, U.S. Sends Delegation

At a rugby stadium in Pretoria on May 25, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s fourth democratically elected president since 1994. The U.S. presidential delegation to the inauguration was headed by Kimberly A. Reed, the president of the Export-Import Bank.

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December 9, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE on Camera: Janet Napolitano on International Cooperation for Homeland Security

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) When the topic comes up of which federal agencies are responsible for keeping Americans safe from foreign threats…

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jan Napolitano speaks about heightened passenger vigilance and airport security ahead of the holiday travel season at Reagan National Airport in Washington November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

November 20, 2018

United States
The Fed Is Tightening More Than It Realizes

Before the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Fed’s balance sheet stood at $925 billion—mostly U.S. Treasury securities. After 59 months of asset purchases to push down longer-term interest ra…

The Fed Is Tightening More Than It Realizes

June 28, 2018

United States
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

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December 1, 2017

Political History and Theory
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand seventeen witnessed many significant historical anniversaries: the centennial of the U.S. entry into Wo…

British soldiers marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1.

December 28, 2016

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2016

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2016 who throu…

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March 9, 2016

Monetary Policy
Is a Little Turbulence a Threat to Growth?

The minutes of the FOMC’s January 26-27 meeting mention financial “market turbulence” five times, and report that members discussed its potential to “restrain U.S. economic activity.” Chair Janet …

Is a Little Turbulence a Threat to Growth?

October 6, 2016

Russia
A Literal Cold War: The EU-Russian Struggle Over Energy Security

Niall Henderson is an Interdepartmental Program Assistant at the Council on Foreign Relations. On September 14, Ukraine initiated arbitration against the Russian Federation for violations of the U…

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November 9, 2016

United States
The President’s (Economic) Inbox

The election of Donald Trump creates extraordinary uncertainty about the future course of U.S. economic policy. Markets don’t like extreme unknowns, and there are valid reasons to fear that Trump’s p…

April 2, 2015

Monetary Policy
Is the Fed Gonna Tighten Like It’s 1994? Or 2004?

How will the Fed raise rates once it starts?  Gradually, in small steps?  Faster, with larger steps? In 2012, before becoming Fed chair, Janet Yellen argued for a later first rate-hike than would…

Is the Fed Gonna Tighten Like It’s 1994? Or 2004?