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February 15, 2019

United States
Who Secures the U.S. Border?

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

U.S. troops erect razor wire at the southwest border.

March 17, 2008

Economics
Trading up — Jeff Frankel and Rachel Ziemba will be guest blogging this week

I will be away most of this week and will not be posting regularly. In the interim though, the quality of this blog is likely to go up.Jeff Frankel of Harvard (who recently started his own blog) h…

January 29, 2019

Brazil
A Tale of Two Amazons

A comparison of two Amazons, one corporate and one natural, underscores the vast discrepancy between the health of the economy and the vitality of the environment. 

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Amazonian Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapo tribe.

December 26, 2018

China
Year in Review: Huawei and the Technology Cold War

2018 was the year that started the U.S.-China tech cold war. 2019 might be the year that splinters the global technology system into distinct spheres of influence. 

The Huawei stand is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

November 22, 2019

United States
The Supreme Court in 2020: A Look Ahead

Panelists discuss upcoming cases for the Supreme Court’s 2019–2020 term, and how the current makeup of the Supreme Court could affect landmark decisions. 

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November 15, 2018

Turkey
The Case for Reshaping U.S.-Turkey Relations

When Andrew Brunson, the North Carolinian pastor, was released from Turkish custody in October, President Donald J. Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to “good, perhaps great, relations betwee…

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

November 7, 2019

China
C.V. Starr & Co. Annual Lecture on China: The U.S.-China Technology Competition

Panelists discuss the U.S.-China technology competition, including China’s advances in the field, U.S. universities’ competition and collaboration with China, and the concerns of the U.S. business co…

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October 16, 2018

United States
States Are Challenging New Policy That Denies Asylum to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that denies asylum to applicants fleeing domestic or gang v…

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

October 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Discussion of PBS FRONTLINE's "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia"

Speakers discuss the FRONTLINE documentary “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” as well as U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations. This film captures the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his …

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September 24, 2018

United Nations
UN Prepares for Donald Trump—and a Second Helping of “America First”

Trump has revealed himself to be a man resistant to compromise, with few qualms about going it alone when he doesn’t get his way. For the leaders gathering for the UN General Assembly this week, the …

Trump and Haley