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Apr 28, 2017

China
Can China Become the World’s Clean Energy Leader?

China seems poised to surpass the United States in leading clean energy innovation and climate change response, but Beijing faces internal challenges to energy reform.

Apr 24, 2017

Military Operations
bomb How the Pentagon Announces Killing Terrorists Versus Civilians 

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  Last week, the U.S. military announced an accomplishment that has come to define progress in the war on terrorism—the de…

Jan 5, 2017

Afghanistan
obamabiden How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2016?

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Jennifer Wilson.  [Note: This post was updated to reflect an additional strike in Yemen in 2016, announced by U.S. Central Command on Janu…

May 1, 2017

Russia
National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

Apr 26, 2017

Wars and Conflict
U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Division stand in formation at Camp Gordon, Georgia in 1917 Lessons from the U.S. Entry Into World War I

Today I had the good luck to talk with three distinguished historians, John Milton Cooper, Jennifer Keene, and Jay Winik about the U.S. decision to enter World War I. All three shared sharp insights …

Oct 2016

Energy and Climate Policy
Sustaining Fuel Subsidy Reform

Overview Fuel consumption subsidies threaten the fiscal and economic health of countries around the world. Economists widely agree that the subsidies, which reduce consumer prices for petroleum an…

Apr 1, 2016

Global
Teaching Notes War by Other Means.jpg War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

Today, nations increasingly carry out geopolitical combat through economic means. Policies governing everything from trade and investment to energy and exchange rates are wielded as tools to win dipl…

Jan 27, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: January 27, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. President Trump’s Android. Old habits die hard, or in this case become major national securit…

Jan 2017

Laos
A Great Place to Have a War

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy.

Jan 3, 2017

China
Three Takes on China to Start a New Year

Christopher Balding (Balding’s World) highlights the risks from the interaction between PBOC tightening—whether because China’s own economy has picked up or a need to mimic the Fed’s tightening cycle…