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March 7, 2013

United States
Obama’s Minimum-Wage Hike Will Hit Employment

President Obama has proposed increasing the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00, pointing out that 19 states already have minimum wages in excess of $7.25.  Only one state, however, Wa…

Obama’s Minimum-Wage Hike Will Hit Employment

November 7, 2013

Development
The Benefits of No-Strings-Attached Cash

What if I suggested that the best way to fight poverty is simply to give money to poor people, no strings attached? You’d probably say I was crazy. Just dropping cash on the world’s poorest might res…

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April 20, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Why Europe Can’t Bring Peace to the Middle East

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s top foreign policy official, has received a remarkable letter from the "European Eminent Persons Group on the Middle East Peace Process." This self-selected collectivi…

July 25, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Question of the Week: China in Africa Part III

This is the third Question of the Week post about Chinese involvement in Africa. Last week, we focused on the debate of whether Africa or China itself benefits more from Chinese aid. The week before …

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June 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Land "Expropriation Bill"

There is less than meets the eye to the South African parliament’s passage at the end of May of a land reform bill, called the “Expropriation Bill.” Ostensibly, the new legislation has some similarit…

Islamist Terrorism in SA

May 29, 2015

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Money Pit, Morocco’s Jewish Community, and Saudi Civil Society

Nizar Manek and Jeremy Hodge chase after $9.4 billion worth of secret accounts and special funds hidden away by top Egyptian officials. Evelyn Crunden examines how one group in Morocco remembers and…

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October 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Weekly Foreign Policy Roundup: Afghanistan, the Democratic Debate, and Syria

A bit of bipartisanship blossomed this week when Republican presidential candidates voiced support for President Obama’s plan to keep nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2016…

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April 24, 2015

South Korea
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strike Policies, North Korea, and Conflict Prevention

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, White House, April 23, 2015. John Earnest, White House Spokesperson:  I can tell you that Mr. Gadahn was not specifically targeted.  But in a fashion …

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January 23, 2015

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: ISIS, Defense Contractors, and Yemen

Tim Starks, “Congress on Yemen,” Roll Call, January 22, 2015. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):  ISIL is a bigger threat to us than anything I can think of right now. (3PA: The Islamic State of Iraq and …

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November 5, 2014

United States
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: CFR Symposium

I’ve been blogging this week on great resources on the Cold War to mark Sunday’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yesterday, CFR brought together several Cold War experts to d…

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