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July 18, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Woman on the Moon and Equality on Earth

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and push toward a new frontier in space exploration, it is time to ensure women are equal partners in STEM and space.

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson at the White House on November 24, 2015.

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

August 7, 2017

United States
California Seizes Climate Leadership After Trump Abandons Paris Accord

In an article recently published by Foreign Affairs, I examine how California has demonstrated its growing influence on the international stage as the United States under President Donald J. Trump ha…

California Governor Jerry Brown meets with Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang

May 31, 2017

Nigeria
Nigerian Coup Rumors

President Muhammadu Buhari’s office has called on the Nigerian public to ignore rumors of a potential coup. Nigeria has a history of military coups, and the president’s extended medical absence in Lo…

Nigerian soldiers exit a court-martial hearing.

June 1, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump’s Catastrophic Climate Decision Imperils the Planet—and Hastens American Decline

In withdrawing the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald J. Trump fulfilled one of his most prominent campaign pledges. But far from making America “great aga…

Trump_Paris Agreement

October 23, 2015

Morocco
Thinking Bureaucratically about Benghazi

There have been many analyses of former Secretary of State Clinton’s testimony this week about Benghazi, but most are political. Here’s a bureaucratic analysis. Mrs. Clinton’s critics claim that she…

May 21, 2015

Americas
Latin America Goes Global Launch

Today is the official launch of Latin America Goes Global. Led by Christopher Sabatini, adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and formerly editor-…

Latin America Goes Global Launch - LAM

July 26, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Amtrak's $7 Billion Revamp Plan for DC's Union Station

Amtrak proposed a $7 billion project to revamp Union Station (WashPost). The Washington, DC station that opened in 1907 is the train service’s second busiest, and its overcrowded tracks prevent furth…

Travelers walk through Union Station in Washington (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

May 14, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: California Budget Deficit Escalates

California is expected to record a $16 billion deficit this year (LATimes). Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a state budget with a deficit of $9.2 billion. Since that time, tax recei…

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in front of a California flag in Long Beach, California on March 14, 2012. (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters)

June 8, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Fed Plans to Include Small Banks in Basel III

The Federal Reserve proposed applying “core” Basel III rules to all U.S. banks by 2019 (WSJ). Experts had expected small banks—less than $1 billion in assets—to be exempted from the new international…

A man enters the headquarters of the Bank for International Settlements, which sponsors the international Basel Committee on Banking Supervision that issued the Basel III rules (Christian Hartmann/Courtesy Reuters).