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April 12, 2012

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy and Inflated Threats

On February 15, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee: “I can’t impress upon you that in my personal military judgment, formed over th…

Martin Dempsey

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).

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).

March 24, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Ted Cruz, GOP Presidential Candidate

Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, that person is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Yesterday, he formally announced that he is running for president. Cruz’s rise to nat…

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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

October 16, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: October 16, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Citizen Lab released a report identifying thirty-two countries whose governments are most lik…

CFR Net Politics Cyber

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 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…

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