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March 29, 2018

South Africa
Moody’s Signals its Confidence in Ramaphosa With Credit Rating

Moody’s Investors Service kept South Africa’s credit rating at investor grade, though it is still only one notch above junk, and changed its outlook for the country to stable.

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November 3, 2015

Immigration and Migration
Interview with Jim Zirin

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Jim Zirin on "Conversations in the Digital Age" to discuss U.S. immigration and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Recently aired, you can watch the interview here.

Interview with Jim Zirin - LAM

January 10, 2019

Syrian Civil War
The Top Conflicts to Watch in 2019: Syria

This year, the continued violent reimposition of government control in Syria was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

A banner depicting Syrian leader Assad.

December 26, 2018

Global
Fifty Years After "Earthrise," We Are Racing Toward "Earthset"

Fifty years ago, a photo of Earth rising beyond the lunar horizon captivated the world and inspired the modern environmental movement. Humans have since despoiled the planet to the brink of environme…

Earth rises beyond the lunar horizon.

June 22, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Moody’s Downgrades Large Banks

Rating agency Moody’s Investors Service downgraded fifteen of the world’s largest banks by assets, including five of the six largest U.S. banks (Reuters). A Moody’s managing director explained: “All …

The Manhattan headquarters of Morgan Stanley, who received a ratings downgrade of two notches from Moody's (Andrew Burton/Courtesy Reuters).

November 28, 2018

North Korea
North Korean Missile Tests: A Wary Pause

Ramped-up diplomacy in 2018 has eased tensions on the Korean Peninsula and led to a one-year halt in missile testing. But Pyongyang has not yet taken credible steps toward denuclearization.

Korea Missile

November 26, 2018

United States
CFR 2018: The Year in Events

In 2018, CFR once again hosted high-level discussions of global affairs, from U.S. election security to the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry to the artificial intelligence race.

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November 19, 2018

International Organizations
The World Bank Group’s Role in Global Development

Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank has evolved from a lender focused on European reconstruction to the preeminent international institution for economic development and poverty reduction.

Villagers line up for cooking oil donated by local businessmen in Myanmar.

November 1, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Policy in the Middle East

What has been the effect of two years of Trump policy in the Middle East? In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (and behind their pay wall), I argue that: When Donald Trump arrived in office U.S. in…

October 31, 2018

Yemen
Yemen’s Spiraling Crisis

UN officials warn that deteriorating conditions threaten disaster for Yemenis on a scale few have ever witnessed. Ending the civil war is essential, and the United States could prod the peace process…

A malnourished child receives treatment in Sanaa.