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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

February 6, 2019

International Organizations
How Not to Choose a World Bank President

President Trump has nominated David Malpass to be the next World Bank president. A more transparent process is needed in selecting the institution's head. 

President Donald J. Trump nominates David Malpass to be president of the World Bank.

January 23, 2019

Military Operations
Climate Change Is a Threat to Military Security

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) …

Damage caused by Hurricane Michael is seen on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S., October 16, 2018.

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.

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).

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.

October 14, 2016

United States
Interview With Jim Zirin: Current Events in Latin America

Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Jim Zirin on “Conversations in the Digital Age” to discuss the U.S.-Mexico relationship, the presidential impeachment in Brazil, Colombia’s peace deal, Argen…

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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 18, 2018

Development
Africa Near the Bottom of World Bank's New Human Capital Index

The World Bank has recently released its Human Capital Index, part of the Human Capital Project. The index seeks to measure how much economic productivity per capita is being lost because of underinvestment in human capital.

Jim-Yong-Kim-World-Bank-Bali-Human-Capital-IndexWorld Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks during International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 11, 2018.