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December 19, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Curious About Clean Energy Innovation? Take This Class

This fall, I created and taught a course at Georgetown University called “Clean Energy Innovation." The course, offered to undergraduates studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA…

Fabrication of an organic solar photovoltaic cell in the lab (BASF)

April 16, 2015

Cuba
Cuba and Terrorism

President Obama has moved to take Cuba off the "terrorism list."  The administrations defends its move in a lengthy memorandum from the State Department to Congress, but the more they explain it the …

July 9, 2012

Infrastructure
Who’s to Blame for the Power Outages?

There’s nothing like six days without electricity in the middle of a record heat wave to leave one with the feeling that somebody must be doing something wrong. I shouldn’t really complain too much. …

Linemen work to try to restore power to a neighborhood in Falls Church, Virginia on July 3, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

April 6, 2012

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Michigan's 'Fiscal Accountability Act'

As dozens of towns and cities across the country—from Stockton, CA, to Providence, RI—stare down the precipice of insolvency, some states are taking bold action to protect their prized bond-ratings a…

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June 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits South Africa

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s “Ripples of Hope” speech at the University of Cape Town, a congressional delegation (codel) visited South Africa the last week of May. I…

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June 24, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Trump Gives Brexit a Thumbs Up

Global markets aren’t happy with the British vote to exit the European Union. But Donald Trump sure is. At a press conference for the opening of his new luxury golf resort, Trump Turnberry in western…

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June 5, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: June 5, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Roughly four million U.S. government employees will receive notifications that their personal…

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May 15, 2015

United States
You Might Have Missed: Islamic Violence, the Bush Legacy, and Rubio on Libya

Michael Morell, with Bill Harlow, The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism from Al Qa’ida to ISIS (New York, NY: Twelve, 2015), p. 63. [On September 15, 2001], a senior State Dep…

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May 26, 2015

Technology and Innovation
The World Needs Post-Silicon Solar Technologies

In his 2007 keynote address to the Materials Research Society, Caltech Professor Nate Lewis surveyed global energy consumption and concluded that out of all the renewable options, only solar power co…

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April 22, 2015

Cybersecurity
Five Quick Takeaways From the First Two Days of the RSA Conference

The madness that is the RSA Conference is well underway. Here are five quick takeaways from the first day and a half: 1. We may be in San Francisco, but the center of the cybersecurity world is Wash…

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