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August 10, 2022

Climate Change
What the Historic U.S. Climate Bill Gets Right and Gets Wrong

The Inflation Reduction Act promises the largest investment in climate action in U.S. history—$370 billion—and could lead to significant emissions reductions over the next decade.  

December 10, 2020

Climate Change
Biden’s Climate Change Policy: Why His Special Envoy Role Matters

President-Elect Joe Biden’s appointment of John Kerry to a newly created climate envoy position shows that he is committed to returning the United States to its status as a global leader on climate change.

September 28, 2021

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
What’s at Stake in the Debt Ceiling Showdown

U.S. lawmakers are at loggerheads over raising the limit on government borrowing. Here’s what to know about the debate.

August 24, 2021

Monetary Policy
Fed Excitement Mounts: Waiting for Jackson Hole

Higher inflation has sparked a fierce debate among economists and generated enormous interest in the Fed’s response, which has far-reaching implications for the U.S. and global economies.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a U.S. Senate panel in July 2021.

June 11, 2021

United States
How Much Is Too Much? The U.S. Inflation Debate Heats Up

Some experts are sounding the alarm over rising inflation in the United States, despite assurances from the Federal Reserve. Here’s what to know.

December 22, 2021

COVID-19
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to procure critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

April 6, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump’s Africa Policy Is Better Than It Looks

The Trump administration has largely continued U.S. policies in Africa aimed at building economic ties, political stability, and health care, but it lacks a strategy for the continent’s looming geopo…

February 10, 2022

Eastern Europe
Why the U.S. Ramped Up Its Information War With Russia

Fearing an invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. government is vigorously trying to head off alleged Russian plots and misinformation campaigns. The efforts have opened a new front for competition between th…

February 9, 2021

Afghanistan
U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What Are Biden’s Options?

U.S. troops are supposed to leave by May 1, according to a U.S.-Taliban agreement. But a complete withdrawal could be disastrous.

November 19, 2021

Ukraine
How to Energize NATO’s Response to Russia’s Threats Against Ukraine

Fears of a Russian military offensive against Ukraine are back. NATO should bolster support for Kyiv and the United States should signal new efforts to thwart a controversial Russian energy pipeline…