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June 18, 2018

Conflict Prevention
More, Better Assessments Can Help Prevent Conflict

The United States could do more to effectively help prevent violent conflicts around the world.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

July 10, 2017

Turkey
The Massive Protest Putting Turkey's Erdogan on the Defensive

The March on Justice, organized by opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, puts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bind: He can try to stop it, risking violence, or he can let it go on and wat…

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September 27, 2016

Trade
A Winning Trade Policy for the United States

The Renewing America initiative is releasing today a new paper entitled, “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States,” co-authored by myself and CFR adjunct senior fellow Robert Litan. The paper is…

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November 25, 2016

Health
Who Have Been the Best WHO Director-Generals?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and his research associate Gabriella Meltzer. According to the Co…

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October 11, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Four Things I Learned from Visiting Argonne National Laboratory

For seventy years, Argonne has hosted cutting-edge scientific research. The first national laboratory in the United States, Argonne was created in 1946 as an extension of the Manhattan Project to dev…

Simulation of charging the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery, developed jointly with Argonne National Laboratory (General Motors)

January 2, 2014

Education
Is There a Skills Gap? It’s Less Clear-Cut Than You Think

Closing the “skills gap” is high on the list of priorities for Washington policymakers. But the debate behind the skills gaps—whether it exists, how large it might be, and what to do about it—is much…

Case worker Jessica Yon discusses job eligibility for unemployed people at a jobs center in San Francisco, California (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

June 17, 2013

Education
Progress Report and Scorecard: Remedial Education

The Renewing America Initiative is publishing today a new Progress Report and Infographic Scorecard on federal education policy entitled “Remedial Education.” There is no single issue that is more im…

The CFR Renewing America Education Scorecard

March 21, 2013

Trade
The Rising Tide: A New Look at Trade, Jobs, and Wages

In the Council on Foreign Relations 2011 Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy, we noted that many economists had begun to worry that growing U.S. trade with developing countries…

A man rides his motorcycle past shipping containers at the Port of Shanghai (Aly Song/Courtesy Reuters).

December 16, 2013

United States
The Un-American Studies Association

The American Studies Association has voted 2-to-1 for an academic boycott of Israel. The best comment on this move came from former Harvard president Lawrence Summers, who criticized the idea that …