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December 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Guest Post: Linda Robinson on the End of the Iraq War

Members of the U.S. Air Force board a plane at al-Asad air base in Iraq before flying to the United States. (Mohammed Ameen/courtesy Reuters) I woke up this morning to an email inbox full of news al…

Members of the U.S. Air Force board a plane before flying to the U.S., at al-Asad air base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar November 1, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Oct. 21 that American troops would fully withdraw from Iraq by year-end, as scheduled under a 2008 security pact between the two countries. Picture taken November 1, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

October 12, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Secretary Jacob Lew: Women Contribute to Economic Growth

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Jacob Lew, partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and former U.S. secretary of…

A woman mechanic works on a car in an innovative garage and auto repair workshop that is catering exclusively to female customers, in Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone, in the suburbs of Paris. May 14, 2014.

September 4, 2018

Nuclear Energy
America Risks Missing Out On A Global Nuclear Power Revival

Background reading on the future of the global nuclear trade and the commercial opportunities and national security risks that it presents to the United States.

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August 14, 2017

Israel
Is Zionism "Creepy"? The Question at the Heart of a Social-Media Controversy Deserves an Answer

A Palestinian-American activist's 2012 tweet unleashes a firestorm. But Zionism, good or bad, is not that weird.

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March 6, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Puerto Rico’s Daunting Fiscal Math (My View)

An applied economics question: A country with no independent monetary policy, undergoing a ten-year slump that has reduced its real GDP on average by over a percentage point a year, needs to do a …

September 30, 2016

Israel
Weekend Reading: Shimon Peres, Egypt’s Ultras, and the Kurds of Iran

Reading selections for the weekend of September 30, 2016.

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March 10, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The President Gratuitously Damages American Alliances

American alliances are not in good shape these days, with many countries worrying that President Obama does not value the alliances, their own role in those alliances, or the commitments our alliance…

August 23, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
On Attacking the "Islamic State" in Syria

The threat to the United States and to American interests from the “Islamic State” is now obvious and has been acknowledged by President Obama and his entire administration. The Attorney General and …

March 3, 2014

United States
Obama the Realist?

In the current issue of Politico, Fred Kaplan argues that President Obama is the consummate realist in foreign policy.  Politico asked me to comment, and my response can be found here, entitled "Obam…

June 19, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Syria and the 700 Sorties

Yesterday the columnist Jeffrey Goldberg reported that Secretary of State Kerry argued, inside the Obama administration, for air strikes on Syrian regime air bases, especially those from which chemic…