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July 5, 2018

China
China’s Baby Blues: When Better Policies for Women Backfire

Being a woman is hard, but being a woman in China is getting harder. China’s rapidly aging population and gender imbalance have led to looming demographic and societal issues, and women are caught in…

Lu Libing and his pregnant wife, Mu, pose for pictures during an interview with Reuters at their home in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province March 13, 2014.

December 15, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Deficit Blues

If you need another reminder of why it is going to be hard, short of a crisis, to cut the federal budget deficit, then check out the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. First the good news.  The…

Deficit Blues

March 31, 2017

International Organizations
UN Peacekeeping: A New Leader for the Blue Helmets

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. On Monday, French diplomat J…

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July 19, 2018

State and Local Governments
As Trump Abandons Globalism, Governors Take to World Stage

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I write about increasing global activism from states and what it means for U.S. foreign policy. As Donald Trump abdicates U.S. leadership and dismantles…

Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final State of the State address in Sacramento, California, U.S. on January 25, 2018.

June 21, 2018

United States
What War Games Tell Us About the Use of Cyber Weapons in a Crisis

Recent U.S. war games have shown that decision makers are surprisingly reluctant to use cyber weapons during a crisis scenario that escalates into armed conflict. Why?

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March 15, 2016

Egypt
Egypt’s Black Market Blues

The Central Bank of Egypt devalued the Egyptian pound by 13 percent, which is a long overdue step, but daily life will get tougher for ordinary Egyptians in the short run.

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June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The mineral is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt.

June 7, 2018

Trade
World Leaders Didn’t Take Trump at His Word on Trade. Now They’re in a Pickle.

The president has been clear about his protectionist views. Why didn’t anyone listen?

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May 25, 2018

India
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy Needs More Indian Ocean

Washington will need to identify and commit to specific goals in the Indo-Pacific if this geographic and strategic approach is to be successful.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Trump hold a joint news conferences at the White House.

September 13, 2011

U.S. College Education Blues

A Boston College student at his graduation. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) Today’s Washington Post has two troubling stories that touch on the future of American competitiveness. One story covers a…

Political science major Paul Fabsik wears a price tag hanging from his mortarboard estimating the cost of his education during commencement ceremonies at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts on May 24th. The annual undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $29,839, including room and board. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters)