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October 2, 2018

Donald Trump
A Blue Wave Won’t Rescue China

The U.S. congressional midterm elections are just six weeks away. The good folks over at ChinaUSFocus.com noticed all of the talk about a Democratic win after all the votes are counted on November 6…

Blue Wave

October 1, 2018

China
A Blue Wave Won’t Rescue China

A “blue wave” in November isn’t likely to provide an off-ramp for what is shaping up as a years-long struggle between the United States and China over trade policy.

BlueWave

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.

November 8, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Election Will Embolden Trump on Trade

Asia must accept that Democrat House win will not upset America First approach.

US President Trump

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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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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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?

War planning

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.