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August 28, 2015

United States
Scott Walker’s Foreign Policy Speech

Gov. Scott Walker gave a major foreign policy speech today at The Citadel, and it contained some points worth noting. I’ll skip over some of the rhetoric and the criticism of Clinton and Obama, which…

February 13, 2015

Education
Scott Walker's Risky College Experiment

Since 2000, the percent of state budgets devoted to higher education has fallen from 13 percent to 9.5 percent. This decline in funding has strained public university finances, reduced pay for many p…

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

September 26, 2013

Health
Emerging Voices: Lynn ElHarake on International Family Planning Efforts

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Lynn ElHarake, research associ…

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July 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Scott Walker, GOP Presidential Candidate

Twelve Americans have become president without having earned a college degree. (Two of them are on Mount Rushmore.) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who studied at Marquette University but left befor…

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 13, 2015.

January 31, 2019

China
A Bold Proposal for Fighting Censorship: Increase the Collateral Damage

Valentin Weber is a DPhil candidate in cybersecurity and a research affiliate with the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. He is also an Open Technology Fund (OTF) S…

People walk past a Lenovo shop in Hefei, Anhui province

August 22, 2018

Maternal and Child Health
Pregnant in a War Zone: Why Respectful Maternity Care Matters in Humanitarian Settings

Last month, White Ribbon Alliance and the American Refugee Committee convened a first-of-its-kind consultation to forge a new path for prioritizing respectful maternity care in humanitarian settings…

Madame Marcus holds her five-minute-old baby boy after giving birth to her second child at a makeshift hospital run by B-FAST (Belgian First Aid and Support Team).

March 12, 2015

Brazil
Why Is Walmart Raising Wages?

On February 19, Walmart announced that it was raising its minimum starting wage to $9 an hour.  Since Walmart is famous for its ruthless cost management, this appeared to be a significant sign of …

Why Is Walmart Raising Wages?

March 4, 2015

United States
Psychology and the Oil Market

In his recent book, Market Madness: A Century of Oil Panics, Crises, and Crashes, our colleague Blake Clayton explains the role of market psychology in contributing to the wild price swings that h…

Psychology and the Oil Market

July 2, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
Greece Fallout: Italy and Spain Have Funded a Massive Backdoor Bailout of French Banks

In March 2010, two months before the announcement of the first Greek bailout, European banks had €134 billion worth of claims on Greece.  French banks, as shown in the right-hand figure above, had…

Greece Fallout: Italy and Spain Have Funded a Massive Backdoor Bailout of French Banks

June 24, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
A Full Greek IMF-Debt Default Would Be Four Times All Previous Defaults Combined

Since the IMF’s launch in 1946, 27 countries have had overdue financial obligations of 6 months or more.*  But the amounts involved have always been small, never exceeding SDR 1bn ($1.4bn). This …

A Full Greek IMF-Debt Default Would Be Four Times All Previous Defaults Combined