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June 29, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Saudi Women at the Wheel

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 24 to June 29, was compiled with sup…

A Saudi woman celebrates as she drives her car in her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.

February 5, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Iowa Shrinks the Field

And then there were eleven. Mike Huckabee, Martin O’Malley, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul all opted to end their campaigns this week in the wake of their poor showings in the Iowa caucuses. It’s not s…

Buttons for visitors at the Greater Des Moines Partnership Iowa Caucus Consortium candidate forum are seen before a visit by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Des Moines, Iowa, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

January 29, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: The White Whale of American Politics

Polls show that national security has shot up the list of concerns for voters, and especially for Republicans. That has spurred talk that 2016 could provide something we haven’t seen in a while, if e…

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December 18, 2015

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Democrats and Republicans Have Different Priorities

In a post last week, I noted that polls showed that terrorism has jumped up the priority list for voters and wondered whether it troubled Democrats and Republicans equally. The poll I looked at last …

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December 4, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Terrorism Concerns Grow

Last month I wrote that domestic policy issues were trumping foreign policy ones in the minds of the American voters. In one poll, eight in ten Americans said that domestic issues would have the bigg…

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July 15, 2015

Technology and Innovation
Five Things I Learned About the Future of Solar Power and the Electricity Grid

Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies in Golden, Colorado, the Energy Department’s  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was established in 1977 to help bring new energy technologies to mark…

The entrance to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado

June 13, 2014

The World Next Week: Books to Read This Summer

The World Next Week podcast is up. This week, Bob McMahon and I took a break from our regular discussion of next week’s news to kick off the summer with some reading recommendations. We were joined b…

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January 26, 2014

Why the U.S. and Russia Won’t Cooperate to Protect the Sochi Games

With the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia scheduled to start in twelve days, U.S. officials and policymakers have repeatedly raised the possibility of a terrorist attack by Chechen militant…

December 10, 2013

United States
Egypt: Mockery

There is no shortage of advice in the United States about how the Obama administration should approach Egypt.  The familiar ring of policy prescriptions bouncing around the Beltway and beyond is eith…

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August 15, 2013

The World Next Week: Egyptian Military Crushes Protests, Japan and Russia Discuss Kuril Islands Dispute, and Al-Jazeera America Debuts

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egypt’s continuing turmoil, the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia, and the debut of al-Jazeera America. [audio: http://www.c…

Military police stand outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Courtesy Reuters).