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March 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
Wikileaks and the CIA: What’s in Vault7?

On Tuesday, Wikileaks released a huge cache of documents it said were descriptions of CIA cyber tools used to break into smartphones, computers and internet-connected TVs. Wikileaks says the document…

December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

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December 15, 2016

United States
Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

A big caveat. Apple is being used to represent a lot of companies with very valuable intellectual property (IP) that have built up similarly outsized piles of cash outside the United States; it is th…

Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

March 18, 2016

Cuba
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Brazil’s Crisis Snowballs, Deferred Corruption Prosecutions, U.S. Bets on Cuba

Brazil’s Corruption Crisis Snowballs Brazil’s corruption investigations expanded to encompass the former and current president. Federal police detained and questioned former President Luíz Inácio Lu…

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March 9, 2016

Iran
Dangerous Illusions About Iran

Last year’s Iran nuclear agreement was sold with several powerful arguments, and among the most important were these: that the agreement would strengthen Iranian "moderates" and thus Iran’s external …

May 4, 2018

United Kingdom
British Foreign Policy Post Brexit

As the United Kingdom moves closer to an exit from the European Union, questions remain about how Brexit will influence Britain’s role on the world stage.

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September 15, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
UNRWA, the State Department, and the Uses of English

Just a few days ago I wrote here about "Leopoldo Lopez, John Kerry, and the Uses of English." My point was that the State Department’s tepid reaction to the outrageous and farcical "trial" of the Ven…

January 6, 2015

Cuba
Cuba: More Political Prisoners, But the New U.S. Policy Marches Onward

There are more Cuban political prisoners  today than on the day President Obama announced his deal with the Castro brothers, December 17. Part of that deal was supposed to see 53 Cuban political pri…

September 16, 2013

Monetary Policy
Why the Labor Data Point to a September Fed Taper

The August “jobs report is an important reminder that all this tapering talk is insane and dangerous,” pronounced Slate economics writer Matt Yglesias, reflecting the consensus of the econo-commen…

Why the Labor Data Point to a September Fed Taper

November 19, 2013

Development
World Toilet Day and the Need for Clean Water

The fact that a global water crisis is underway is likely unfathomable to many people living in developed countries, where getting clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But for those living …

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