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September 25, 2018

United States
“Russia is the first instance of a socialist economy in action. And it works!” My transcription of an H.D. White essay.

“Political Economic Int. of Future,” by Harry Dexter White (c.1944) In 2013, I published an historical narrative entitled The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dex…

Essay First Page

January 17, 2014

Russia
Parker and Rutherford: Countering China’s Rise Through a U.S.-Russia Coalition

William J. Parker III, PhD, is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Alanna C. Rutherford, JD, is a partner at a New York law firm and a CFR Term Member. Let’s face it; the Unit…

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama are pictured on a video screen installed in the press centre of the G20 Summit in Strelna near St. Petersburg on September 5, 2013. (Grigory Dukor/Courtesy Reuters)

October 17, 2013

China
William J. Parker III: Meng Xiangqing’s Chinese Dream Eludes Reality

William J. Parker III is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Meng Xiangqing got one thing right in his October 8 China Daily article entitled, “Chinese Dream includes strong PLA”:…

Chinese missile destroyers navigate during the fleet's review of the China-Russia joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea on April 26, 2012 (China Daily/Courtesy Reuters).

July 12, 2016

Islamic State
Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy.

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well…

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, October 9, 2017.

March 26, 2012

International Organizations
The Arab League Summit: Three Things to Know

This week’s Arab League Summit in Baghdad presents questions about the organization’s role in a changed Middle East, the durability of Assad’s regime in Syria, and Iraq’s security and regional ties, …

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Gearing Up the State Department for the Era of State- and City-Level Diplomacy

It might have been former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s November 2011 trade delegation to India that first caught my attention. Former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire led another in 2012.   …

Then Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina at an interactive session with entrepreneurs organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chandigarh on November 14, 2014.

February 17, 2017

China
Media Censorship in China

China’s central government has cracked down on press freedom as the country expands its international influence, but in the internet age, many of its citizens hunger for a free flow of information.

Stacks of newspapers on display at a newsstand in Beijing, January 10, 2013.

August 20, 2014

Iraq
Can Iraq Save Itself?

As prime minister, Haider al-Abadi could lead Iraq in a positive direction, but long-term stability in the war-torn country will require political concessions from all factions, explains expert Ned P…