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December 17, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Nuclear Weapons Policy?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during a test at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

October 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
New Cyber Brief: Disinformation on Steroids

Deep fakes are a profoundly serious problem for democratic governments and the world order. A new Council on Foreign Relations Cyber Brief argues that a combination of technology, education, and publ…

Deep fake obama

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

October 27, 2017

Immigration and Migration
The Big Lie: Does DHS Really Have to Deport a Ten-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy?

President Donald Trump’s flexibility with facts is so often on display that it can become exhausting just trying to correct all the misinformation coming out of his administration. But I have a nomin…

U.S. Border Patrol Agent/Checkpoint

September 4, 2014

China
Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

“The various currencies, which were all maintained on a stable basis in relation to gold and to one another, facilitated the easy flow of capital and of trade to an extent the full value of which …

Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

January 20, 2016

Elections and Voting
Five Foreign Policy Books the Next President Should Read

Inauguration Day is now exactly one year away. In 366 days—2016 is a Leap Year—one of the candidates now barnstorming Iowa and New Hampshire will take the oath of office. Everything will change the m…

Books-Blog-Vancouver

November 8, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: FAA UAV Roadmap, Salaries of Congress, and Blackwater

“Despite Challenges, Africans Are Optimistic about the Future,” Pew Research, November 8, 2013. The world’s two leading powers, the U.S. and China, enjoy mostly positive images in Africa. Both natio…

Pew China v US Favorability

January 6, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
#Occupy Nigeria

Anger at President Goodluck Jonathan’s elimination of the fuel subsidy appears to have united Nigerians in a way not seen for many years. There have been popular protests in virtually all of Nigeria’…

A member of the Nigerian Bar Association holds up a placard to protest a fuel subsidy removal in Lagos January 5, 2012.