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October 10, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s sharp cuts to refugee resettlement have sparked debate over the program’s national security implications.

Syrian refugees who crossed the Evros River wait to be transferred by police to a first reception center in Greece.

September 27, 2018

Puerto Rico
Will the Proposed Restructuring of COFINA Bonds Assure Puerto Rico’s Return to Debt Sustainability?

Puerto Rico’s government and the bulk of the holders of Puerto Rico’s Sales tax backed bonds (COFINA) appear to have reached agreement on restructuring terms (details here). The deal will reduce Puer…

Will the Proposed Restructuring of COFINA Bonds Assure Puerto Rico’s Return to Debt Sustainability?

June 13, 2016

Defense and Security
The Orlando Massacre and Global Terrorism

A brief note to place Sunday morning’s horrific massacre in Orlando, Florida, within the broader global context of terrorism. In 2014, the last year for which there is complete data, there were eight…

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June 16, 2016

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Orlando Massacre and the Conundrum of Online Radicalization

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, President Obama stated “the killer took in extremist information and propaganda over the Internet.” FBI Director James Comey said Omar Mateen’s radicalization o…

Imam Syed Shafeeq Rahman of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce offers a prayer for victims of the Orlando shooting, in Fort Pierce, Florida on June 12, 2016. (Joe Skipper/Reuters)

June 26, 2018

El Salvador
Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

June 17, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: The Orlando Mass Shooting Heightens Terrorism Concerns

Polls done in the wake of Sunday’s horrifying mass shooting in Orlando confirm two truths about public opinion: what Americans worry about shifts with events, and Democrats and Republicans view the w…

January 12, 2018

United States
President Trump Attacks African and Haitian Immigration to the United States

During a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress on immigration matters on January 11, President Donald Trump asked why the United States should accept immigrants from Haiti and African states, which he characterized as “shithole countries.”

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December 16, 2016

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2016

Stories began appearing midway through 2016 asking whether it was the worst year ever. It wasn’t. It’s not even the worst year in the last half century. (Try 1968. Or 1974. Or 1979.) But 2016 certain…

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March 11, 2016

Education
Immigration and the 2016 Campaign: The Sad Legacy of Speaker John Boehner

There has been a great deal of ink spilled on the question of who or what is to blame for the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the Republican Party. The alleged culprits include everything from wage …

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October 4, 2016

Malaysia
South and Southeast Asia—The Islamic State’s New Front?

Over the past year, as the Islamic State (ISIS) has suffered multiple losses in Syria and Iraq, the group has clearly been looking to widen its impact, taking the fight to countries outside of the Mi…

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