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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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August 22, 2018

Digital Policy
The Link Between More Internet Access and Frequent Internet Shutdowns

You might think that the country with the most internet shutdowns is an authoritarian dictatorship in the mold of Belarus. You would be wrong. 

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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 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: A Ministerial Majority

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 2 to June 8, was compiled with suppo…

Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez poses with new government members for a family photo following their first cabinet meeting.

May 11, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Making History in Tunisia

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 May 5 to May 11, was compiled with suppor…

Souad Abderrahim, a candidate of the Islamist Ennahda party, addresses supporters.

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 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

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