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March 14, 2019

China
Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

How the fragile macro-economic base of China’s external adjustment could intersect with China 2025 and generate a new "China" shock.

Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

December 27, 2018

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2018

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 2018 who through…

President George H.W. Bush greets troops in Saudi Arabia during a 1990 Thanksgiving visit.

November 14, 2017

Digital Policy
Teaching Morality to Machines

Before giving machines a sense of morality, humans have to first define morality in a way computers can process. A difficult but not impossible task.

Robot

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 …

March 25, 2013

Infrastructure
The Sales Tax: The New Way to Fund Transportation?

Engineers have been browbeating U.S. policymakers about the dire state of the country’s infrastructure for years. This year is no different. Last week the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S…

Cars wait in a traffic jam in New York City (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters).

October 29, 2013

Iran
Meanwhile, Back in Iran...

The Obama administration has bought into what my colleague at CFR Ray Takeyh calls the "Rouhani narrative:" Rouhani is a reformer, Iran is ripe for change and reform, progress is at hand. As in the C…

February 26, 2013

The Sequester: What Do Americans Want From Government?

On many sunny weekends, I go walking with my wife and kids along the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland, using the access at Carderock Recreation area in the C&O Canal National Historic Park. There is a pu…

Glacier National Park (akalat/Flickr).

June 4, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
NGO Verdict in Cairo, Failure in Washington

Here is what happened in Cairo in the case of 43 NGO workers whose crime was to promote democracy in Egypt: An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 America…

August 9, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Chinese Firm Offers to Buy U.S. Battery Maker

One of China’s largest auto-parts makers, Wanxiang Group (WSJ), announced plans to acquire 80 percent of ailing battery maker A123 Systems for $450 million. The Massachusetts-based firm grew out of m…

A worker stands in front of battery packs ready to be placed into electric vehicles at China's largest electric vehicle battery recharging station in Beijing (David Gray/Reuters).

November 28, 2012

Economics
U.S.-Mexico Relations Going Forward

Yesterday was the first of presumably many meetings between Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto and recently re-elected President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. In a few days Vice President …