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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.

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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).

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).

July 26, 2012

Education
PBS's "Homeland": A Must-Watch on Immigration Policy

In a presidential election year, it’s almost impossible to find any balanced and nuanced analysis on an issue as volatile as immigration. So it’s tremendously refreshing to watch the new, three-hour …

Children line up to perform in a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Beardstown, Illinois (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

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).

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…

August 14, 2012

Infrastructure
Guest Post: Can the Feds Help Atlanta Rethink Its Failed Infrastructure Initiative?

The following is a guest post by Scott Thomasson, the president of NewBuild Strategies LLC, an energy and infrastructure consulting firm in Washington, DC. When voters in Atlanta went to the polls a…

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January 27, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Heavy Industry Predicts U.S. Growth

Major North American industrial firms Caterpillar and Eaton (FT) have strong expectations for market growth in the United States despite recent warnings from the IMF of a global economic slowdown. Ca…

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…