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November 3, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The American flag flies over the New York Stock Exchange U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

President Trump has vowed to pass corporate tax reform in 2017, but Congress must still navigate complex negotiations over how to reduce rates and subsidies, as well as whether to tax profits made ab…

October 6, 2017

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

As President Trump readies his first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major shortfall…

February 1, 2013

Education
A preschooler on his first day of school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Bazuki Muhammad/Courtesy Reuters). Education: Do International Test Scores Matter?

We’ve all seen the headlines: American students are far from stellar performers on international tests. Whether it’s the OECD’s oft-cited gold-standard PISA test on math and reading, the TIMSS test o…

August 9, 2017

Foreign Aid
Shadow on USAID boxes Why Cutting Foreign Aid Benefits Terrorists

President Trump's proposal to cut USAID funding will not help the United States fight terrorism. 

August 2, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islamic State Despite Progress, Combating Terrorist Exploitation of Cyberspace Faces Mounting Problems

This week, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd meets with Silicon Valley to discuss efforts to combat the Islamic State online. She faces an uphill battle.

November 21, 2013

Iran
Friedman: There He Goes Again

Here’s an interesting quote: Never have I seen Israel and America’s core Arab allies working more in concert to stymie a major foreign policy initiative of a sitting U.S. president, and never have I…

December 11, 2015

Trade
kid chess_1 The New Education Bill May Not Improve Student Outcomes

Congress is on a roll. First a budget deal, then a multi-year highway bill, and now a K-12 education bill, whose most previous authorization had dated from 2002—the infamous No Child Left Behind Act …

December 3, 2015

Infrastructure
CFR RoadToNowhere 20151202 Finally a Highway Bill, But Big Financing Problems Remain

For the first time in a decade, Congress has cobbled together a highway bill that guarantees transportation infrastructure funding for several years. House and Senate negotiators announced a deal thi…

December 14, 2011

United States
Mr. Friedman’s Diatribe Against Israel

Occasionally critics of the government of Israel and of its American supporters put aside polite talk and bare their souls, and that can be an edifying if deeply unattractive moment. Such a moment ar…