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December 19, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Remembering Richard Holbrooke and His Contributions to the Congo

Twenty years ago, I was catching my breath after a whirlwind trip through central and southern Africa. I had been traveling with my boss, Senator Russ Feingold, whose expertise on African affairs eve…

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke speaks at the UN Security Council after members voted to authorize a 5,500-member force to monitor the ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on February 24, 2000

February 22, 2017

Alan Gross, Year Six

Today Alan Gross will begin his sixth year in a Cuban prison. His "crime" was to deliver to the minuscule Cuban Jewish community some communications equipment supplied by the United States. The Cuba…

February 22, 2017

Cuba
What Did President Obama Trade for Alan Gross?

There is wonderful news this morning: that Alan Gross is finally free, out of a Cuban prison and back on American soil. For his family, this is the answer to prayers and the right outcome to a long s…

February 22, 2017

Cuba
Alan Gross, Vilma Castro, and America’s Cuba Policy

Alan Gross is a former USAID contractor who has been in a Cuban jail since December 3, 2009.  The most recent reports are that he has lost 105 pounds while in prison, and may well be suffering from u…

December 4, 2017

Influence Campaigns and Disinformation
Live Today: A Conversation with Richard Burr

Today, the Council on Foreign Relations is hosting a conversation with Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Senator Burr will discuss Russia's cyber capabili…

Richard Burr

September 14, 2021

United States
More Resources Worth Exploring About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 this past Saturday, we share resources that readers flagged for us or that we otherwise missed about that day and its consequences

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February 22, 2017

Cuba
Alan Gross Begins His Fourth Year in a Cuban Prison

Alan Gross begins his fourth year in a Cuban prison tomorrow, having been jailed on December 3, 2009.  The State Department issued a good statement:   Tomorrow Alan Gross will begin his fourth ye…

October 2, 2006

United States
Daniel Gross is right …

The increase in the interest bill of the US government is an underreported story.   The CBO reports that FY 2006 interest payments will be about $40b more than FY 2005 payments.  And that trend is se…

October 27, 2005

United States
Some thoughts on the Bill Gross blog

Fitzgerald now has an office above the TREASURY Starbucks?!? UPDATE: Guess not.  Fitzgerald is still across the street from the Treasury Starbucks.And Bill Gross is hip.  He is a BLOGGER. He does not…

April 4, 2006

United States
Bill Gross, no longer the bond king …

Bill Gross of PIMCO certainly seems to think foreign central banks matter - despite the arguments from some in the Fed (and the Treasury).Foreign central banks made famous and in fact prosperous by t…