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June 14, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Will Washington Address Its Debt and Deficit Problem?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: The United States may come to rue its failure to get its fiscal house in order. 

The National Debt Clock

January 20, 2022

Robert E. Rubin: The Challenges and Future of Capitalism in the United States

There are many critical challenges for the U. S. economy that markets, by their nature, will not address. In this sense, the future of American capitalism thus depends on the future of American polit…

September 6, 2019

Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

May 31, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Does Donald Trump’s Conviction Doom His Chances to Become President Again?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Trump’s conviction on thirty-four felony counts takes the U.S. presidential election into uncharted…

Trump as viewed leaving the courthouse in a blue tie.

September 22, 2011

United States
Confirm Robert Ford

New U.S. ambassador Robert Ford (R) talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after presenting his credentials to Assad, in Damascus January 27, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/SANA). The United States Se…

Confirm Robert Ford

June 4, 2024

Digital Policy
Shaping the Future: Lessons from 20 Years of Digital Cooperation

Last week, world leaders met on WSIS' 20th anniversary. In keeping with WSIS commitments, leaders need to boost digital skills, use AI to advance the SDGs, and tackle tech's climate impact to create …

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan speaks at the inaugural session of the second U.N.'s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis on November 16, 2005