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January 20, 2022

Economics
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…

August 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
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.

January 17, 2014

Russia
Parker and Rutherford: Countering China’s Rise Through a U.S.-Russia Coalition

William J. Parker III, PhD, is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Alanna C. Rutherford, JD, is a partner at a New York law firm and a CFR Term Member. Let’s face it; the Unit…

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama are pictured on a video screen installed in the press centre of the G20 Summit in Strelna near St. Petersburg on September 5, 2013. (Grigory Dukor/Courtesy Reuters)

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

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October 17, 2013

China
William J. Parker III: Meng Xiangqing’s Chinese Dream Eludes Reality

William J. Parker III is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Meng Xiangqing got one thing right in his October 8 China Daily article entitled, “Chinese Dream includes strong PLA”:…

Chinese missile destroyers navigate during the fleet's review of the China-Russia joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea on April 26, 2012 (China Daily/Courtesy Reuters).

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 Stat…

Confirm Robert Ford

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum.

August 15, 2011

Syria
Should Robert Ford Be Confirmed?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a rump confirmation for Robert Ford on August 2, attended amazingly enough by only one senator. (The rest had gone home after the debt ceiling vote.) But e…

October 6, 2012

Iran
Robert Gates and Israel: There He Goes Again

This past week, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told an audience in Norfolk, Virginia that an American or Israeli strike on the Iranian nuclear sites would be "catastrophic" and that America…