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December 12, 2011

Thailand
U.S. Citizen Sent to Jail in Thailand for Insulting the King

Joe Gordon arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court December 8, 2011. The U.S. citizen was given 2-1/2 years in prison on Thursday for insulting the Thai monarchy, the latest in a series of draconian se…

Joe Gordon arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court December 8, 2011. The U.S. citizen was given 2-1/2 years in prison on Thursday for insulting the Thai monarchy, the latest in a series of draconian sentences handed down for lese-majeste and one that could cause friction with the United States.

January 18, 2012

Defense and Security
What to Worry About in 2012

I had the pleasure to preside at a CFR meeting today on “What to Worry about in 2012.” The panelists were David Gordon, head of research and director of global macro analysis at the Eurasia Group, Ma…

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January 27, 2012

Education
Apple, China, Labor Rights, and U.S. Workers

Reading the New York Times wrenching investigation into unsafe and inhumane working conditions in the Chinese factories that make Apple’s iPhones and iPads--and Apple’s indifference to the problem--m…

Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in the southern Guangdong province of China (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters).

February 21, 2012

International Organizations
¡Viva México! The G20’s New Political and Security Agenda

Meeting last weekend in Los Cabos, Mexico, for their first, “informal” gathering, G20 foreign ministers made a pivotal decision: to expand the G20 agenda to encompass pressing political and security …

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference at the end of the G20 foreign ministers summit in Los Cabos

March 9, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Politics of Iran War Fever

Above the Fold. President Obama used his speech to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee last Sunday and his White House press conference to take his critics to task f…

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March 29, 2012

United States
The Power of Witness: Imagery and Mass Atrocities

* coauthored with my research associate, Emma Welch Warning: This blog post contains graphic images. Last week, I was fortunate to attend a workshop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Power of…

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May 14, 2012

Is the Soaring Cost of College a Problem?

The New York Times ran a fascinating article yesterday on soaring student college debt. To make a long story short—and at 4,500+ words it was a long story—students are taking on a lot more debt to ge…

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August 29, 2012

Education
Globalization, Job Loss, and Stagnant Wages: The Evidence Is Changing

For decades, economists resisted the conclusion that trade – for all of its many benefits — has also played a significant role in job loss and the stagnation of middle-class incomes in the United Sta…

An employee works on the assembly line at GM's Toledo Transmission Plant in Ohio (John F. Martin/General Motors Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

September 20, 2012

Will MOOCs Revolutionize Higher Education?

The hot new buzzword in university circles these days is MOOCs—massive open online courses. They may be the future of higher education. Or maybe not. MOOCs are just what their full names imply: onli…

Students outside of Widener Library at Harvard University, one of several universities now offering massive open online courses. (Brian Snyder/ courtesy Reuters)

September 26, 2012

South Korea
South Korea’s Presidential Election Heats Up With Ahn Chul-soo’s Declaration to Run

Ahn Chul-soo, professor and founder of AhnLab, a computer security software company, formally announced his bid for the South Korean presidency. With Ahn’s entry, the Korean public is beginning to th…

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