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June 1, 2012

International Organizations
The Human Rights Council: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Since the creation of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2006, U.S. critics have repeatedly tarred the HRC as a feckless haven for human rights abusers and a platform for egregious attacks of Israel. …

US Ambassador Donahoe listens to a speech during the Human Rights Council special session on the situation in Syria in Geneva

October 3, 2014

International Organizations
Gaining Ground at the UN Human Rights Council

Below is a guest post by Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) wrapped up …

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 3, 2014.

November 15, 2008

Monetary Policy
The Fed has been forced to seek risk while other central banks seek safety

A global slowdown -- likely a severe global slowdown -- is now underway. Last week’s data erased any real doubt. US retail sales are down. US real goods exports fell in September, and the Octob…

The Fed has been forced to seek risk while other central banks seek safety

November 13, 2012

International Organizations
November Surprise: The United States Wins Second Term on UN Human Rights Council

In the wake of the U.S. reelection to the UN Human Rights Council, Ryan Kaminski, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow, offers his an…

US Ambassador Donahoe listens to a speech during the Human Rights Council special session on the situation in Syria in Geneva

December 17, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The New START End Game

Above the Fold. It’s fish or cut bait time on the New START Treaty.  All signs point to a vote by next Wednesday.  Based on the strong vote this week to start the debate, supporters are optimistic…

Friday File: The New START End Game

May 8, 2015

Economics
Measuring Opportunities for Digital Payments: The Global Findex 2014

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Leora Klapper, lead economist …

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May 5, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

It looks like U.S. President Donald J. Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no s…

Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

August 5, 2011

Justice in Cairo?

The trial of Hosni Mubarak began this week. Throughout the world the indelible image of the former president in a cage was printed on page one of a thousand newspapers. Mubarak was a dictator, and v…

September 14, 2011

United States
TWE Remembers: The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner

  Most singers struggle to perform it. It is hard to imagine a major league baseball game starting without it. The sound of a marching band playing it stirs the heart. I am speaking, of course, of…

Star Spangled Banner

September 5, 2012

Iran
The United States and Iran: Misaligned

I generally don’t write about Iran, and on the rare occasion that I do, I try my best to channel Ray Takeyh, Karim Sadjadpour, and Suzanne Maloney.  I’ll never come close to understanding Iran the wa…

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