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December 10, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: What Would a Smart Immigration Policy Look Like?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer stands by migrants at a processing facility in Donna, Texas. Veronica G. Cardenas/Reuters

November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…

November 16, 2017

Cybersecurity
Grading the New Vulnerabilities Equities Policy: Pass

The new vulnerabilities equities process gets a passing grade but there is still room for improvement. 

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January 17, 2017

International Organizations
Global Agenda: The Roots of Trump’s Trade Rage

This blog post is part of a series entitled Global Agenda, in which experts will identify major global challenges facing President-Elect Trump, the options available to him, and what is at stake for …

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January 9, 2017

Human Rights
Trump Should Support the International Criminal Court

With the presidential transition underway, observers have noted with concern President-elect Trump’s hostility toward international institutions. As CFR Senior Fellow Stewart Patrick notes, “[T]here …

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January 17, 2014

United States
Vacant: The Post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

When the Obama administration began, the post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom was vacant. This post, at the State Department, was established by the International Religious…

May 16, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: New Education Advocacy Groups Shape Debate

Since the 1960s, teacher unions have been the primary lobbyists on education policy, but new advocacy groups are emerging (Education Week). These single-issue groups are gaining traction on Capitol H…

Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst and former chancellor of DC public schools, speaks at the "Educated Workforce" session of an economic forum in 2009. (Hyungwon Kang/Courtesy Reuters)

April 17, 2012

Education
Visas and Travel: One Step Forward, Two to Go

Large, bureaucracies are notoriously difficult to move, but when they do it can sometimes happen with extraordinary speed. Consider what has happened on U.S. visa processing over the past six months …

President Obama speaking in front of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom on January 19, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

February 10, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: U.S. Pressured to Adopt Int'l Accounting Standards

The United States faces renewed calls from other G20 countries to adopt international accounting standards (Reuters), with the intention of providing uniformity and improved transparency for both glo…

January 26, 2012

Education
Innovation In Government: A Safer and Speedier Visa System

The Council on Foreign Relations has published today the first Policy Innovation Memorandum (PIM) coming out of the Renewing America initiative, "Faster, Safer, and Smarter: A Modern Visa System for …

An officer validates a visa on a student's passport (Charles Platiau/Courtesy Reuters).