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March 6, 2019

United States
Defending America From Foreign Election Interference

The United States needs to safeguard the democratic process against foreign interference. It should ensure both the technical integrity of the voting system and that voters are not subjected to forei…

Voters fill out their ballots at Loudon County High School in Leesburg, Virginia, on election day, November 6, 2018.

June 17, 2019

International Finance
Make the Foreign Exchange Report Great Again

The U.S. Department of the Treasury should transform its foreign currency report so it can be used as a tool to combat currency manipulation. This would be an important step toward a more balanced global economy with fewer persistent deficits and surpluses.

A man passes by a currency exchange shop in Hong Kong, on May 29, 2019.

August 9, 2012

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe: An Opportunity for Closer U.S.-South Africa Relations

As Zimbabwe moves closer to elections, the prospect for political violence, even civil war, grows. President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Prime Minist…

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September 26, 2018

Peacekeeping
Increasing Female Participation in Peacekeeping Operations

Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness and advance stability. The U.S. government should support a UN premium for police- and troop-contributing countries to increase the training and deployment of female peacekeepers.

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April 6, 2018

China
Exposing China’s Actions in the South China Sea

China is increasing its control over the South China Sea, and has used deceptive propaganda to conceal its destabilizing activities. The U.S. government should roll out information operations to expose China's behavior and hinder its ability to expand and consolidate power in the region.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands.

September 27, 2011

Yemen
Resetting U.S. Policy Toward Yemen

Introduction Yemen is slipping into an uncertain and dangerous future. In early June 2011, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for the past thirty-three years, narrowly escaped…

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June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
Creating a State Department Office for American State and Local Diplomacy

With the increase in subnational international activity, the United States should create an appropriately staffed office within the State Department to serve as a facilitator. This achievable bureaucratic reform would enable the U.S. government to appropriately facilitate activity already underway, enlist city and state leaders as allies in U.S. diplomacy, and prevent policy confusion.

Former San Antonio (Chennai Sister City) Mayor Julian Castro meets Chennai Corporation Mayor Saidai Duraiswami in Chennai, India, on January 25, 2013. (U.S. Consulate General, Chennai)

June 8, 2016

Security Alliances
Reforming the U.S. International Military Education and Training Program

The International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, which provides U.S. government funds to members of foreign militaries to take classes at U.S. military facilities, has the potential …

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January 14, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO)
A Reset of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body

The Trump administration has destroyed the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, much to the dismay of those needing the certainty of a rules-based trading system. Three reforms could get it bac…

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October 24, 2011

Syria
American Options in Syria

With each month, the level of violence in Syria rises. Bashar al-Assad's regime has killed just short of three thousand citizens, and with defections from the army growing, it appears the population …

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