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August 10, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Interview with Major Isaiah Wilson III on Pentagon reform

The Defense Department has developed war plans to thwart terrorist attacks within the United States, raising the possibility that ground troops may be dispatched on U.S. soil in the event of an emerg…

May 3, 2012

Economic Crises
The Eurozone’s Austerity-Growth Debate

New questions over the wisdom of unfettered budget cuts are shifting the emphasis of eurozone crisis responses from austerity to growth, says economist Thomas Philippon.

June 13, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s Statehood Debate

The recent vote may not advance Puerto Rican statehood, but it may focus attention on its heavy debts and exposure to upcoming U.S. health-care and budget measures.

Puerto Rico anti-austerity protestors

November 26, 2003

Iraq
Iraq Expert: Don’t Expect New Political Plan for Iraq to Unfold Smoothly

Thomas Carothers, director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says the plan to turn over sovereignty to Iraqis on an accelerated basis is wise…

July 12, 2016

Philippines
Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

A UN tribunal’s ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China’s efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.

February 2, 2011

Political Movements
Egypt a ’Textbook’ Foreign Policy Dilemma

Former secretary of state James A. Baker says the crucial U.S. alliance with a politically stunted Egyptian regime poses major difficulties for the Obama administration as it tries to balance U.S. va…

June 17, 2014

Iraq
Can Iraq Survive the ISIS Storm?

It’s doubtful that radical Sunni militants will be able to overrun Baghdad and southern Iraq, but the crisis is likely to further splinter governing authority in the country, says expert F. Gregory G…

April 1, 2014

Saudi Arabia
Split Persists Between Washington and Riyadh

Despite last week’s fence-mending meeting between President Obama and King Abdullah, serious differences over policy regarding Iran, Syria, and Egypt remain between the United States and Saudi Arabia…

October 10, 2013

Saudi Arabia
Has Saudi Arabia Soured on Washington?

Saudi Arabia has few options but to stomach the rapprochement between the United States and Iran, its regional rival, says expert F. Gregory Gause.

July 30, 2015

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Will Iran Nuclear Inspections Work?

The UN’s nuclear agency has the tools to provide robust monitoring and verification to ensure Iran is moving to restrict its nuclear program but still faces stiff challenges, says expert Thomas Shea…