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March 7, 2003

Iraq
Peters Says Some 100,000 Troops May Be Needed for Occupation Duty in Iraq

Michael P. Peters, executive vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that, if the United States invades Iraq without the backing of major allies or the Security Council, “it co…

May 7, 2009

Climate Change
The United States and the Future of Global Governance: Tackling Climate Change

What will be the most effective forums for international cooperation in regulating the global commons, and what leadership role should the United States play on these issues? What are the prospects f…

December 5, 2008

Monetary Policy
Reserves are meant to be used in bad times

Tracy Alloway of the Financial Times’ Alphaville blog -- echoing Robert Sinche of the Bank of America -- thinks that spending reserves to defend your own currency and support your own banks is a form…

November 11, 2011

Climate Change
Can the Keystone XL Coalition Stop Climate Change?

Bryan Walsh, writing at TIME, is right: Bill McKibben and the Keystone XL protestors have pulled off something pretty impressive. I’m not talking about the merits of the indefinite delay to the pipel…

June 8, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Solar and Oil are Two Different Things

Bill McKibben has an op-ed on the oil spill and climate politics in the LA Times. It’s got a mix of good stuff and crazy stuff in it. But one line in particular irritated me: “Had [Obama] chosen to,…

February 21, 2012

Defense and Security
Ask the Experts: What Would Iran Do With a Bomb?

In 1995, Kenneth Waltz and Scott Sagan coauthored the book, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate, which sought to address the question: what are the likely consequences of the spread of nuclear we…

Bushehr nuclear reactor 2

December 20, 2012

Fossil Fuels
The Five Most Influential Energy and Climate Studies of 2012

Ideas matter. Or at least Council on Foreign Relations fellows like to believe that: otherwise, we’d be wasting a lot of our time. With that in mind, I canvassed some of the smartest observers of the…

December 1, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Nuclear Smuggling, and Gun Violence

Craig Whitlock, “Drone Crashes Mount at Civilian Airports,” Washington Post, November 30, 2012. In Djibouti, five Predators have crashed since the Air Force began ramping up drone operations there t…

Border

February 23, 2010

Climate Change
Alternative Views on Climate Change

Debating global warming policy has moved to the top of agendas worldwide, but some skeptics still question whether action is necessary or possible.