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July 27, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Birthday Wishes to the U.S. Department of State!

View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) If you happen to be passing by 2201 C Street, NW, in Washington, DC, today or stopping in at any of the more than…

View of the Department of State in Washington, DC.

July 19, 2017

The U.S. Justice Department and Kleptocracy in Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 presidential victory owed much to the perception among Nigerians that the preceding Jonathan administration and the governing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presided over a k…


October 4, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
The U.S. State Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons Report and Sub-Saharan Africa

Each year, the U.S. Department of State issues a report on human trafficking world-wide. The report includes a list of the countries of the world sorted into ‘tiers’ according to their compliance wit…


July 28, 2016

The New State Department Assault on Israel

This week the State Department engaged in a remarkable assault on Israel. Both in tone and in content, it marks a new hostility--and plenty of sheer ignorance. The comment was entitled "Recent Isr…

December 19, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Department of State Designates “Mr. Marlboro’s” Organization a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Mokhtar Belmokhtar–“Mr. Marlboro”—allegedly leads the al-Mulathamun Battalion. The U.S. Department of State designated the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) on Wednesday, December 18. …

Veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaks in this undated still image taken from a video released by Sahara Media on January 21, 2013.

April 21, 2013

United States
U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Report: 2012 Not as Rosy as It Seemed

Over the past three years, the Arab uprisings have created the idea that the climate, internationally, for democracy and human rights has been improving. As I write in my new book Democracy in Retrea…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a policy speech in Tokyo, Japan, on April 15, 2013.

January 8, 2019

Why Haven't U.S. Exports of Manufactures Kept Pace with China's Growth?

China is a big country, and, at least until recently, it was growing relatively fast. So it stands to reason that it should have been among the most rapidly growing markets for U.S. exports.  The …

Why Haven't U.S. Exports of Manufactures Kept Pace with China's Growth?

September 21, 2012

Fossil Fuels
What OPEC Can Teach the U.S. Department of Energy

Markets thrive when information is cheap, abundant, and reliable. This rule holds true for all sorts of markets, from housing to stocks to energy. More transparency in energy markets makes them bette…

November 9, 2018

Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting