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August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

Loren Elliott/Reuters

April 17, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender Pay Gap Widens

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering April 7 to April 13, was compiled with su…

An employee at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd counts money at one of the bank's branches in Pudong district, September 24, 2014.

January 9, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Green Giants? Sectoral Obstacles and Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in China and India

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

A coal-fired power plant is pictured near a construction site in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

September 27, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico After Maria: Initial Thoughts on the Fiscal and Economic Implications

Puerto Rico faced immense challenges even before the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Its economy is 15 percent smaller now than it was ten years ago, and the latest high frequency indicators from t…

Puerto Rican and U.S. Flags

September 13, 2017

United States
Harvey Lessons for U.S. Export Role: Public-Private Stockpiles

Inventories play a crucial role in oil and gas commodity markets by smoothing out short term dislocations and sudden changes in demand. The historically high inventory levels lingering from the after…

Flood Waters at Motiva Port Arthur facility

February 17, 2017

China
Media Censorship in China

China’s central government has cracked down on press freedom as the country expands its international influence, but in the internet age, many of its citizens hunger for a free flow of information.

Stacks of newspapers on display at a newsstand in Beijing, January 10, 2013.

January 6, 2017

China
Chinese Ivory, Google in India, Philippine Jailbreak, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Lorand Laskai, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. The world reacts to China’s ivory ban. Following a resolution at the Conve…

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October 15, 2015

Pakistan
Critiquing U.S. Aid in Pakistan: A Second Take

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is from Nadia Naviwala (@NadiaNavi), an…

Peshawar Photo Edited

September 15, 2015

Americas
Latin America’s Middle Class

The first decade of the 21st century was a good one for Latin America. A recent Pew Research Center report estimates that some 63 million individuals entered the middle class, measured as earning bet…

Latin Americas Middle Class - LAM

February 11, 2015

China
Will China Bail Out Russia?

Russia’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen by nearly 1/3 since October 2013; they’ve fallen 20% just since September 2014.  Whereas the country still has over $300 billion in reserves, about $…

Will China Bail Out Russia?