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October 31, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Sovereignty Wars

Protecting sovereignty while advancing American interests in a global age

June 15, 2017

Zimbabwe
The Day After in Zimbabwe

A 2015 CFR Contingency Planning Memorandum (CPM), “Political Instability in Zimbabwe,” highlighted the potential for violence in connection with leadership succession. The remarkable longevity of Rob…

October 17, 2017

Kurds
Reuters Can the United States Broker Peace Between Iraq and the Kurds?

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.

October 17, 2017

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A heroin user reads an alert on fentanyl in New York City. The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

October 15, 2017

Iran
Mrs. Clinton and the Trump Nuclear Decision

Hillary Clinton is now complaining that President Trump has broken America’s word with his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA. For reasons I will explain below, this is a subject on whic…

October 14, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement Nuclear Agreement
John Kerry's Attack on the Iran Nuclear Decision

Former President Obama and former Vice President Biden have been among the many Democrats who have long complimented former President George W. Bush for his demeanor and conduct after leaving office…

October 13, 2017

United States
navy birthday Happy 242nd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 242 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

October 11, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017. Trump, the World Bank, and the IMF: Explaining the Dog that Didn’t Bark (Yet)

A big surprise of Donald Trump’s “America First” presidency has been the moderate tone he has adopted toward the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which hold their annual meetings in …

October 10, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Ethnic Yazidis flee the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq. How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have sparked debate over the national security implications of its refugee pr…

October 4, 2017

Trade
Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States. NAFTA’s Economic Impact

More than twenty years after its implementation, the North American Free Trade Agreement continues to spur debate over its impact on economic growth and jobs.