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Category: Policy

Ten Cold War Memoirs Worth Reading

Yesterday, I posted a list of great histories of the Cold War. Those books provide an excellent analysis of the U.S.-Soviet superpower rivalry. Their great strength is their detachment—they are academic efforts to make...

Ten Fun and Fascinating Facts About Xi Jinping

A friend recently dropped off a hot-off-the-press copy of Xi Jinping: The Goverance of China. It is a compilation of speeches, main points of speeches, pictures, interviews, and a biographical sketch of Chinese President...

A New Do-Nothing Congress

If Republicans take the Senate, will it lead to productive compromise or just more obstruction? In a new column for Bloomberg View, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter Orszag discusses the range of scenarios that...

Obama, Asia, and Democracy

It’s nice, in a way, to see issues one has worked on appear in major, globally important publications. This past week, just before President Obama’s trip to Asia, the Banyan column in The Economist,...

October Monthly: Breaking the Sanctions Code

At last week’s World Bank and IMF meetings, I heard sharply divided views about the future path of sanctions and what lessons should be drawn from their use against Russia. Have they been successful,...

The Total Cost of Climate Policy Isn’t What Matters Most

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is out with its synthesis report and the coverage, beyond warning of the consequences from unfettered emissions, has emphasized that tackling the problem would shave only 0.06...

Maybe Better News on Ebola?

The New York Times and other media are reporting a drop in Ebola infection rates and empty beds in the emergency field hospitals set up by the U.S. military in Monrovia. While there is...

Tensions and Stalemate in Israel

Interviewee: Robert M. Danin, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor November 5, 2014 An unusually public rift between Israel and the United States, ongoing...

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Attacks a French Facility

Boko Haram has launched expanded operations in Gombe state, with numerous killings and burnings. Several media outlets report that among Boko Haram’s targets was a Lafarge cement facility in the town of Ashaka. Lafarge...

Social Mobility in Mexico

Earlier this month, the Espinosa Yglesias Research Centre (CEEY) launched the English version of its most recent report on social mobility in Mexico. Creating a measure that combines 2011 household assets and occupational status,...

Are Americans Overreacting to the Ebola Virus?

Compared with the havoc wreaked by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the virus thus far has only led to three confirmed cases in the United States. The fear and anxiety however has spread...

Net Politics Book Review: @War

Three days before he was to leave office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address warning of the rise of the military-industry complex. Eisenhower described the “conjunction” of a large military establishment and...

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