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Category: Policy

African Immigrants to the United States

I have written before about New York’s City’s African-born population. Here, I want to call attention to the current wave of African immigration to the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on...

Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten favorite English-language...

Rhino Passing

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. On October 17, Suni, a northern white rhino, was found dead in his enclosure at...

Egypt’s Economy: Bringing The State Back In

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew visited Cairo on Monday and no one seemed to notice or care. That’s probably because of the awful terrorist attack that took the lives of at least 33...

This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISIS’s assault on the...

Growth in the New Climate Economy

Action to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change has long been viewed as fundamentally opposed to economic growth. Indeed, the fragility of the global economic recovery is often cited as a justification to...

A Western Historian of Africa

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his...

European Banks: Balance Sheet Clarity But A Cloudy Future

The European banking assessment results, released yesterday, were generally well received by markets. The test looked like earlier U.S. and Spanish stress tests in terms of structure, the results were in line with market...

North America by the Numbers

How much do Canada and Mexico matter for the United States? Here are a few snapshots illustrating the importance of our combined global heft and influence. North American countries are joined by 7,500 miles...

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