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Our Fed Dual-Mandate Tracker Affirms Taper Timing

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard continues to burnish his reputation as the FOMC’s least predictable member, reversing course on policy for the second time in 3 months—going from dove to hawk and now...

Kissinger on Cyberspace

In 1954, U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles delivered a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) threatening massive nuclear retaliation as the basis of American foreign policy. Many experts feared that...

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...

The Challenge of ISIS is Not Only Military

The military challenge posed by ISIS (or the “Islamic State”) is grave, as we have seen in both Syria and Iraq. It has destroyed the border between those two states and roams over both...

Malaysia’s Growing Climate of Repression Gets Ignored

Amidst the gushing over the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the first outsider, non-elite president in Indonesia’s democratic era, there is a significant void of international interest in neighboring Malaysia, where the...

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...

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...

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...

Does China Have a Rare Earth Weapon?

It’s been four years since China cut sales of rare earth elements (REEs) to Japan during a naval standoff between the two powers. Panic spread to markets and governments as people tried to figure...

Central African Republic: Forgotten Crisis

This is a guest post by Thomas Zuber, intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University. The...

The Future of Human Dignity—and Human Rights

For decades the global debate over human rights has been a dialogue of the deaf. This interminable argument pits advocates of civil and political rights against proponents of economic and social rights. The former...

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