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Trump’s Opportunity in Pakistan

Posted on Friday March 6

By Shuja Nawaz An open letter to US President Donald J. Trump (July 20, 2019) Dear President Trump, As you prepare to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 22, you have a grand opportunity to reset this fractious misalliance so that it no longer remains an unhappy marriage between unequal partners. You can […]

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Articles/Congressional Testimony on Space Issues

Posted on Tuesday February 4

Recent articles and  Congressional Testimony on Space by Frank A. Rose India’s anti-satellite test presents a window of opportunity for the Trump administration – Brookings:  Order from Chaos India’s anti-satellite test presents a window of opportunity for the Trump administration.  Will it take advantage? (May 10, 2019) America in Space:  Future Visions, Current Issues:  Testimony […]

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Testimony of Dr. Deborah Bronk on February 7, 2019, before the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

Posted on Sunday January 5

By Dr. Deborah Bronk, President and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory. There is an abundance of scientific literature documenting changes to our climate and oceans and I will not do it justice here. In the time and space allowed I have tried to provide a brief tutorial of the basics that I would want all of […]

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Coastal Maine Climate Futures

Posted on Thursday December 5

By Sean Birkel and Paul Mayewski Climate and weather exert a critical influence on the health of Maine’s people, ecosystems and economy. Across coastal communities, where fishing, forestry, tourism, and agriculture serve as the economic backbone, the changing climate poses near and long-term challenges. These challenges include warming ocean temperatures, a longer growing season and […]

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Winning the Peace in Iraq — Don’t Give Up on Baghdad’s Fragile Democracy

Posted on Tuesday October 29

By Linda Robinson For Americans who came of age near the turn of the current century, the war in Iraq was a generation-defining experience. When the United States invaded the country in 2003, toppling the government of Saddam Hussein in a matter of weeks, many saw the war as a necessary or even noble endeavor […]

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When Fighting Fake News Aids Censorship

Posted on Friday October 4

By Courtney C. Radsch Laws meant to curb “fake news” may be well intentioned, but their implementation has been sloppy, with few mechanisms to ensure accountability, transparency, or reversibility. Governments are outsourcing censorship to the private sector, where maximizing shareholder value, not upholding journalistic freedom, drives decision-making. To read the entire article, click here.

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Articles on Guatemalan Migration

Posted on Tuesday September 10

Recommended by David Stoll Guatemala is now the largest source of illegal immigrants headed to the U.S., with the emigration epicenter in Joyabaj, population 100,000 and falling … To read articles on Guatemalan Migration and its impact on both the United States and Guatemala click here:  Guatemalan Migration Articles

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Trump Wants New Nukes. We Can’t Let Him Have Them.

Posted on Tuesday September 10

By Andrew C. Weber The nuclear weapons posture of the United States of America can make the world safe, or lead us to Armageddon. It generally does not get the attention it deserves, as public concern about nuclear weapons issues declined after the Cold War ended. President Donald Trump is about to issue a radical […]

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The Trade Guys

Posted on Friday August 16

Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller Trade experts Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. […]

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U.S.-China Trade: If We Get to Yes, Will It Make Any Difference?

Posted on Monday July 29

By William Alan Reinsch The rapid rise of China to the status of economic powerhouse has roiled marketplaces all over the world and caused serious disruptions in the global trading system. Part of this was inevitable—in economics, as in many things, size matters, and China is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla. Once it emerged from its […]

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A Glimmer of Light in Venezuela’s Gloom

Posted on Wednesday July 24

Report of the International Crisis Group Principal Findings: What’s new? After a failed opposition uprising to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in April, a discreet diplomatic effort by Norway now offers the best prospect for finding a peaceful negotiated settlement to the country’s political crisis and averting more violence and instability. Why does it matter? […]

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What a Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Look Like: Getting In Would Be the Easy Part

Posted on Saturday July 20

By Frank O. Mora The United States has a clear objective in Venezuela: regime change and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law. Yet sanctions, international diplomatic isolation, and internal pressure have failed to deliver a breakthrough. Minds are turning to military intervention. U.S. President Donald Trump has said that “all options are […]

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Transatlantic Populism

Posted on Wednesday June 19

by John Shattuck The US and the European Union (EU) are confronted to-day by a surge of populist nationalism that presents multiple challenges to transatlantic democracy.   Populism is a form of grassroots rebellion against governing elites with a long history and complex relationship to democracy, as illustrated by two historical examples, the rebellions in colonial […]

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What We Know About Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons

Posted on Tuesday May 14

By Anne Barnard Nearly 128,000 people are missing inside a sprawling system of secret prisons run by the Syrian government. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have passed through it since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, as the authorities used torture — and the fear of it — to crack down on […]

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Why the U.S. Should Stay Out of Saudi Politics – Let the Royal Family Do Its Job

Posted on Wednesday April 24

By F. Gregory Gause III In the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, I wrote that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had consolidated his position within the ruling family to such a degree that he was free of the constraints imposed by the collective leadership model that characterized the Saudi regime in the past. That freedom […]

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