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In global popularity contest, U.S. and China – not Russia – vie for first

China is particularly well-liked in Latin America and the Middle East, while the U.S. fares better in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. ...
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A Cyber Norms Hypothetical: What If the USS John S. McCain Was Hacked?

The collision between the USS John S. ...

How the EU Needs to Manage Relations With Its Eastern Neighborhood

How the EU Needs to Manage Relations With Its Eastern NeighborhoodThe EU must engage prudently with its Eastern European neighbors to encourage progress toward rules-based democratic governance while supporting their sovereignty in their dealings with Russia. ...

SNAP Caseloads, and Costs, Still Falling

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamp) participants continued falling in May, to 41.5 million — down 6.1 million since May 2013 (see graph) and 6.3 million or 13 percent since peaking in December 2012. For nearly four years, SNAP participation each month has been lower than in the same month the previous year. Falling caseloads are helping to shrink SNAP spending as well. ...

North Korean Legalism: Korean Jurists Committee Statement on Sanctions

One curious feature of North Korean diplomacy is a kind of hyper-legalism. A gross violator of a number of its international obligations, North Korea frequently issues arcane legal defenses of its derogations or raises abstruse legal objections to measures taken against it. Last week, the North… ...

Education savings accounts: Jeb Bush on the future of educational choice – Let customers benchmark broadband

In 2011, Arizona became the first state to enact an education savings account (ESA) program, a new form of educational choice that provides public funds to parents so they can decide how and where to educate their child. Five other states have enacted ESA programs s...

Let customers benchmark broadband – Let customers benchmark broadband

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently asked how should it “define ‘advanced telecommunications capability,” i.e. broadband. This is a curious question because it presumes that the FCC should define broadband. Don’t customers define broadband every day? Why not simply watch what they do? ...

The dollar is in trouble – Let customers benchmark broadband

President Donald Trump seems to favor measuring his economic performance by the way in which the U.S. stock market is doing. However, a more revealing and less rosy measure of his economic performance might be coming from the currency markets. Following an initial bump up in the dollar’s value at the end of last year, on the prospect of a Trump presidency, the dollar has lost as much as 10 percent of its value since January 2017, Trump’s inauguration. This sharp dollar decl...

Tuesday afternoon links – Let customers benchmark broadband

1. Chart of the Day (above) shows monthly consumer spending on “energy goods and services” as a share of total consumer expenditures back to January 1959. In 18 of the last 19 months starting in December 201...

Education reform: Lessons from a career in school choice | VIEWPOINT – Let customers benchmark broadband

Howard Fuller has spent a life time advocating for school choice, and was instrumental in the success of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. He talks with AEI’s Rick Hess about the challenges of his work and the insights he’s gained in his career. ...

Discussing skills-based immigration reform: Conard on CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’ – Let customers benchmark broadband

Visiting Fellow Edward Conard discusses skills-based immigration reform. ...

RIP Visegrád? – Let customers benchmark broadband

It is telling that French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on his trip to Salzburg, Austria on Wednesday — but not with their Polish and Hungarian counterparts. Although Polish and Hungarian leaders oftentimes like to speak on behalf of the entire Central European bloc, the ‘Visegrád’ group has long lacked a clear and unified voice. It is unlikely to regain it anytime soon. ...

Discussing tax reform: Pethokoukis on CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’ – Let customers benchmark broadband

DeWitt Wallace Fellow James Pethokoukis discusses Trump’s tax reform plan. ...

There’s too much at stake in Afghanistan for Trump to fail – Let customers benchmark broadband

After nearly 16 years, it’s become an unfortunate rite of passage for United States presidents: Address the nation to outline the way forward for the war in Afghanistan. Each president has left his mark. President G...

Trump outlines the foundation of a changed approach in Afghanistan – Let customers benchmark broadband

President Trump’s decision to recommit to Afghanistan was right and important. He explained the stakes of the fight accurately: to prevent al Qaeda and ISIS from regaining the base from which al Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks and from which both would plan and conduct major attacks against the US and its allies in the future. He also described the minimum required outcome: an Afghan state able to secure its own territory with very limited support from the US and other partners. This outcom...

The paradox of presidential responses to race and violence: Part I – Let customers benchmark broadband

As I stated in my August 19 article, my condolences go out to family and friends of Heather Heyer, and Virginia State Patrol troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates, who were killed on Saturday, August 12 in what march organizers called “Unite the Right” and march proteste...

Judy Asks: Can Macron Deliver?

Judy Asks: Can Macron Deliver?A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world. ...

A Lost Decade in Higher Education Funding State Cuts Have Driven Up Tuition and Reduced Quality

A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historic levels, despite recent increases.state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historic levels, despite recent increases. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the 2017 school year (that is, the school year ending in 2017) was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation....

Thailand: Don’t Weaken Rights Commission

Members of Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission. Expand Members of T...

Trump’s Afghanistan Speech Ignores Civilian Harm

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. ...