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After Munich

After MunichThe gulf in trying to deal with global threats and international conflict is widening. ...
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United States: State Laws Threaten LGBT Equality

In response to the state’s “license to discriminate” bill, Steve Long displays a sticker welcoming LGBT customers to his restaurant in Jackson, MS, on October 2, 2017. ...

Localism in America: Opportunities closer to communities – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Commentators have observed over the past few years that the fabric of American civic institutions is fraying. Much has been said of our polarized political arena and declining confidence in American institutions. An underappreciated positive element amid the many markers of civic decline is Americans’ confidence in and optimism about their local communities. As concerns about an overreaching federal government have spread across the ideological spectrum, writers and analysts have beg...

What Sweden Should Say about China’s Detention of its National

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom delivered her annual foreign policy address this week, and immediately faced a storm of criticism for her failure to speak explicitly about China’s repeated arbitrary detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai. Wallstrom ...

Judy Asks: What Is the Most Pressing World Issue?

Judy Asks: What Is the Most Pressing World Issue?Diplomats, parliamentarians, and journalists at the 2018 Munich Security Conference highlight today’s most consequential global threats. ...

What Theresa May Wants from the EU

What Theresa May Wants from the EUOnce it leaves the EU, Britain wants a say on European foreign, security, and defense policy. ...

Judy Asks: Is the West Selling Itself Short?

Judy Asks: Is the West Selling Itself Short?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. ...

Hungary: Bills Seek to Block Migrant Support

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Duterte’s Condom Criticism Imperils Philippine HIV Fight

201802Asia_Duterte_Condoms Expand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in ...

Cyber Week in Review: February 16, 2018

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have mis ...

Recognizing the Limitations of American Influence in Iran

Feb 14, 2018Iran US America Flag It is time for a reality check: despite claims to the contrary by Iran’s supreme leader, the United States is not the central actor in the drama that recently unfolded in Iran, nor was it the central actor in Egypt back in 201...

Populism May Have a Banner Year in 2018—and 2019 Too

By the middle of 2017, following Emmanuel Macron’s dominant victory in France’s elections, the re ...

Dutch Postcode Lottery Increases Grant

Dutch Postcode Lottery’s Ambassador Quinty Trustfull with Human Rights Watch’s Executive Director Kenneth Roth Expand ...

Stepping Up to the China Challenge

On February 15, I testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the emerging strategic c ...

After Budget Deal, Policymakers Should Boost 2018 Funding for the 2020 Census

With President Trump and Congress boosting overall non-defense discretionary funding for 2018 and 2019, they now must use some of these funds for the fast-approaching 2020 census. The President’s latest request for 2018 funding for the census moves in the right direction but remains below what outside experts believe is needed to ensure an accurate census count, and it omits funds for contingencies that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has recommended. The President’s ...

Russians Charged with Meddling in 2016 US Election

Russians Charged with Meddling in 2016 US Election Atlantic Council analysts weigh in on indictment of Russians in connection with alleged meddling in 2016 US elections. ...

China State TV Celebrates New Year – with Racism

Screenshot of a segment from the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala. Expand ...

Waiting in Munich for European Defense

Waiting in Munich for European DefenseFrance and Germany have completely different views about how to get European defense off the ground. ...

Turkey: Convicted for Critical Ideas

Writers and journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, and Nazli Ilicak Expand ...

Welfare to Work Project in Trump Budget Would Unravel Major Federal Programs

The “Welfare to Work Projects” proposal in President Trump’s budget would facilitate the unraveling of major federal programs that help low- and moderate-income people meet basic needs. It appears to let states and localities undertake a large-scale redesign of an unnamed number of basic assistance programs, with apparently few protections for individuals who need the assistance these programs provide to make ends meet. ...