- Critical QuestionsDec 17, 2014
Wednesday morning (December 17), USAID contractor Alan Gross boarded a Washington-bound plane upon his release from Cuban prison on humanitarian grounds.
This news was already groundbreaking—but what would unfold in the following hours was even more so.
- Critical QuestionsDec 11, 2014
On December 11, Bloomberg News reported that swaps traders are more certain than ever that Venezuela will default on its debt as falling oil prices add pressure to already-strained government finances and drive the country’s bond prices to a 16-year low.
- CommentaryNov 14, 2014
On November 12, the United States and China released a joint statement on climate change revealing for the first time both countries’ post-2020 emissions targets.
- Critical QuestionsNov 6, 2014
The U.S. midterm elections have passed, and, as was largely expected, Republicans now hold a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The elections, like the year that preceded them, were characterized by deep partisanship and a contentiousness that will be hard to leave behind going into the new year.
- Critical QuestionsOct 27, 2014
On Sunday, Brazilians reelected current president Dilma Rousseff to a second term, in elections marked by poll twists and unprecedentedly heated debates.
- Critical QuestionsOct 21, 2014
Last week, Venezuela was elected to a temporary seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) as the representative of Latin America and the Caribbean.
- CommentaryOct 10, 2014
On the surface, the easy and conventional explanation for the recent drop (20% since June) in oil prices - even in the face of heightened geopolitical risk/unrest in key oil producing regions - has focused mainly on the growth in supply (especially in the United States), lackluster global demand, and sizable global inventories. In combination, this trifecta has led market analysts to be both complacent (to date, this unrest has not impeded production volumes) and more recently, bearish. U.S. liquids production continues to grow; Russian exports, even in the face of sanctions remain high, and Iraq and Iran continue to export even as Libyan volumes go up and down.
- CommentaryBy Kevin RuddOct 9, 2014
An Address at the Launch of Zbigniew K. Brzezinski Institute
Convened by the Center for Strategic and International Studies
East Asia’s Strategic and Economic Future: Chinese Perspectives and American Responses
- CommentaryBy Marc FreyOct 8, 2014
According to a September 2014 Washington Post–ABC News poll, 90 percent of Americans view the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a serious threat to vital U.S. interests. Headlines discussing the possibility of an imminent attack on U.S. soil by homegrown ISIS fighters or those possessing “Western” passports have recently dominated the news cycle.
- ReportBy Carl Meacham, Hussein KaloutOct 1, 2014
On October 5, 2014, Brazilians head to the polls to elect their next president, choosing among Dilma Rousseff (the Workers’ Party incumbent), Marina Silva (Socialist Party), and Aécio Neves (Brazilian Social Democratic Party).