- CommentaryBy Heather A. Conley, Caroline RohloffAug 28, 2015
On August 31, President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit the Arctic north of the Arctic Circle. This historic visit coincides both with the start of the two-year U.S.
- CommentaryAug 27, 2015
On August 24, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey initiated the process for what he has been calling “repeat elections” after the inconclusive result of the June 7 parliamentary elections.
- CommentaryBy Claire ReadeAug 27, 2015
When Xi Jinping was China’s vice president visiting the United States in 2012, he declared that U.S.-China economic relations provide the ballast and the propeller for the entire bilateral relationship. President Xi is coming to visit the United States again in September. The ballast needs adjustment, and the propeller needs oil.
- CommentaryAug 24, 2015
The U.S. focus on whether the Congress can get 60 votes against the agreement, and then 67 votes to override a veto, presents the potential danger that the U.S. does not prepare properly for what happens if they can’t block the agreement and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) actually goes into force.
The Need for an Implementation Plan
- CommentaryAug 19, 2015
American partisan ideological extremism is in full swing and on a bipartisan basis. It has been a little over a month since the signing of the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran on July 14th, and a month since the vote of the UN Security Council to accept it.
- CommentaryBy Gerald HymanAug 12, 2015
No matter how the final negotiations come out around August 20, a number of very central conceptions and policies were critically wounded during the dramatic, months-long bailout confrontation between the Greek government and its major creditors (the troika of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank).
- CommentaryAug 11, 2015
The series of attacks across Turkey yesterday, including at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, highlights the growing threat of domestic terrorism since it launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on July 24.
- CommentaryAug 6, 2015
Every real Monty Python fan is familiar with the Ministry of Silly Walks. In fact, you can even buy the watch. The Department of Defense has evidently decided to create a somewhat similar Under Secretary for Silly Reports, and the lead example seems to be the quarterly report on the war in Afghanistan by the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations.
- CommentaryBy Carl MeachamAug 4, 2015
This weekend, Puerto Rican governor Alejandro García Padilla announced that the U.S. commonwealth would no longer be able to service its debt, despite numerous rounds of austerity measures.
- CommentaryAug 4, 2015
Much of the examination of the Iran nuclear agreement has focused on the funds that would be released once Iran complied with the terms of the agreement. Some estimates of such funding have gone as high as $150 billion—although U.S. experts put the total at $100 billion and note that some $50 billion of this money has already been obligated.