- CommentaryBy Michelle MeltonApr 6, 2016
After a contentious, years-long debate about the role utilities should play in owning electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is set to approve proposals from all of its investor-owned utilities to invest ratepayer money in EV charging infrastructure.
- CommentaryApr 5, 2016
The Iraqi Kurds have been the most effective fighters against ISIS and are moving into position to support the Iraqi Army’s unfolding assault on Mosul. How can the United States help the Kurds and sustain the assault on Mosul without inadvertently laying the groundwork for an Iraqi civil war or a Turkish invasion?
- CommentaryBy Daniel F. Runde, Charles F. RiceApr 4, 2016
Every three years the World Bank Group requests a fresh infusion of capital from its shareholders to replenish its International Development Association (IDA) account. IDA is one of the largest providers of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, and through its grants, concessional loans, and debt relief programs provides critical support for a range of development interventions in countries with a per capita gross national income (GNI) below $1,215. The latest round of replenishment (IDA 18) began with meetings in Paris this March and represents a vital moment of reflection and accountability for the World Bank.
- CommentaryApr 4, 2016
Grand strategy seems to be a forgotten concept in the wars in Iraq and Syria — and in the conflicts in Libya and Yemen as well. The tactical military focus of these wars is usually on finding some way to strengthen allied ground forces from day-to-day, or on defeating ISIL in the next battle or in reaching an objective.
- CommentaryBy Phuong NguyenMar 31, 2016
Myanmar experienced a number of firsts over the past week. The Union Parliament—which now counts former political prisoners, doctors, businesspeople, and poets among its ranks—on March 24 approved a new cabinet to serve under the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government, the first civilian government to rule the country in over 50 years.
- CommentaryMar 28, 2016
As they did after the Paris attacks in November 2015, EU interior ministers met last week for an emergency discussion in Brussels in the aftermath of two attacks committed last Tuesday in the Belgian capital. These attacks demonstrate that the threat of terrorism is likely to remain consistent for the near future in Europe.
- Severe, Climate Change-driven Wheat Fungus Found in Bangladesh, Highlighting Need for Risk Management ProgramsCommentaryBy Reid HamelMar 28, 2016
Bangladesh, once derisively referred to by Henry Kissinger as a “basket case” for its seemingly intractable poverty, has made impressive strides across development sectors in the past three decades, particularly in agriculture.
- CommentaryMar 25, 2016
“What counts are the political and military consequences of a violation…since these alone will determine whether or not the violator stands to gain in the end.”
Fred Ikle, “After Detection, What?” 1961
- CommentaryBy David ThroupMar 18, 2016
The people of Zanzibar go to the polls on March 20 to choose a new president and government for the second time in five months. The previous election was annulled three days after the vote, in what was widely seen as a move by elements within the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) to prevent an imminent opposition victory.
- CommentaryMar 18, 2016
The recently released $7.5 billion FY17 budget request for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) represents an $822 million reduction from last year’s enacted budget. These cuts are essentially divided between procurement ($501 million) and research and development ($322 million) as compared to the $8.3 billion MDA budget enacted by Congress for FY16.