Yes We Can: Our Favorite Obama Moments

January 11, 2017

Remembering Barack Obama’s best moments. Since before he first took over the presidential office in 2009, the young senator from Chicago Barack Obama carried an air of hope and promise. “Yes we can!” became a winning slogan that sought to propel America forward into a brighter future. With...

Africa This Month: Africa in the Age of Donald Trump

November 30, 2016

The incoming Trump administration is likely to turn isolationist and dial down engagement with Africa, allowing the Chinese to fill the resulting vacuum. November has proved to be eventful. Apparently, South African President Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) is...

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Obama’s Broken House

November 09, 2013

The White House is insulating Obama; thereby leading to domestic and foreign policy blunders. Edward Luce at the Financial Times has an interesting article about Obamacare’s rocky rollout that opens a window onto Barack Obama’s foreign policy travails. He quotes one of the...

Five Misconceptions About US Cyber Espionage

November 05, 2013

While evidence of US spying is clear, the interpretations are full of misconceptions. The evidence is clear; thanks to former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden’s meticulous gathering of largely uncontested documents before his effective defection from his employer and...

The Future of Guantanamo Bay

September 04, 2013

Why has Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay? Background The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay has become perhaps the most potent and divisive symbol of America’s "War on Terror," and one which then-Senator Barack Obama promised to end during his 2008 presidential campaign. Yet...

Talking Race in America

August 28, 2013

America is a society openly experiencing a minority-majority shift.  If you ever spent an extensive period of time in the United States, you would agree that race is the most intractable topic in public conversation.  Let’s face it, the nation’s mysterious past and current...

The Immigration Debate: Reforming America

August 03, 2013

Despite signs of progress, the path to immigration reform in the US is far from clear. Background With an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, the country’s immigration system has been regarded as broken for some time. This perception exists on both sides of the political...

A Rumble at the Border

July 13, 2013

Despite the new security amendment, passing the immigration reform bill is anything but certain. On June 24, the US Senate agreed to an important border security amendment to the proposed immigration reform bill, and ratified the legislation the following Thursday with a vote count of 68 to...

What’s the Mix of Spending and Revenue in the President’s Deficit Reduction Proposal?

April 23, 2013

Donald Marron, Director of the Tax Policy Center who served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisors between 2002-2009, discusses President Obama's deficit reduction proposal. President Obama’s budget identifies a group of policies as a $1.8 trillion deficit...

Will There Ever be an End to the Iranian Nuclear Dispute?

April 10, 2013

Ambassador Peter Jenkins analyzes the complexities of the Iranian nuclear dispute in light of the recent talks in Kazakhstan and evaluates the chances for progress. Readers who recall that four years ago a new US President seemed eager to defuse the West’s quarrel with Iran over its nuclear...

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