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Insight on what's happening beyond the United States.
A Good Half-Century and a Bad One: What Will the Next 50 Years Be Like? Paul Wolfowitz 01/01/2014
The world today is more secure, prosperous, and free than it was 50 years ago, but an effective Western alliance is vital if we're going to sustain that progress.
Mexico’s Reforms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Roger F. Noriega and Felipe Trigos 12/16/2013
Mexico’s Congress has delivered an energy reform plan that could alter Mexico’s economic outlook for decades to come, but its populist tax policies and profligate spending threaten the steady growth the country has achieved in recent years.
Georgian Elections and ‘the Great Game’ Ambassador Richard S. Williamson 11/08/2013
With the recent presidential election, Georgians have reached another milestone toward sustainable democracy. But Russia still seeks to pull Georgia into its sphere of influence, and the United States is failing to act.
The Global Vatican: A Supra-National Force for Good Ambassador Francis Rooney 10/30/2013
The Catholic Church has been disparaged at times throughout its long history, and sometimes rightly. But while it has occasionally fallen short of its ideals, that does not overshadow the good it has accomplished — and can accomplish in the future.
Europe’s Deflation Challenge Desmond Lachman 10/29/2013
Easy global liquidity from quantitative easing in the United States has masked deflation and public debt vulnerability in the European periphery, and the European Central Bank shows little sign of pursuing policies to address these threats.
Crunch Time for the Trans-Pacific Pact — and for U.S. Leadership in Asia Claude Barfield 10/10/2013
At a crucial time in U.S.-Asian relations, China is stealing the limelight. America needs to get back in the game.
Europe the Morning After the German Elections Desmond Lachman 10/03/2013
Angela Merkel’s impressive reelection win indicates little will change in Germany’s Europe policy.
‘Asian’ Business Patterns: Culture in Context Peter A. Coclanis 08/19/2013
Culture is only one variable determining the differences between Asian and Western business practices.
Afghanistan’s Rare Earth Element Bonanza Alan W. Dowd 08/13/2013
Afghanistan’s recently mapped deposits of rare earth elements provide hope that the war-torn nation can achieve peace and prosperity.
The State of Economic Freedom, Part 2: Success Stories The Editors 08/06/2013
What do Rwanda, Brazil, Texas, Peru, Mexico, and Panama all have in common?