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July 19, 2017

Nigeria
Buhari-Anti-Corruption-Conference-Oil The U.S. Justice Department and Kleptocracy in Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 presidential victory owed much to the perception among Nigerians that the preceding Jonathan administration and the governing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presided over a k…

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Creating a State Department Office for American State and Local Diplomacy

With the increase in subnational international activity, the United States should create an appropriately staffed office within the State Department to serve as a facilitator. This achievable bureaucratic reform would enable the U.S. government to appropriately facilitate activity already underway, enlist city and state leaders as allies in U.S. diplomacy, and prevent policy confusion.

January 2, 2018

India
Our Time Has Come

Our Time Has Come considers India’s rise, taking stock of the challenges and opportunities as the world's largest democracy defines its place on the global stage.

July 28, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The New State Department Assault on Israel

This week the State Department engaged in a remarkable assault on Israel. Both in tone and in content, it marks a new hostility--and plenty of sheer ignorance. The comment was entitled "Recent Isr…

July 27, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Birthday Wishes to the U.S. Department of State!

View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) If you happen to be passing by 2201 C Street, NW, in Washington, DC, today or stopping in at any of the more than…

September 14, 2017

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A heroin user reads an alert on fentanyl in New York City. The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Then Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina at an interactive session with entrepreneurs organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chandigarh on November 14, 2014. Gearing Up the State Department for the Era of State- and City-Level Diplomacy

It might have been former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s November 2011 trade delegation to India that first caught my attention. Former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire led another in 2012.   …

September 6, 2017

Immigration and Migration
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government, explains this Backgrounder.

November 14, 2017

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Engagement

Stares proposes a long-term strategy for how the United States can manage the risks of a turbulent world in a way that does not rely solely on American power.

September 21, 2017

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: What Impact Do U.S. Contributions Have on UN Agencies and Programs?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. President Trump’s budget proposal could jeopardize their work.