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Honor and Dishonor at the United Nations

Posted: 22 Dec 2017 08:47 AM PST

The United States was badly outnumbered in the General Assembly. There were just 67 countries who could be said to be on “our side” in that they didn’t vote against our position.

No, not this week’s vote on Jerusalem. This past week there were 8 countries with us voting no, 35 abstentions, and 21 no-shows, for a total of 65 on “our side.”

Another Year of Record Displacement

Posted: 22 Dec 2017 06:24 AM PST

Conflict and persecution have left more than sixty-five million people displaced in recent years, signaling a worrying trend, says David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization.

Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Posted: 22 Dec 2017 05:53 AM PST

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impending ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar. Yet it (sadly) became one of the biggest news stories of 2017. Maybe a year from now everyone will be talking about Egypt’s insurgency and a new financial crisis in the European Union (EU). Or maybe not. As Yogi Berra apparently didn’t say, “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” But a fair number of significant world events are ones we know are coming—call them the “known knowns.” Here are seven known stories to follow closely in 2018. Any one of them could turn into the dominant news event of the year—or fade completely away. We’ll know in twelve months which will sizzle and which will fizzle.

Beware Chinese Influence but Be Wary of a China Witch Hunt

Posted: 21 Dec 2017 12:36 PM PST

Some channels of Chinese influence over U.S. political and social discourse are obvious. Beijing has more than one hundred Confucius Institutes located throughout the United States. (The United States has only three somewhat equivalent American Centers in China.) The Chinese government sponsors a 24-hour English language news channel, radio stations, and multiple newspapers in the United States. No American media outlet has an equivalent opportunity to provide its content directly to the Chinese people.

Sweet Deal for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe as Allies Face Jail or Exile

Posted: 14 Dec 2017 08:16 AM PST

Zimbabwean media is reporting the details of the settlement negotiated by Robert Mugabe and the generals who ousted him as president. The deal includes full immunity from prosecution for Mugabe, $10 million, half of which will be paid immediately, the other half to be paid in installments over several years, full salary, medical costs covered by the state, body guards and other security, and full protection of his private property. After he dies, his widow, Grace, will receive half of his salary as long as she lives.

Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

Posted: 20 Dec 2017 11:21 AM PST

Is President Donald J. Trump’s America First approach to foreign policy compatible with international cooperation? That question will become even more prominent in 2018, as world leaders gather for ten pivotal meetings. Collectively, these summits will reveal whether the Trump administration’s first year was an aberration or the start of a post-American world.  

The Phillips Curve Is Dead. Long Live the Phillips Curve!

Posted: 20 Dec 2017 08:55 AM PST

“I am confident that the apparent disconnect between growth and inflation is a temporary phenomenon,” said ECB executive board member Yves Mersche on December 6. The “deep downturn” in the Eurozone economy, he explained, had “led to broader slack in the labor market” not captured in the unemployment data.  

The Iran Deal Saga Continues

Posted: 20 Dec 2017 08:28 AM PST

INARA recognized that a president might determine that Iran was not complying with the nuclear deal. If that happened, the act stipulated that the majority and minority leaders in the House or the Senate would have sixty days to introduce legislation to reintroduce U.S. sanctions on Iran. Under the terms of INARA, any motion that congressional leaders introduced would be given expedited consideration, meaning that the typical legislative maneuvers used to delay or block legislation could not be used. Just as important, no other members of Congress could submit legislation on Iranian sanctions during the sixty-day window.

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