Middle East

Do Not Lift the Arms Embargo on Libya


The conflict in Libya is intensifying. Battles between rival militias are unceasing and deadly. As I wrote last month, the conflict is unlikely to resolve quickly. Amid this chaos, Egypt recently called for an end to a United Nations-supported arms embargo on Libya. Government officials in Libya previously floated the...

Americas

An Economic Strategy to End Brazil’s Woes


The Brazilian economy grew by 1 percent in the first three months of 2017, putting an end to the country’s longest recession in history. While this end of recession provides much-needed relief for Brazilian economic policymakers and investors, unless substantial reforms are made—notably in the labor market and...

Global

An International Insolvency Court; Is it time to reconsider the concept (again)?


In the early 2000s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—an organization of member countries that works to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—contemplated the creation of a sovereign debt restructuring mechanism, including a sovereign...

Americas

Venezuela’s Biggest Losers


Venezuela is on fire. An economic meltdown resulting from the disastrous policies of the “Bolivarian Revolution” has spawned broad speculation as to the outcome of this socioeconomic upheaval, which includes a Soviet-style collapse. With the currency...

Global

Cities and Climate: Local Governments with Global Impact


On Thursday, June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced to the world that he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Responses from mayors across the world have been strong and swift, with cities charting their own path on...

Americas

Trump’s Bad Bet on Cuba


On June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his plan to reverse the Obama administration’s efforts to thaw relations with Cuba. The president claimed that he would seek a “better deal” and refuse to lift the embargo on Cuba until: (1) the Castro regime...

Americas

Soft Power Conflicts in the Western Hemisphere


There are many ethical and interests based arguments for why the United States should provide foreign aid to Latin America. Many argue that promoting economic prosperity and stability in the hemisphere benefits U.S. national interests, while others make the...