Americas

A Strong Dollar Threatens the Trump Administration


The Trump administration seeks to grow the economy by 3.5 percent per year and create 25 million jobs, but the strengthening dollar poses a threat to its economic ambitions. Already at its highest in the last 14 years, if the dollar gains further strength, it poses serious risks to the U.S. economy by making companies...

Global

Building a Climate-Ready Military


In the past decade, there has been increasing recognition within the national security establishment that climate change is a national security issue. The 2010 and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Reviews, flagship documents by the Department of Defense on US military doctrine, addressed climate change as significant factor...

Africa

Global Anti-Corruption Effort Would Benefit Nigerian Startups


The Silicon Valley in the United States may be in the midst of a very public crisis at the moment, but the start-up tech entrepreneur scene in Nigeria has been quietly flourishing. According to Disrupt Africa’s latest report, African tech startups raised over...

Global

Balancing Enforcement and Inclusion: U.S. Policies on Correspondent Banking Supervision and Enforcement


Foreign correspondent banking allows banks around the world to provide cross-border payment services to their customers through correspondent accounts created at other financial institutions for the purposes of third party payments, cash clearing, etc. ...

Global

LGBT+ in 2016: The Year in Review


2015 was a busy year for for the LGBT+ worldwide community.  In the United States, activists rejoiced at the Supreme Court decision to uphold the constitutionality of same-sex marriage and the Military Equal Opportunity policy became inclusive to gay and...

Americas

Twitter Diplomacy: Hardly A Bold New World for Foreign Policy


Over two years ago, I wrote a critique of the then newly-elected Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s use of Twitter to respond publicly to the world leaders who had reached out to congratulate him on his success. Modi’s tweets were strategic, with close...

Middle East

Lessons from Islamic History for Policymakers


When policymakers delve into the issues facing the Islamic world, in searching for a solution they would do well by examining the history of the religion. Islam has faced numerous trials and tribulations over the last 1,500 years and many of the same issues...