United States News

From Khamenei, Conditions for a Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Feb 08, 2015
"The supreme leader said that any deal that does not respect Iran’s rights would be a bad deal, and he reiterated his condition that if there is to be an agreement, all sanctions must be lifted 'in the real meaning of the word,'" writes Haleh Esfandiari.

What should America do with Guantanamo’s high-risk detainees?

Feb 06, 2015
"Guantanamo cannot and should not be closed until there is a concrete plan to prosecute these men, or, if necessary, detain them in a lawful way that ensures they can never inflict grievous harm again," writes Jane Harman and Jack Goldsmith.

The Illusion of a Hostage Policy

Feb 03, 2015
"Hostages taken today may nominally be victims of a single group, but they are caught up more fundamentally in a dysfunctional region-wide configuration. To end the broader problem will require brokering among leaders from Lebanon to Pakistan about the future of the region, both politically and physically," writes Robin Wright.

Better Late than Never: Lessons Learned from Mexican Truck Drivers in the United States

Feb 02, 2015
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.

The Pressing Need to Define U.S. Arctic Interests

Jan 30, 2015
"The leadership role for the Arctic Council, while important in its own right, offers the United States an opportunity to define its Arctic national interests and develop appropriate policies with local stakeholders," writes David Biette and Anita Parlow

Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate

Jan 30, 2015
“Human rights and climate change are completely interlinked,” says Robin Bronen in this week’s podcast, and “climate change is happening in Alaska faster than anywhere else on the planet.”

Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China?

Jan 22, 2015
On the heels of a landmark U.S.-China climate agreement, 2015 will be a critical year for China’s environmental and energy policy. A revised and much stricter Environmental Protection Law went into force on January 1; new amendments to the Air Pollution Law are likely to be put in place; and the National Development and Reform Commission will draft a new five-year plan. A monumental shift from coal to natural gas is achievable and necessary.

War Without End, Alas

Jan 16, 2015
"The fact is, we are living in an age of jihadi terror. And the threat and likelihood of more attacks will be with us for years to come," writes Aaron David Miller.

CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Quoted by Politico on Future China-US Apple Trade

Jan 13, 2015
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is ramping up talks with China, the world’s largest producer of apples, to allow both countries to ship more of the produce item across borders. CEF Associate, Susan Chan-Shifflett is quoted in this Politico Article to point out that the U.S. is consuming large amount of apple juice concentrate imported from China.

Why to Fear ISIS's Cyber Caliphate

Jan 13, 2015
"It's easy to miss blips on the digital radar when there are so many, but if our miscalculation about the kinetic capabilities of ISIS is any measure, we ought to pay attention to the CENTCOM hack," writes Meg King.

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