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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Creates Tricky Political Situation

Jul 18, 2014
Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky discusses the latest on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash investigation with NBC News’ Kristen Welker and Tom Costello on MSNBC, including the political sensitivity of the situation and what sort of involvement the U.S. will have in the effort to find answers.

What the U.S. Should Do in Central America to Stem the Tide

Jul 18, 2014
Why are we still experiencing the kinds of migration and dysfunctional state institutions that we’ve been trying to fix since the 1980s? According to Cynthia Arnson and Eric Olson who each testified before the Senate this week, to be successful, the United States must address the most important drivers of this flow and focus on improving the quality of democratic governance, citizen security, and inclusive development in Central America.
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Cooperation or Conflict: Perspectives on the South China Sea

Jul 17, 2014
Tensions over territorial claims continue to percolate in the South China Sea. Questions and concerns about China’s intentions and actions are hot topics in the Philippines and Vietnam. Can the U.S., given the stated intention to “rebalance to Asia,” play an important role in sorting out competing claims?

U.S. Lawmakers Probe Root Causes of Border Crisis

Jul 16, 2014
Associate Director Eric L. Olson's comments at a Congressional hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee are quoted in this article.
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Jane Harman on the Violence in Gaza and the Immigration Crisis

Jul 14, 2014
Director Jane Harman discusses the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians and the immigration crisis on CBS News' Talk of the Nation with Gerald Seib, Danielle Pletka, and Nia-Malika Henderson.

The United States Must Advance a Mideast Policy Based on Collaboration

Jul 11, 2014
"The goal [of U.S. Middle East policy] is a strategy shaped together with the Middle Eastern world: leaders and peoples alike, borrowing the best impulses of the bottom-up Arab Spring and the traditionally top-down U.S. approach to engagement. Our promise to the Middle East must be one in which collaboration helps the people of the region achieve shared values by a route of their own choice," writes Jane Harman in The Washington Post.

Unaccompanied Migrants Crisis

Jul 10, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric L. Olson is interviewed on "BBC World News America" providing insight on the current border crisis.
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Eric Olson on the Influx of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Jul 09, 2014
Eric Olson is interviewed on C-Span's Washington Journal about the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. southern border from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, based on his time in those countries.

Is There a Solution to the Immigration Crisis?

Jul 09, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric L. Olson is interviewed on The Wall Street Journal and provides his thoughts regarding a solution to the immigration crisis.
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A Worrying Trend With No Quick Fix

Jul 09, 2014
"The so-called surge of unaccompanied children is really a trend that has been growing over the last few years and is the result of an accumulating set of factors that show no signs of improving, and that are independent from the messages high level U.S. officials want to send," writes Eric Olson.

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