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Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Dec 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.

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The Pivot to Asia: Are the EU and the US Partners or Competitors?

Dec 12, 2014
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?

Confronting Challenges to North America's Energy Future

Dec 12, 2014
North America is fast becoming the epicenter of a transformation in global energy. But despite North America's huge energy potential, the United States, Mexico, and Canada all face serious obstacles in getting their energy resources to market. As the North American energy ministers meet in Washington, DC on December 15, 2014, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood and Rachel Bronson analyze North America's energy future.

US Security Initiative Faces Political Obstacles in Northern Triangle

Dec 11, 2014
InSight Crime reports on the launch of the Latin American Program’s publication “Crime and Violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle.”
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The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution: Consequences and Opportunities for Korea and Asia

Dec 11, 2014
This essay addresses the U.S. shale revolution, the consequences for Korea in the Asian regional context, and energy opportunities in the pending negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Next: Russia Unplugged

Dec 11, 2014
To stay in power, "Putin and his minions feel they must corral and tame the Internet," warns Fellow Maxim Trudolyubov.

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Afghanistan

Kubra in her workshop. (Photo by Justin Sutcliffe/Polaris)

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the longest war in its history, a look at the lives changed, promises made, and ideas shaped by war in Afghanistan.

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.