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February, 2016


Look beyond Ferguson and Baltimore: The good news about black men

If you look beyond recent headlines about race in America, here is a surprising truth: Most black men in America are doing just fine. Most black men are not poor, most black men will not be incarcerated, most black men are gainfully employed, and most black men will marry. Twenty20Read More

What government researchers get wrong about addiction

With heroin deaths spiking across the country, we desperately need clear thinking on drug addiction. A January article in the New England Journal of Medicine bolsters what’s come to be known as the brain disease model of addiction. In essence, the model views addiction from the vantage point of brainRead More

Handle with care! A Q&A with Weifeng Zhong on China’s porcelain economy

China often seems to be the only country that can possibly compete with or overtake the US in economic horsepower. This isn’t just international opinion; the Chinese seem pretty optimistic about how they are doing too. In 2015, 90% of Chinese citizens ranked their economy as good or very good, and 88% think theirRead More

Asia’s Mediterranean: Strategy, geopolitics, and risk in the seas of the Indo-Pacific

I.  The news that China has deployed advanced fighter jets to, and emplaced surface-to-air missiles on, Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Island chain confirms long-held fears that Beijing plans to militarize its possessions in the South China Sea. As Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, testified beforeRead More

‘reThinking’ The Big Short

The critically acclaimed, now Oscar-winning film The Big Short has helped form the impression among the American people that the private sector caused the financial crisis.  But does this impression align with the facts? Is the 2008 crisis a relatively straightforward, moralistic tale of Wall Street greed and human foiblesRead More

‘Regime change’ has often succeeded

The New York Times’ Room for Debate asked a range of contributors for their take on whether, when and how America should wield power in the region has been called the “signal foreign-policy conundrum of today. Below is Danielle Pletka’s response. Read the entire symposium here. The question of whetherRead More