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June 27, 2019

Cybersecurity
Solving the Identity-Protection Problem by Bringing the Post Office Into the Digital Age

Revamping the U.S. Postal Service could help solve long-standing problems with validating identities in the digital realm and make email a true substitute for physical mail.

Low-angle view of post office against blue sky.

June 17, 2019

International Finance
Make the Foreign Exchange Report Great Again

The U.S. Department of the Treasury should transform its foreign currency report so it can be used as a tool to combat currency manipulation. This would be an important step toward a more balanced global economy with fewer persistent deficits and surpluses.

A man passes by a currency exchange shop in Hong Kong, on May 29, 2019.

February 28, 2019

Palestinian Territories
Rethinking U.S. Policy Toward the Palestinians

Trump’s new approach to the Palestinians will do more harm than good. The United States cannot solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it can and should avoid making it worse.

Palestinians take part in the Great March of Return demonstration in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on February 22, 2019.

March 6, 2019

United States
Defending America From Foreign Election Interference

The United States needs to safeguard the democratic process against foreign interference. It should ensure both the technical integrity of the voting system and that voters are not subjected to forei…

Voters fill out their ballots at Loudon County High School in Leesburg, Virginia, on election day, November 6, 2018.

July 13, 2011

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
A Nuclear Security Fund

Nuclear terrorism could cause widespread death and destruction and potentially devastate the global economy. However, not all nations are convinced that acting to prevent nuclear terrorism should be …

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September 26, 2018

Peacekeeping
Increasing Female Participation in Peacekeeping Operations

Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness and advance stability. The U.S. government should support a UN premium for police- and troop-contributing countries to increase the training and deployment of female peacekeepers.

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December 5, 2012

Security Alliances
Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

U.S.-Mexico security cooperation, led by the Merida Initiative, is vital and must continue. But with Enrique Pena Nieto's inauguration, Mexico's political landscape is now changing, and the United St…

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June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Creating a State Department Office for American State and Local Diplomacy

With the increase in subnational international activity, the United States should create an appropriately staffed office within the State Department to serve as a facilitator. This achievable bureaucratic reform would enable the U.S. government to appropriately facilitate activity already underway, enlist city and state leaders as allies in U.S. diplomacy, and prevent policy confusion.

Former San Antonio (Chennai Sister City) Mayor Julian Castro meets Chennai Corporation Mayor Saidai Duraiswami in Chennai, India, on January 25, 2013. (U.S. Consulate General, Chennai)

April 6, 2018

China
Exposing China’s Actions in the South China Sea

China is increasing its control over the South China Sea, and has used deceptive propaganda to conceal its destabilizing activities. The U.S. government should roll out information operations to expose China's behavior and hinder its ability to expand and consolidate power in the region.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands.

June 25, 2012

Afghanistan
What It Will Take to Secure Afghanistan

Afghanistan is approaching a major inflection point in its long and turbulent history. In 2014 most of the foreign military forces are due to pull out. With them will go the bulk of foreign financing…

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