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Why Saudi Arabia's Regional Power Plays Won't Lead to War

November 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia has become more assertive, but that doesn't mean it's going to war.

Peng Liyuan, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump.

China – A Reluctant Global Power

November 16, 2017

Trump has created a global power vacuum. Is Beijing ready to fill it?

Researcher's hands taking notes. Credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Turn health insurance subsidies into health insurance vouchers

November 13, 2017

There are plenty of precedents for this approach, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and energy credits, all provided to individual consumers and not to corporate providers.

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Why Niger Proves America's Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing

November 11, 2017

How many Niger-like tragedies will it take before America gets the message?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures while speaking to staff members at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Switzerland

Is America Losing Its Credibility with the Middle East?

October 26, 2017

Case in point: Washington has found no way to stop its loss of influence over Iraq.

The Moral Wrestler: Ignored by Maslow

October 19, 2017

One of Maslow’s great contributions is that he assumes that people are not merely economic creators who seek to maximize their happiness by consuming goods.

Jeff Bezos

An open letter to Jeff Bezos–you are needed to disrupt the health care sector

September 29, 2017

Earth to Jeff: Rockets are fun but we need you here.

Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

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HR 6510: Temporary Resettlement of Syrian Children in the US

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