Without Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US need a new basis for relationship

For the last 40 years, The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has been distorted through the lens of Afghanistan. Although it remains unclear exactly how or when the United States’ relationship with Afghanistan will change, the U.S. will reduce its footprint on Afghanistan and have a different kind of engagement in the future. It is important for Pakistan …

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Guatemala needs to build an ‘economic wall’ to be safe and prosperous

On my recent visit to Guatemala as an international election observer, I witnessed the numerous challenges newly-elected President Alejandro Giammattei will face — and issue not just for his country but for the United States as well, if Washington hopes to reduce the flood of undocumented immigrants from Central America. The challenges for Giammattei include …

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China doesn’t need World Bank’s loans, just as Trump says

“Why is the World Bank loaning money to China?" President Donald Trump tweeted on Dec. 6. "Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don’t, they create it. STOP!” He did so in response to the World Bank agreeing to continue lending $1 billion to $1.5 billion a year to China …

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To compete and win, the US needs to get into the game

The United States needs to engage more strategically in the global multilateral system. Our ability to project power — and influence outcomes — in the multilateral system is getting harder as other powers like China are rising. For the U.S. to “win” we need to compete smarter and more aggressively. We must get far better …

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Countering malign Kremlin influence will be with us for decades

Since the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc in 1991, the U.S. has been a trusted partner to Central and Eastern European nations. During the 1990s, this engagement focused on helping countries transition to democracy and developing the private sector and free markets. There was incredible economic and social progress in the Baltics, Poland, the Czech …

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The US must engage now on the EBRD leadership search

The U.S. needs to involve itself in the presidency search process for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) now and begin to identify, encourage, and recruit European candidates that have shared interests with the U.S. This needs to be a joint Treasury and State Department undertaking. The U.S. should look for candidates with …

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Post peace talks, Afghan elections are the best way forward

Afghanistan goes to the polls on Sept. 28. Despite the daily drumbeat of negative headlines, Afghanistan has made great strides in the last decade by any political, economic, or social standards. These elections would allow Afghans to consolidate those gains. The current government mandate ended in May; in other words, the current government has gone …

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Multilaterals should lead the quality infrastructure agenda

Infrastructure is the backbone of any functioning modern economy. Telecommunications, transportation, and uninterrupted access to electricity are all vital for countries looking to transform themselves into knowledge-based economies with growing middle-classes. It is in everyone’s interest for this to happen in the developing world: Increasing the world’s infrastructure capacity in a sustainable and transparent manner …

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OPIC should strengthen US-Argentine partnership with Vaca Muerta deal

The board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) should approve a critical Argentine oil and gas project on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Vaca Muerta deal is geo-strategic, financially sound, and reduces poverty. The project will create both American and Argentine jobs, will contribute to changing the economic model of Argentina, will lead to an …

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