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How to Avoid the Infrastructure Blind Side

In listening to President Obama talk about infrastructure in his State of the Union Message, I couldn’t stop thinking about last year’s great movie “The…

What To Do As Egypt Transitions to Democracy

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s bizarre and wandering late-night address to the nation on Friday is almost certainly the beginning of his end.  Mubarak’s tone-deaf offer…

Obama and Human Rights in the Middle East

Events over the last few weeks demand a reconsideration, if not a full-scale reevaluation of the wisdom of the Obama administration’s overall approach to democracy…

Obama’s Two-Track Approach on Energy

As often happens with State of the Union addresses, President Obama’s speech left a lot of D.C. pundits and policy types unsatisfied and complaining that…

State of the Union on High-Speed Rail: How to Pay for Fast Trains

In setting a national goal of providing high-speed train service to 80 percent of Americans by 2035, President Obama challenged himself and Congress to come…

Making Sense of the State of the Union

For those of you out there still trying to make sense of the President’s State of the Union address, we at PPI have spent the…

State of the Union: Winning the Future and Winning 2012

Last night, President Obama used the phrase “win the future” as the primary motif of his speech. But clearly, on his mind was also very…

State of the Union on Foreign Policy: Hardly an After-Thought

Though the president failed to mention the words “foreign policy” until 80 percent of his speech lay in the rearview mirror, it very much served…

State of the Union: The Power of Pronouncements

This week, I taught the first class of a graduate seminar at Virginia Tech titled “Collaborative Governance.”  Our readings included a Foreign Affairs essay where…

State of the Union: Republican Response Preaches to the Choir

If Rep. Paul Ryan’s response to the State of the Union Address was intended to broaden support for his party’s agenda, or actually “respond” to…