Updates / Foreign Policy & Defense


By / 9.30.2014

President Obama’s forceful speech to the United Nations last week appeared to mark a sharp—and welcome—turn in his thinking about Islamist terrorism and the wisdom of U.S. retrenchment. Rather than dwell on the things a war-weary United States can’t do, Obama spoke with resolve and passion about what America must do. He called out Russia […]

By / 9.24.2014

Yesterday’s airstrikes on Islamic State and other terrorist targets in Syria yield five important lessons about America’s long war against Islamist extremism: First, Syria has become a haven for jihadist terrorism. The United States and its allies struck the IS headquarters in Raqqa and other targets along its supply lines into Iraq. U.S. forces also […]

By / 7.18.2014

Growth should be at the centre of the social democratic agenda. Raising levels of economic security and equality are important goals, but it’s economic growth and innovation that allow high living standards and generous welfare states to be a reality The “5-75-20” essay covers a lot of territory and offers centre-left parties many sensible governing […]

By / 6.4.2014

Since the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 25 years ago today, the U.S. has not hesitated to criticize China’s dismal record on human rights and civil liberties.  Not much has changed. Since traditional state-to-state diplomacy has done little to affect China’s behavior, the American government needs to change tack.  If Washington is serious about change, […]

By / 5.2.2014

Last week (April 22-25), PPI returned to Europe for an intensive round of high-level meetings and one big public event in three capitals, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. It was the third PPI project in Europe in the last 18 months, a sign of our commitment to increasing awareness about the rise of the data-driven economy […]

By / 2.28.2014

China recently released its January trade data, showing export growth of 10.6% and performing way above predictions – if you believe the numbers.  Many don’t.  After last year’s round of inflated figures, stories began to appear about just how businesses were cooking the books.  For example, some corporations were sending their goods on a “round […]

By / 1.10.2014

China is investing more in R&D than the European Union, according to soon-to-be-released data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  This milestone reflects a multi-pronged effort by Chinese policy makers to spur economic innovation. Other measures include incentives to lure foreign educated Chinese back home,  patent targets and subsidies, and a strong […]

By / 4.19.2013

President Obama’s new budget attempts to define a progressive alternative to conservative demands for a politics of austerity. Having just returned from a gathering of center-left parties in Copenhagen, I can report that European progressives are wrestling with the same challenge, and are reaching similar conclusions. There was wide agreement that the wrong answer is […]

By / 3.6.2013

Sean Penn lamented that he “lost a friend” when Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chávez died yesterday. Sean, you’re not alone: So did the world’s dictators. Hugo Chávez championed Venezuela’s poor and America’s adversaries – an irresistible combination in the eyes of what’s left of the Cold War left. Chávez , in fact, seemed positively nostalgic for the […]

By / 11.22.2012

Sensing a rising Islamic tide in the Middle East, Hamas has picked a fight with Israel it can’t win militarily, but could win politically.  That’s something Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should prevent as she works to make a fragile cease fire hold. No one wants to see Israeli forces go back into Gaza. A […]