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  • Reconciliation May Be the Best and Only Way to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq

    Sep 17, 2014

    Addressing root causes of insurgencies and reconciliation have historically proven to be lasting means to defeat insurgent groups. While this approach could be the best way to overcome the Islamic State in Iraq, monumental obstacles make success questionable.

  • Lessons to Learn from the Ebola Outbreak

    Sep 16, 2014

    The World Health Organization has announced that the Ebola outbreak is still accelerating. While hundreds of lives have been lost and more fatalities are expected, there are key lessons to be learned and reasons to be optimistic about fighting this disease.

  • Should TRIA Continue Or Be Allowed to Expire?

    Sep 15, 2014

    Since the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) was reauthorized in 2007, terrorism insurance has remained widely available and the price has fallen. With TRIA set to expire in December, however, it is unclear whether improvements in the market since TRIA was first passed in 2002 can be sustained without it.

  • Why the U.S. Swaps Prisoners But Doesn't Pay Ransom

    Sep 9, 2014

    Why is the U.S. willing to exchange prisoners but not pay ransom? While there may be confusion about American policy on this issue, there are key differences between the Bergdahl and Foley cases.

  • Can Tensions with Russia Impact the Launch of U.S. National Security Satellites?

    Aug 6, 2014

    Russia's clashes with the Ukraine and its claims on the Crimean peninsula have caused friction with the U.S. and raised questions about the potential for interruption in the supply of Russian rocket engines that lift U.S. national security space satellites into orbit.

  • Catastrophic Risk in California: Are Homeowners and Communities Prepared?

    Aug 6, 2014

    Predictions about the inevitability of a major earthquake in California is generating concern about how to pay for rebuilding after a catastrophic event. Insurance alone isn’t the answer, but exploring ways for insurance premiums to better reflect loss could help homeowners prepare for "the big one.”