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Pacific Century: Considering Kim’s Korea: Kim Jong-un And Biden

with Andrei Lankov, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, July 29, 2021

North Korea expert Andrei Lankov on what’s next in Pyongyang.

EnvironmentAnalysis and Commentary

A New Low For San Francisco: $20,000 Designer Garbage Cans

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

This is not a typo. There is not an extra zero. Nor two extra zeroes. San Francisco has approved a budget that works out to $20,000 per new city street garbage can.

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A Green Light For Russian Hegemony

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 26, 2021

The US-German decision not to block Nord Stream 2 pipeline clears the way for Putin to tighten his grip on Ukraine and defy Europe.


Biden’s Surrender To Merkel On Nord Stream 2

by Kiron K. Skinner, Russell A. Bermanvia Foreign Policy
Monday, July 26, 2021

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

Analysis and Commentary

A Pipe Dream Comes True

by Josef Joffevia American Purpose
Friday, July 23, 2021

Joe Biden hands Angela Merkel a nice farewell present by caving on Nord Stream 2. The Berlin-Moscow deal is not just about gas and cash. It affirms a tacit strategic relationship that dents the containment of Russian ambitions.

Analysis and Commentary

Cold Facts Reveal A Better Way To Tackle Climate Change

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Australian
Thursday, July 22, 2021

[Subscription Required] When reporting emphasizes the need to cut CO2, it pushes some of the least effective ways to help future victims of heat and cold. Climate policy will, at best, slightly slow the increase in heat deaths. We already know much more effective ways to help.

Analysis and Commentary

Climate Risk To The Financial System

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

I wrote a piece for Project Syndicate, here, on climate financial risk. (This resulted from a presentation on a panel at the NBER summer institute risks of financial institutions meeting, program here. There should be a video version on YouTube but I can't find it. The panel discussion was excellent. You will recognize ideas from my earlier climate finance testimony. I recycle and refine.)


The Fallacy Of Climate Financial Risk

by John H. Cochranevia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The idea that climate change poses a threat to the financial system is absurd, not least because everyone already knows that global warming is happening and that fossil fuels are being phased out. The new push for climate-related financial regulation is not really about risk; it is about a political agenda.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Naval Gazing

interview with Admiral Gary Roughead, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

America’s ability to project strength and respond to crises across the Pacific Rim.

Analysis and Commentary

Climate Change And Deaths From Extreme Heat And Cold

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Financial Post
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

For now, global warming reduces more deaths than it causes, saving possibly 100,000 lives each year


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.