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The United Arab Emirates, China, and the new “Triple-South”

As South-South trade and investment ties expand rapidly, altering the geo-commercial and geo-political map of the world, one relationship stands out as particularly robust and consequential: the United Arab Emirates and China. It’s already one of the fastest growing trade relationships in the world, and it just got deeper with the announcement of a $10 billion joint strategic investment fund to explore opportunities in both countries and across the “New Silk Road.” The $10 billion investment fund was announced during the three day official visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to Beijing last week. The visit under

SAIS Women's Leadership Initiative Launch

Dean Vali Nasr launched the Johns Hopkins SAIS Women's Leadership Initiative with The Honorable Barbara Barrett, Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation and former United States Ambassador to Finland. This event was moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute and was part of the Women Who Inspire series. Barbara Barrett is chairman of the Aerospace Corporation and a member of the boards of California Institute of Technology, Sally Ride Science, RAND Corporation, Smithsonian Institution, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and Lasker Foundation. She and her husband Craig own Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, named by Travel + Leisure as the

New Winds of Economic Change in Saudi Arabia: A Riyadh Dispatch

The Kingdom Ballroom at the Four Seasons hotel in Riyadh is home to some of the Saudi capital’s most elite weddings, top-notch corporate events, and international conference gatherings. On a chilly day in early December, however, the ballroom served as the setting for a seemingly more mundane purpose: a brainstorming workshop for Saudi government ministries. The goal, however, was anything but mundane: a major transformation of the Saudi economy and a substantive reordering of the goals, methods, and practices of government ministries. “The entire system needs an upgrade,” a senior Saudi official involved in the process told me, “and what you see before you is the first steps in that upgrade

Regulate gene-editing — now: This technology strikes at the core of what it means to be human

This article originally appeared in the NY Daily News on December 4, 2015. View it here. The news that Chinese researchers recently attempted to alter what is called the “germline” of human embryos — essentially, rewriting sentences in our genes — has set off a huge and necessary discussion of how we should deal with genetic engineering. In Washington this week, a large international conference, featuring big-name scientists from around the world, sought to grapple with the moral and ethical consequences of these developments. The Chinese experiment was made possible by the development of a new technology known as CRISPR, which for the first time provides a fast and easy way of editing indiv

Manipulating Religion for Political Gain in Pakistan: Consequences for the U.S. and the Region

FPI Studies in Policy: For more than three decades, leading experts and scholars have addressed critical topics in foreign policy and security through the publication of independent, policy relevant analyses through the FPI. The FPI is proud to build on this tradition with the FPI Studies in Policy series, featuring monograph-length studies of politics, economics, and political economy that inform current international policy and security debates.The Foreign Policy Institute and FPI Fellow Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli launched her recent paper, Manipulating Religion for Political Gain in Pakistan: Consequences for the U.S. and the Region. This is the first in the series of FPI Studies in Po

Cyberphobia

Dean Vali Nasr, the Foreign Policy Institute and the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies hosted A Conversation with Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist and senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Lucas discussed his new book Cyberphobia and ways in which cyberspace is not the secure zone we may hope, how passwords provide no significant obstacle to anyone intent on getting past them, and how anonymity is easily accessible to anyone – malign or benign – willing to take a little time covering their tracks. Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly. His expertise includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, Russi

The Role of the IMF in Greek Financial Reforms

Elena Panaritis led a discussion on the role of the IMF in Greek Financial Reforms. Professor Jaime Marquez, International Economics and Associate Director of Masters in International Economics and Finance, also joined as a discussant. Professor Cinnamon Dornsife, International Development Program and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, moderated the discussion. Elena Panaritis is an institutional economist, social entrepreneur, and policy innovator. She has served as Member of the Hellenic Parliament and adviser to Greece’s Prime Minister. As an economist at the World Bank, she spearheaded property rights reform in Peru, receiving International Best Practice awards. Her book Pros

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