Foreign Policy

Supporting peaceful change in the MENA region

The Arab Spring has come full circle in Egypt. Faced with growing popular discontent and violent confrontations between opponents and supporters of Mohamed Morsi’s government, the Egyptian military reluctantly stepped in to respond to increasingly assertive and unprecedented popular protests urging a more inclusive political process and new guarantees of democratic government.  Unfortunately, violence has continued despite calls from the new leadership and international community for calm.

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Skilled worker immigration reform should be top priority in House

What would you call an immigration system that welcomed the world’s best and brightest students to study at its colleges and universities, only to send them packing after graduation?  That prevented companies from temporarily filling key positions with highly skilled, highly qualified foreign workers?  Or that told foreign entrepreneurs to take their ideas, innovations, and future job growth and set up shop in some other country?

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House must act on compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform

When Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez heard the news of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), he was overcome with emotion. Born in Brazil and living in this country since the age of 14, Felipe married the love of his life, a U.S. citizen, last year. But because of DOMA, his husband couldn’t sponsor him for a green card. Now, Felipe and his husband no longer need to live with the constant fear of being torn apart.

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Congress needs to be involved in trade talks

With 150 negotiators in 24 working groups descending on Washington D.C. this week to take part in the first round of US-EU trade talks, and with the joint EU-US High Level Working Group saying that “ambitious outcomes” should be sought for the areas of “market access,” “regulatory issues and non-tariff barriers,” and “rules, principles, and new modes of cooperation to address shared global trade challenges and opportunities,” Congress is about to witness a complete overhaul on trade.  From a transpacific agreement to a transatlantic one.

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A bridge between the West and the East?

Can Ukraine be the nation which bridges the gap between Eurasia and the Western world - or, more specifically, between Russia and the EU? As yet, it's a hard one to call - but Ukrainian President Yanukovych is not the only one hoping events will play out like this.

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The law that changed the world

Lots of laws gets signed in Washington D.C., but how many have saved millions of lives as the one inked by President Dwight Eisenhower (R) on July 10, 1954?

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Why comprehensive immigration reform is good for all of us

After a strong vote of support in the Senate, historic immigration reform is headed to the House of Representatives, and we’ve already seen opponents of the bill try to distort the benefits of reform for our country. Now more than ever, the untold economic story of immigration needs to be told and retold. It is a simple truth that immigrants help grow the US economy.  Yet, this fact often gets lost as the complexities of immigration are reduced to a zero sum game of native workers versus immigrants.

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