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  • A Budget for Working America

    A Budget for Working America

    THE HILL 04/14/14 By Michael Shank and  Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) To hear corporate America tell it, our economic recovery is going great. The top 1 percent of earners saw their incomes grow by 31.4 percent from 2009-2012. Oil companies are seeing record profits. Unfortunately, that’s not the recovery — […]

  • How to Defuse the Ukraine Crisis

    How to Defuse the Ukraine Crisis

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/31/14 By Michael Shank Returning in March from transatlantic dialogues in Poland and Germany in which I and other policy types from Washington discussed the situation in Ukraine and Crimea with our policymaking counterparts from Warsaw, Berlin and Kiev, there is little question that we […]

  • Oil Is At The Heart Of The Ukraine Crisis

    Oil Is At The Heart Of The Ukraine Crisis

    POLITIX 03/24/14 By Michael Shank For anyone questioning the fundamental energy and resource connection to most geopolitical struggles and conflicts, the West’s wrestle with Russia over Crimea is illustrative of merely the latest energy-related conflict in a long litany of ones. While perhaps not as dramatic as America’s removal 60 […]

  • U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

    U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

    HUFFINGTON POST 03/22/14 By Michael Shank Returning home last week from Poland and Germany, as part of a United States and European Union transatlantic policymaker conversation on the crisis in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia, as well as other salient U.S.-E.U. issues like trade, climate change, and income inequality, I found […]

  • Bosnia Back on the Brink

    Bosnia Back on the Brink

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/17/14 By Michael Shank and Clint Holmes Ukraine would be wise to take a lesson from Bosnia’s economic and political turmoil. Post Arab-Spring, and now in Eastern Europe, we are witnessing the repercussions of societies that failed to deliver economic stability and growth for their […]