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Jobs Index Shows Dismal Outlook for US Workers

Jobs Index Shows Dismal Outlook for US Workers

October 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

ROLL CALL 10/23/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN) This month, the first-ever global ranking of countries based on the quantity — and quality — of their jobs was released. The JustJobs Index uses empirical data to provide workers around the world with a simple answer to […]

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Security in Yemen

Security in Yemen

September 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

POLICY BRIEF: SECURITY IN YEMEN  September 2014 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The […]

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Military-First is the Wrong Approach Toward Africa

Military-First is the Wrong Approach Toward Africa

August 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

POLITIX 08/07/14 By Michael Shank As President Barack Obama hosts the Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C. this week, it’s important for the president to put on the front-burner policies that promote peace on the continent. Instead of prioritizing counter-terrorism, resource extractive or aid-only agendas – which is what has […]

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Violence or Vaccines: Which Path for US in Africa?

Violence or Vaccines: Which Path for US in Africa?

August 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

REUTERS 08/06/14 By Michael Shank Africa is the new frontier for the U.S. Defense Department. The Pentagon has applied counterterrorism tactics throughout the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Central and South Asia. Now it is monitoring the African continent for counterterrorism initiatives. It staged more than 546 military […]

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America Needs a ‘Reset’ in Policy Toward Somalia

America Needs a ‘Reset’ in Policy Toward Somalia

July 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

POLITIX 07/01/14 By Michael Shank At next month’s Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C., it’ll be important for President Barack Obama to refrain from prioritizing counter-terrorism, resource extractive or aid-only agendas – which is what has dominated White House policies in the past – and pursue, instead, a more just […]

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Yemen’s Chaos

Yemen’s Chaos

May 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

NATIONAL REVIEW 05/22/14 By Michael Shank The drone memo matters, but what the West is failing to do on the ground matters more. In Washington, D.C., it is rare for any adversarial country to remain in the forefront of foreign policy for very long. Yemen is an excellent example of […]

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The Harm in Hashtags

The Harm in Hashtags

May 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

NATIONAL REVIEW 05/12/14 By Michael Shank What should be haram (“forbidden” in Arabic) in dealing with Nigeria’s now infamous and increasingly violent Boko Haram, after the group kidnapped more than 250 schoolgirls last month, is an approach that is as rudimentary as that of the kidnappers themselves. The group, officially […]

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Yemen Remains in Crisis With an Untrustworthy Transitional Government

Yemen Remains in Crisis With an Untrustworthy Transitional Government

May 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

CDN 05/09/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 —  Trust is essential for any society to function. If it’s not there, political and economic progress is impossible. That’s exactly what’s happening in Yemen right now. From the public’s perspective in Sana’a, the transitional government cannot be trusted, nor can […]

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Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana’a

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana’a

May 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 05/09/14 By Michael Shank This week in Yemen – with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace – is reaffirming for many in Washington the preconditioned negative image of the country, one predominantly characterized by al Qaeda’s […]

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Letter From Yemen: How to Undermine al-Qaida

Letter From Yemen: How to Undermine al-Qaida

May 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

ROLL CALL 05/08/14 By Michael Shank For many in Congress, Yemen evokes a predominantly negative image, one characterized by al-Qaida. Recent targeting of German and Russian nationals in Sana’a doesn’t help. Preparing for my recent trip there, I was warned about kidnapping. While kidnapping of foreigners is not uncommon, my […]

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