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Congress Should Scrutinize Pending Trade Pacts

Congress Should Scrutinize Pending Trade Pacts

July 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

POLITIX 07/05/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama’s decision to suspend trade relations with Bangladesh due to worker safety concerns sets new a precedent for two major trade deals on the administration’s docket – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These proposed pacts […]

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We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

November 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

FOX NEWS 11/24/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he […]

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The Surprising $1.5 Trillion Fix to the Fiscal Cliff

The Surprising $1.5 Trillion Fix to the Fiscal Cliff

November 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

POLITICO 11/24-25/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he must […]

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Need a Thoughtful, Efficient Legal Immigration Process

Need a Thoughtful, Efficient Legal Immigration Process

November 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

AL JAZEERA 11/21/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013, he […]

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World Bank Needs Jeffrey Sachs

World Bank Needs Jeffrey Sachs

March 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

THE HILL 03/01/12 By Michael Shank With Robert Zoellick stepping down from the World Bank helm, there is no better time for a development economist with solid on-the-ground and substantial international experience – like Dr. Jeffrey Sachs – to take his place. There are three clear reasons for this. The […]

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Restarting Relations with Venezuela

Restarting Relations with Venezuela

March 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 03/26/10 By Michael Shank Traveling recently in a congressional staff delegation to Venezuela, I found my experience was not too dissimilar from my previous experiences in Syria and Iran. This is not to say that I am aggregating these three states into some kind of axis-of-evil or rogue […]

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Americans Find a Rash of Contradictions in Venezuela

Americans Find a Rash of Contradictions in Venezuela

March 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

ROLL CALL 03/24/10 By Michael Shank Traveling recently on a Congressional staff delegation to Venezuela, my experience was not too dissimilar from my previous experiences in Syria and Iran. This is not to say that I am aggregating these three states into some kind of axis-of-evil or rogue state conglomerate, […]

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Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

April 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm

PEACE & CHANGE: A JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH Vol. 33, Issue 2, April 08 By Michael Shank and Lisa Schirch Abstract The arts offer peacebuilders unique tools for transforming intractable interpersonal, intercommunal, national, and global conflicts – tools that are not currently prevalent or available within the peacebuilding field. The […]

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Tough Stand on Musharraf is Critical for U.S.’s Credibility

Tough Stand on Musharraf is Critical for U.S.’s Credibility

November 7, 2007 at 10:31 pm

THE HILL 11/07/07 By Michael Shank In the Nov. 6 article “Pakistan’s emergency may mean its aid is cut,” Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are teaching the U.S. Defense and State departments a valuable lesson vis-a-vis the critical importance of a consistent U.S. foreign policy. Contrary to […]

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