Testimony on Venezuela to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

I am sharing my recent testimony on the role of Russia and China in Venezuela, to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. The testimony is available at the website of the Subcommittee for the Western Hemisphere at http://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA07/20170913/106398/HHRG-115-FA07-Wst....

Guatemala - The Military in a Supporting Role in the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime

I am sharing a newly published study on the work of the Guatemalan military, in support of the national police and other authorities in that country, in combatting narcotrafficking, gangs, and other transnational organized crime threats. 

Trump Retreats on Korean Trade

Here is my essay on the Foreign Affairs website on how Trump was forced to back down on his plan to withdraw from KORUS—at least for now.

10-Year Retrospective: Lesson 1

The first in a series on lessons of the global financial crisis.

The financial crisis showed up the defects of monetary models. These in turn reflected a flawed idea of money. That is why central banks failed to anticipate the crisis and could not deal with it effectively when it arrived. That is the message of The Money Trap.

The Three Choices for Tax Reform

Trump administration officials and GOP leaders in Congress are still putting together their tax plan. Nevertheless, the early signs point to decisions that could sink the project or produce changes that would jeopardize economic growth.


The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), often described as the central bank for central banks, recently published its take on FinTech. The BIS's Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's report, "Implications of fintech developments for banks and bank supervisors," handily summarizes the changing face of banking:

Gangs, Guns, Drugs and Islamic Foreign Fighters: Security Challenges in Trinidad and Tobago

I am sharing my latest work on security challenges in Trinidad and Tobago, based on interviews with security experts in the country during my recent trip to Port of Spain. This report originally appeared in Global Americans.

From August 24-31, 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Trinidad and Tobago, just off the north coast of South America, to speak with defense and security experts regarding the challenges facing their country and the work of the government to confront them.

China, Russia Increase Leverage in Venezuela Amid Crisis

This report was originally published by NEWSMAX.

Battling Cancer: Partnering to Make Headway Against Medicine’s Toughest Foe

Cancer has been humanity’s most persistent nemesis. Bone fragments and written records indicate that cancer afflicted people in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. Today, cancer is America’s second leading killer, closing in on heart disease. It accounts for one quarter of U.S. deaths. [1]