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Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Angela Merkel is About to Pay for All Her Blunders

| Feb. 26, 2018

On German television in July 2015, Merkel had reduced a young Palestinian refugee to tears by explaining that her family might have to face deportation. “There are thousands and thousands of people in Palestinian refugee camps,” the chancellor explained. “If we now say, ‘You can all come’ . . . . we just cannot manage that.” The waterworks worked. Six weeks later, Merkel had opened the gates of Germany and declared: “We can manage that.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and UK representative to the EU Tim Barrow arrive for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on June 22, 2017 (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo).

AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Borders Are Back and A New Game Looms

| Sep. 26, 2017

The world itself is not in a globalist mood. Brexit is about reasserting sovereignty, above all over immigration. Angela Merkel was reelected as German chancellor on Sunday, but her party’s share of the vote was reduced, mainly because she lost control of Germany’s borders two years ago. And Trump himself clings to his election promise to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, as well as to exclude from the United States the citizens of mainly Muslim countries associated with terrorism. 

Senators from both parties listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Bipartisan President

| Sep. 18, 2017

It seems like the craziest idea in modern American political history. A Republican president, whose party controls both houses of Congress and who enjoys enduring popularity among Republican voters, is playing footsie with the Democrats. The ghastly possibility is dawning on Trump’s most ardent supporters on the right that he might be contemplating outright defection, to become the first bipartisan president in American history.

A Syrian woman, who fled her home in Aleppo due to government shelling, rests while her son constructs a makeshift tent made of sheets, as they take refuge at Bab Al-Salameh crossing border, hoping to cross to one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

Policy Brief - Council on Foreign Relations Press Foreign Affairs

What Do Syrians Want Their Future to Be?

| May 1, 2017

"An overwhelming majority of those we surveyed—close to 90 percent—embraced the idea of returning to Syria when the war is over. These interviews thus provide a rare glimpse into the views of those who consider themselves part of the country’s future. A number of lessons about how Syrians envision the future of their country stand out, many of which undermine the prevailing wisdom about the conflict and the peace process."

Students gather in the Rotunda at the Texas Capitol to oppose SB4, an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law, as the Texas House prepares to debate the bill, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AP Photo/Eric Gay

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The fight over sanctuary cities is a good fight to have

| Apr. 28, 2017

"The left is hyperventilating and pretending they care about the stress and strain that law enforcement officers will feel if they are required to enforce laws that are already on the books. If anything, law enforcement in liberal jurisdictions are stressed because they are often forced to look the other way when they know a dangerous element is roaming free within the population that they are sworn to serve and protect. In sanctuary cities, police are often put in a position where they can only act if summoned by a 911 call after the fact."

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Q&A: Immigration and Terrorism

| Spring 2017

In response to the Trump administration’s rollout of aggressive policies on immigration and travel, Farah Pandith and Ayaan Hirsi Ali­—both senior fellows with the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project—have shared their contrasting views in media interviews.