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January 6, 2006

Monetary Policy
Read Andrew Balls and Geoff Dyer on Chinese reserve management

I strongly recommend the latest by Balls (in DC) and Dyer (in Shanghai). It covers both sides of the "does China's reserve management matter" debate.  But it gets two key points absolutely right:…

March 9, 2018

Cybersecurity
A 5G logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Cyber Week in Review: March 9, 2018

This week: CFIUS delays a hostile takeover of Qualcomm; Reddit opens up about Russian rolling; backlash to RSA's lack of diversity; Chinese security researchers blocked from attending Pwn2Own.

August 29, 2017

United States
A Louisville, Kentucky, monument to a Confederate officer vandalized in August. Why Battles Over Memory Rage On

Protests over the removal of Confederate monuments show that the U.S. Civil War’s emancipatory purpose remains contested a century and a half later.

May 4, 2017

United States
Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters) Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

March 30, 2017

South Africa
African Judges An Independent Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Africa

Geoff Hill writes in a credible Daily Maverick (South Africa) op-ed that people across Africa want the rule of law, and they are demanding it more and more, often from their local judiciaries. But Af…

December 12, 2016

Trade
rtsu9bo-trump-carrier Trumponomics: Can He Move Beyond Bluster to a Competitiveness Policy?

It was hard not to root for President-elect Donald Trump when he went to the Carrier air conditioning factory in Indianapolis to announce a deal to save about 800 jobs the company had planned to move…

December 1, 2016

China
asian-goods-trade-balance China’s Vision for a Regional Trading Block Has its Own Challenges

One oft-made argument is that with Trump’s decision not to move forward with the TPP, China has an opportunity to fill the regional trade void. Chinese policy makers are certainly pushing their regio…

December 17, 2008

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Iran Uncertain About Obama’s Intentions

Gareth Porter, a veteran journalist and historian just returned from Iran, says early optimism that President-elect Barack Obama would open a new dialogue with Iran has dissipated.

September 1, 2016

United States
A helicopter picks up U.S. soldiers after a night raid in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. Debating the Legality of the Post-9/11 ‘Forever War’

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, has been cited by the Bush and Obama administrations as sanctioning …

February 16, 2018

Russia
Play Adam B. Schiff The Russia Probe and U.S. National Security: A Conversation With U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff

Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) discusses the national security implications of Russia's U.S. election interference, and the security concerns associated with North Korea and withdrawing from the Joint Compreh…