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December 13, 2012

Human Rights
Alas Denmark

Denmark has long been regarded as one of the world’s most attractive nations, for citizens and tourists alike. My own visits there years ago as a student were delightful. And the Danes have a wonderf…

November 16, 2017

Asia
American Asian Security Allies, Alas, Contribute More to Global Trade Imbalances Than China American Asian Security Allies, Alas, Contribute More to Global Trade Imbalances Than China

One possible U.S. international economic policy towards Asia, broadly speaking, would be to seek to align with Asia’s other economies to put more pressure on China. Xi’s rhetorical commitment to g…

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 15, 2017

United States
Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters

It is a useful indicator (even for the U.S.)

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

August 10, 2017

Gender
Pakistan taliban Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering August 4 to August 10, was compiled with …

June 16, 2017

Climate Change
President Trump announces U.S. exit from Paris Agreement The United States Left the Paris Agreement. Good.

President Trump has announced the United States will leave the Paris climate agreement. It just might save the deal. 

April 24, 2017

Monetary Policy
The Story in TIC Data Is That There Is Still No (New) Story The Story in TIC Data Is That There Is Still No (New) Story

The basic constellation in the post-BoJ QQE, post-ECB QE world marked by large surpluses in Asia and Europe but not the oil-exporters has continued. Inflows from abroad have come into the U.S. corpo…

March 10, 2017

Puerto Rico
Getting Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Baseline Right

Developments in Puerto Rico are accelerating. The long-run fiscal plan is really a critical component of PROMESA—as it is intended to be a guide both for Puerto Rico’s annual budget and for any debt …

February 22, 2017

United States
U.S. Manufacturing Exports—Excluding NAFTA—Are Surprisingly Small U.S. Manufacturing Exports—Excluding NAFTA—Are Surprisingly Small

Take out U.S. exports of manufactures to Canada and Mexico, and the United States manufacturing exports to the world are about 3 percent of U.S. GDP.* Non-NAFTA manufacturing imports are over 7 pe…