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August 13, 2018

Russia
Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt? Did Russia Really Dump Its U.S. Debt?

“Russia dumped 84% of its American debt,” blared a July CNN headline. Russian central-bank head Elvira Nabiullina said the sales were just part of “diversifying the entire structure of currencies…

July 23, 2018

International Economic Policy
Dashboard 1 Is Trump Right About the Strong Dollar? Not According to Our Mini Mac Index.

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July 8, 2010

Palestinian Territories
Benjamin Netanyahu

Related Readings: 'Critical' Moment for Obama, Netanyahu Interview with Robert Danin Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel  

June 25, 2018

United States
Is the Fall in Foreign Treasury Holdings a Trump Dump? Is the Fall in Foreign Treasury Holdings a Trump Dump?

“In the age of Trump,” warned a Bloomberg op-ed last year, “America’s biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second thoughts about financing the U.S. government.” Today, with Trump piling …

June 19, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness Trump’s Tariffs Are Hurting U.S. Competitiveness

President Trump is seeking to reduce the U.S. trade deficit through tariffs, but logic and historical data show that his strategy will not help American jobs, growth or exports. Worse, loss of access to foreign parts amid a trade war will hurt American companies that depend on them to stay globally competitive.

June 13, 2018

Trade
Trump Tariffs Slam Canada, EU—Not China Trump Tariffs Slam Canada, EU—Not China

At the recent G-7 Summit meeting in Quebec, the first such summit ever to fail to produce a joint communiqué, President Trump served notice to America’s allies that his country had no shared interest…

February 28, 2018

China
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks as China's new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017. China Is Likely to Enter Another Long Period of Severe Dictatorship

Term limits for the leadership are not usually found in dictatorships. The Chinese Communist Party’s proposed abolition of China’s presidential term limit means that it has forgotten one of the main …

May 7, 2018

Emerging Markets
Should We Fear a Tighten Tantrum? Should We Fear a Tighten Tantrum?

Back in May 2013, then-Fed Chair Ben Bernanke roiled emerging markets (EM) with the mere suggestion that the Fed might soon pare back its monthly asset purchases under so-called quantitative easi…

April 18, 2018

China
China’s Currency Internationalization Is Failing; Oil Futures Won’t Rescue It China’s Currency Internationalization Is Failing; Oil Futures Won’t Rescue It

As we documented in a post one year ago, what The Economist once called the “unstoppable” internationalization of China’s currency—the RMB—has been stopped. Indeed, reversed. As the left-hand …

July 17, 2018

Health Policy and Initiatives
Girls with U.S. and Kenya flags wait to greet U.S. Ambassador to Kenya as he visits a President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project for girls' empowerment in Nairobi, Kenya. To End the HIV Epidemic, Focus on Sexual Violence Prevention

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Gary M. Cohen and…