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May 22, 2017

China
Can China Finance One Belt One Road Without Jeopardizing Its Own Financial Stability?

The answer, I think, is yes.  Even after Moody's downgrade.  At least so long as China's ambitions for scaling up what seems to have been a roughly a $15 billion-a-year financing program are reasonab…

Apr 20, 2017

China
RTSW41K A Superpower, But Not Yet a Global Leader

In hindsight, China’s international ascendance seems to fit well with the predictions of neorealist scholars like John Mearsheimer. Back in 1974, Deng Xiaoping declared at the United Nations that “Ch…

Nov 22, 2016

Cybersecurity
server Thinking About Long-Term Cybersecurity: A Conversation With Steven Weber and Betsy Cooper

I had a fascinating conversation with Professor Steven Weber and Dr. Betsy Cooper of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). We discussed several scenarios that CLTC developed that…

Apr 5, 2017

Monetary Policy
China's 2016 Reserve Loss Is More Manageable Than It Seems on First Glance

Martin Wolf’s important column does a wonderful job of illustrating the basic risk China poses to the world: at some point China’s savers could lose confidence in China’s increasingly wild financial …

Apr 4, 2017

Monetary Policy
China's Confusing Trade and Current Account Numbers

Has China's current account surplus disappeared? Should I declare victory and go home? I always have thought a fast-growing, high investment emerging economy should run a current account deficit, …

Mar 14, 2017

Development
Women-march-Mexico_RTS1220Z 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 from March 4 to March 10, was compiled wi…

Mar 10, 2017

Netherlands
Dutch Elections and the Future of the EU

The rise of populist Geert Wilders in the Netherlands is showcasing the pressing need for European Union reform, says expert Pieter Cleppe.

Mar 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
Wikileaks and the CIA: What’s in Vault7?

On Tuesday, Wikileaks released a huge cache of documents it said were descriptions of CIA cyber tools used to break into smartphones, computers and internet-connected TVs. Wikileaks says the document…

Feb 22, 2017

United States
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 perc…

Feb 20, 2017

Elections and Voting
The Presidential Seal in the White House in Washington TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-four men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enough…