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September 16, 2008

Financial Markets
Lehman v Argentina

I am guilty of instinctively comparing large defaults to the Argentina’s default. That is the largest default that I know well. And Lehman qualifies as a large default. John Jansen reports one …

July 25, 2018

North Korea
The End of War and the North Korean Model for Working Toward “Complete Denuclearization” The End of War and the North Korean Model for Working Toward “Complete Denuclearization”

The weeks following the Singapore summit have thus far not delivered a clear public roadmap or timeline for how and when it will be possible to achieve peace or denuclearization following the Kim-Tru…

July 23, 2018

China
China’s Currency Is Back in Play China’s Currency Is Back in Play

China's currency is getting awfully close to some key levels, levels where in the past China has resisted further depreciation. The signals China sends from here on will be critical.

July 19, 2018

North Korea
Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

November 7, 2016

Wars and Conflict
rb How Everything Became War: A Conversation With Rosa Brooks

I was lucky enough to speak with Rosa Brooks about her recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon. Rosa is law professor at Georgetown Universi…

July 10, 2018

Europe
Ints Kalnins/Reuters Trump Goes to Europe

President Trump goes to Europe this week. Its leaders are bracing for the impact.

July 2, 2018

United States
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

June 14, 2018

Laos
A Great Place to Have a War Teaching Notes A Great Place to Have a War

Teaching Notes for A Great Place to Have a War, written by CFR Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick, on the story of the CIA's covert war in Laos during the Vietnam War.

May 10, 2012

Trade
Seattle, Washington has an aviation cluster with facilities such as the final assembly plant for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, seen here at Boeing Field after its maiden flight in December 2009. (Robert Sorbo/Courtesy Reuters) Morning Brief: Brookings Maps U.S. Manufacturing

The Brookings Institution released a comprehensive report on the geography of U.S. manufacturing and found that different areas specialize in different sectors. Almost 95 percent of very high-tech an…