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January 4, 2005

Is the US a generous country?

I am not sure I want to wade into this debate.But I am pretty sure that Carol Adelman did not prove her case in today’s New York Times.Her argument is that aid flows are being privatized, and if you …

March 2, 2006

United States
It is official: the current account deficit doesn’t stem from a boom in investment in intangible assets

OK, maybe not official.  But the Economist, drawing on the work of Carol Corrado, Dan Sichel and Charles Hulten, has the key chart.  Check it out. Investment - including investment in intangible asse…

December 24, 2007

Economics
Holiday ice-blogging

Kansas isn't quite as icy as it was two weeks ago, but it did snow two days ago.(photo credit: Carole Setser)I plan to focus on eating and drinking over the next few days -- I'll resume posti…

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December 24, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Vacation Time

Above the fold. So President Obama is now off on vacation in Hawaii. He presumably will enjoy it, having crossed repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and passage of the New START Treaty off his to…

Friday File: Vacation Time

April 26, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Ron Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) The third time is the charm. That’s at least what Ron Paul hopes. An unsuccessful…

Republican presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)

April 1, 2012

International Organizations
Don’t Worry Be Happy: The UN Happiness Summit

At first glance, this Monday’s high-level event in the UN General Assembly would appear to confirm the worst suspicions of UN skeptics. Given all the crises engulfing the globe, what geniuses in New …

Women, their teeth red from chewing betel nuts, laugh at a vegetable market in Bhutanese capital Thimpu, October 23, 2006 (Gopal Chitrakar/Courtesy Reuters).

March 30, 2013

Asia
Is Democracy in Reverse?

In today’s Los Angeles Times, longtime foreign correspondent Carol Williams poses a wide-ranging series of questions about my new book Democracy in Retreat. You can see the whole interview here.

An anti-government protester sits in front of riot police near the Government house in Bangkok on November 24, 2012.

July 15, 2014

Israel
On the Death of a Friend in Israel

On the Death of a Friend in Israel My friend Elhanan Harlev died on July 1st after a long illness. We had an odd friendship. He was an Israeli by way of Germany and Argentina. I am a kid from Long I…

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November 25, 2014

United States
Why Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigned

Gopal Ratnam, “Picking Up the Pieces at the Pentagon,” ForeignPolicy.com, November 25, 2014. Although the White House portrayed Hagel’s departure as a usual cabinet change post a midterm election th…

Hagel Resignation

December 22, 2014

United States
Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2014 who throu…

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