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March 29, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Moody's-Credit-Rating-Ramaphosa Moody’s Signals its Confidence in Ramaphosa With Credit Rating

Moody’s Investors Service kept South Africa’s credit rating at investor grade, though it is still only one notch above junk, and changed its outlook for the country to stable.

January 25, 2011

Overinterpreting Carol Browner’s Departure

News last night that energy czar Carol Browner will be leaving the Obama administration has been roundly interpreted as the death knell for serious climate policy. Politico reports several reactions:…

June 22, 2012

Trade
The Manhattan headquarters of Morgan Stanley, who received a ratings downgrade of two notches from Moody's (Andrew Burton/Courtesy Reuters). Morning Brief: Moody’s Downgrades Large Banks

Rating agency Moody’s Investors Service downgraded fifteen of the world’s largest banks by assets, including five of the six largest U.S. banks (Reuters). A Moody’s managing director explained: “All …

March 23, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Pravin-Godhan-Corruption-SOE Ramaphosa Administration Moves to Clean Up SOEs in South Africa

is seeking to get a handle rationalize the financial commitments of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and promising whole-sale personnel changes

February 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
malawi Women and Girls in STEAM Education

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Carol Jenkins, …

January 8, 2018

China
China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017 Year in Review: Chinese Cyber Sovereignty in Action

2017 was a year of great energy and activism for China in cyberspace, with the Chinese leadership pushing on three interconnected fronts: information control; cybersecurity; and international norms a…

December 29, 2017

Rohingya
Rohingya refugee women cry while crossing the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain The Top Ten South Asia Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to assess which stories from South Asia had the most impact. By this I mean which events or ongoing developments shaped a country or the South Asian region, or had …

May 31, 2017

China
China pays more than other similarly-ranked countries on its government debt Downgraded China Doth Protest Too Much

Moody’s recently downgraded China’s credit rating from Aa3 to A1, on expectations that the country’s debt stock—already over 250 percent of GDP—will rise further with slowing potential growth. Chines…

May 22, 2017

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