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June 21, 2018

China
What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio? What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

Just how important have foreign inflows been to the Treasury market?  

June 20, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC-Kabila-Elections-Protest-Opposition Podcast: Scene Setter for Planned December Election in Congo

Though Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala of Democratic Republic of Congo officially announced on June 12 that President Joseph Kabila would not stand for a controversial third term, this has not ended speculation that Kabila, whose term of office expired in 2016, will find a way to continue to stay in power. Shortly thereafter, in what will surely complicate the election, the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president, an ex-warlord, and a fierce rival of Kabila.

June 7, 2018

Gambia
Gambia-Adama-Barrow-President-Donor-Jammeh Gambia’s Tiny Populations Belies Its Enormous Example

President Adama Barrow is seeking support for his government’s comprehensive National Development Program, which is intended to rebuild the economy so that young Gambians have fewer reasons to flee to Europe.

June 6, 2018

North Korea
Singapore-White House-10.23.2017 Why Singapore is the Right Place for the Trump-Kim Summit

Among the possible contenders mentioned for the summit between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un—Sweden, the Korean DMZ, Mongolia, Switzerland, as well as much more u…

May 11, 2018

Eurozone
Ireland Exports its Leprechaun Ireland Exports its Leprechaun

Irish tax distortions have a material impact on aggregate eurozone economic data.

April 13, 2018

Thailand
Previewing the U.S. Treasury’s April Foreign Exchange Report Previewing the U.S. Treasury’s April Foreign Exchange Report

The U.S. Treasury Department’s next foreign exchange report is due on April 15—so it should come out soon, maybe even tonight. Normally the section on China attracts all the attention. But righ…

April 11, 2018

Peru
Martin Vizcarra speaks after being sworn in as Peru's President at the congress building in Lima, Peru, March 23, 2018. Can Peru’s President Chart a New Path?

President Martín Vizcarra could be the man to break the thirty-year long corruption chain, but first, he must master the nearly impossible political terrain that undid his predecessor.

April 5, 2018

Mexico
A union worker holds a placard as she protests outside Pemex headquarters to demand better contracts for technicians and other professionals, in Mexico City, Mexico November 7, 2017. The placard reads: "The oil is from the nation" Mexico's Election Could Leave Its Economy in Limbo — No Matter Who Wins

Pena Nieto’s structural reforms in Mexico have yielded a few quick gains, mostly in telecom prices and access to credit, but most of the benefits are yet to come. However many may not, as justified frustration with the government’s fiscal mismanagement and corruption leads voters to turn away from a more open economic model before the advantages appear.

March 28, 2018

Southeast Asia
Prayuth-Chan-Ocha_01.09.2018 Will Thailand Actually Hold an Election?

As Thai political parties register to compete in early 2019, the ruling junta may yet again delay promised elections.

March 27, 2018

Russia
Russian flag flies over Seattle consulate. What’s Next for Russia’s Relations With the West?

The expulsion of Russian diplomats by more than twenty governments is a remarkable show of unity and a deepening of Moscow’s rift with the West.