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January 18, 2017

china-intervention-reserve-accumulation China’s WTO Entry, 15 Years On

Late last year Tim Duy asked for an assessment of the decision to allow China to join the WTO, now that 15 years have passed. Greg Ip met the call well before I did, in a remarkable essay. But …

April 1, 2016

Teaching Notes State Capitalism.jpg State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World

Teaching Notes for State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World by CFR Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Joshua Kurlantzick.

November 9, 2009

2009.10.30.GlobalSupplyChain Global Supply Chain

Over the last decade, Asia has developed into a major manufacturing base for the developed world. This relationship has provided mutual benefits: the West has received cheap goods while the East ha…

March 17, 2009

China's Foreign Assets China's Foreign Assets

China’s holdings of foreign assets have grown dramatically this decade. During the past few years their risk appetite grew as they purchased increasing amounts of foreign equities and corporate bon…

June 7, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama adjusts his translators ear piece. Obama and Xi: Can the United States and China Speak the Same Language?

Leading up to today’s summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the drumbeat from Beijing has been consistent and insistent: China and the United States should buil…

October 17, 2013

United States
Delegations from Iran, the United States, and other world powers sit before the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva October 15, 2013 (Coffrini/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Iran Negotiations, Syria Pre-Negotiations, and Egypt Moots Legislation

Significant Developments Iran. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU negotiator Catherine Ashton issued a joint statement yesterday, following talks between the P5+1 countries and Iran, annou…

March 15, 2009

Monetary Policy
SAFE seems to have started buying US equities in the spring of 2007, and didn’t stop until July 2008 ... SAFE seems to have started buying US equities in the spring of 2007, and didn’t stop until July 2008 ...

Jamil Anderlini of the FT has picked up on one of the surprises of the latest survey of foreign portfolio investment in the US: the $70 billion rise in China’s holdings of US equities between June 20…

November 18, 2011

International Organizations
Why Women Matter in Peacebuilding Why Women Matter in Peacebuilding

An Afghan man from the Badghis region of northern Afghanistan speaks with Sima Samar (R), the deputy chairperson of the Loya Jirga grand assembly, in Kabul June 15, 2002. (Caren Firouz/ Courtesy Reut…

July 21, 2009

Monetary Policy
SAFE, state capitalist?

One of the questions raised by the expansion of sovereign wealth funds – back when sovereign funds were growing rapidly on the back of high oil prices and Asian countries’ increased willingness to ta…

May 3, 2012

United States
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak sits across from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 29, 2012 (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Cease-fire Tatters, Former Israeli Security Officials Speak out on Iran

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The United Nations announced today that the three-week old truce in Syria "is not holding." Major General Robert Mood, chief of the UN Supervision Mission…