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June 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs July August 2018 Cover What Kind of World are We Living In?

“Life today seems like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs. It seems as i…

May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Attacks-Maiduguri Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

March 19, 2012

Capital Flows
Where Have All the Profits Gone? Karl Marx Could Have Told You Where Have All the Profits Gone? Karl Marx Could Have Told You

    Since 2009, labor’s share of income in the United States has plummeted while personal dividend income as a percentage of disposable income has soared. This is not surprising for the ear…

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

April 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia
The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account with a message about OPEC policy is seen on April 20, 2018. Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy: Reading the Tea Leaves of the Trump Tweet on OPEC

During his visit to the United States, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inopportunely noted in an interview with Reuters news service that Saudi Arabia was “working on moving from a model agree…

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…

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

December 15, 2017

United States
Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters

It is a useful indicator (even for the U.S.)

June 19, 2017

Global
TWNW Reading What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast last week. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, senior fellow for Women and Foreign Policy and best…

June 1, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
The Danger Grows in Bahrain

The government of Bahrain has just shut down the main secular opposition group in the country, the National Democratic Action Society or "Waad." Deutsche Welle tells the story:   A court in Bahrai…