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August 11, 2006

United States
bs_chart1 Despite what Lex says, the euro/ dollar does matter

Dean Baker’s critique of Monday’s Lex column on the dollar was on the mark.  Lex made rather selective use of the facts to argue that dollar depreciation (and renminbi appreciation) has little impact…

January 16, 2006

Financial Markets
The FT’s Lex Blows It: There are a lot more than $125 billion petrodollars out there

I am a big fan of the FT.  But occasionally, it lets me down.  Today for example.The Lex column argues that there is no petrodollar "mystery" because there are no petrodollars circulating through the…

July 8, 2009

Europe and Eurasia
200976flexibleandfired20 Unemployment

Until the economic crisis, many praised the U.S. model of flexible labor markets for promoting faster growth and low unemployment. But flexibility has a cost: the United States is leading the G7 in…

April 19, 2012

Myanmar
U.S. Policy Options Toward Myanmar

Joshua Kurlantzick and Lex Rieffel assess the challenges and opportunities of modifying U.S. political and economic policy toward Myanmar.

June 12, 2013

Global
The Dilemma of Humanitarian Intervention

Global support for the "responsibility to protect" doctrine weakened after the UN-endorsed no-fly zone that helped topple Libya’s regime, and debate continues over the threshold for mounting armed hu…

April 19, 2012

Myanmar
U.S. Policy Options Toward Myanmar

Following Myanmar's April by-elections, the United States and others have discussed the possibility of lifting sanctions, opening aid and investment opportunities, and normalizing diplomatic relation…

September 30, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
Play RTX1SAQI_EC.jpg A Global Response to the Mediterranean Migration Crisis

Experts discuss international approaches to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

April 1, 2013

Asia
Riot policemen form up near a fire during riots in Meikhtila on March 22, 2013. Myanmar: Listen to the Warnings

Over the past two weeks, anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar, which last year had seemed confined to the western state of Rakhine where the religious conflict was intertwined with issues of residency and…

June 6, 2012

Asia
Myanmar's President Thein Sein (pictured) abruptly canceled his visit to the recent World Economic Forum in Bangkok. Disturbing Signs of Myanmar’s Reforms Coming Undone

Over the past two weeks, there have been a number of signs that Myanmar’s fragile reform process, first put on track about a year and a half ago, is facing serious obstacles that, at times, have been…

March 24, 2009

Economic Crises
Primer: The Financial Stability Plan

A brief look at how the U.S. government plans to use taxpayer funds and other incentives to cleanse the balance sheets of banks and revitalize credit markets.