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July 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Scott Walker, GOP Presidential Candidate

Twelve Americans have become president without having earned a college degree. (Two of them are on Mount Rushmore.) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who studied at Marquette University but left befor…

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 13, 2015.

April 29, 2008

Emerging Markets
Borders still matter; “the world isn’t as flat as it used to be”

On Monday, Bob Davis of the Wall Street Journal argued that the world isn’t flat, or at least it “isn’t as flat as it used to be.” National borders matter more. Barriers to the free flow of go…

March 13, 2013

Defense and Security
Worldwide Threats Briefing Highlights

Yesterday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) held its annual open hearing on “National Security Threats to the United States.” First started in 1994, the hearing is the rare instance…

Clapper and Brennan

January 4, 2012

International Organizations
What Will The World Decide in 2012?

The New Year's Eve Ball in New York City (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters). “Summit fatigue” may be widespread, but demands on the world’s leaders just keep growing. Here are a half a dozen major me…

What Will The World Decide in 2012?

November 21, 2005

China
Keith Bradsher demolishes the myth that China is a great market for American goods

The money quote in Bradsher's article in last Friday's New York Times comes from Matthew Crabbe: "The only US-produced items that I can think exist in large quantities in China are dollars bi…

May 22, 2007

China
No one covers the debate on China’s macroeconomic policy better than Richard McGregor

McGregor’s long analysis piece in today's Financial Times (free link here) shows why.  It is the best summary of China’s macroeconomic policy challenges – and the contractions associated with Chi…

September 19, 2011

International Organizations
Trade Policy in the ICU

A container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked in the Port of Oakland in California. (Beck Diefenbach/ Courtesy Reuters) After World War II, the United States spearheaded a his…

Trade Policy in the ICU

April 20, 2008

Economics
Inequality in America

Unions in the American manufacturing sector used to have the bargaining power to secure a middle class wage for their members. Not any more. And no one else – apart from corporate CEOs, hedge fu…

February 3, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: 2012 National Security Threat Assessment, Drone Strikes, and More

2012 THREAT ASSESSMENT Selections from the Hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, "World Wide Threats," January 31, 2012. Senator Fienstein: Closer to home, since our hearing las…

National intelligence hearing

April 27, 2006

Unpleasant balance of payments math — why the interest rate matters for dark matter

Bill Cline of the IIE rightly took Nouriel and me to task (politely) for assuming that the average return on US FDI abroad would equal the average return on foreign FDI in the US in our 2004 paper on…

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