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November 1, 2005

Balance of payments math for the Economist (and some thoughts on Chinese banks)

The Economist - byline Bejing, Hong Kong, Shanghai.The quote: "No country can sustainably invest more than it saves ..."As most of you know, I generally agree with that sentiment, though it is certai…

November 30, 2005

Financial Markets
Tracking petrodollars (or petroeuros) — once more

I tend to agree with Stephen Roach more often than naught.   But every now and again, I do disagree with him.  And I am not convinced that petrodollars, are well, no longer petrodollars.   That is, t…

February 28, 2007

Why is China’s government trying so hard to hold down China’s current living standard? And investing so much of China’s savings in depreciating assets?

Dr. DeLong is engaged is a rather spirited debate over at TPMCafe – one that mirrors the debate inside the Democratic party.  It is a debate over trade, but it also is a debate over US grand strategy…

October 12, 2010

North Korea
Apparent Heir: Kim Jong Un’s Ascension and The Challenge to South Korea

Having spent the past week in Seoul in the aftermath of the September 28 Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) conference and on the eve of the unprecedented 65th anniversary celebrations of the WPK’s foun…

Apparent Heir: Kim Jong Un’s Ascension and The Challenge to South Korea

December 6, 2010

Impunity – The Obstacle in Southeast Asia

Wreaths of flowers are placed near the scene of a stampede in Phnom Penh. (Chor Sokunthea/Courtesy Reuters) In the wake of the awful stampede that took place at a water festival in Phnom Penh in lat…

Wreaths of flowers are placed near the scene of a stampede in Phnom Penh

February 9, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE Remembers: Joseph McCarthy’s Wheeling Speech

Sixty-one years ago tonight Sen. Joseph McCarthy gave the speech to the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia that ushered in the ugly era of McCarthyism. McCarthy was beginning his f…

Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

February 28, 2011

Political Movements
Fathers and Sons

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gestures as he speaks during an interview on state television, in this still image taken from video on February 24, 2011 (Reuters/Courtesy Reuters…

Fathers and Sons

March 1, 2011

Technology and Innovation
South Korea’s 97 Billion Dollar Question: What is Green Growth?

Jill Kosch O’Donnell is a former Junior Associate of The Asia Foundation and is a writer in Washington, DC. In an interview with the Korea Herald earlier this year, Hur Dong-Soo, CEO of Korea’s GS C…

Lee Myung-back Receives Zayed International Prize for Environment

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Obama Versus the Framers

I noted in a post earlier today that President Obama can make a credible legal case—if he were ever forced to make one—that he had all the authority he needed to order Operation Odyssey Dawn. But his…

Independence Hall

April 10, 2011

Politics and Government
The Egyptian Armed Forces: Guns & Roses

Army soldiers walk past people shouting anti-constitutional amendment slogans during a protest in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) The violence during the wee hours of Saturday morning in Tahrir S…

The Egyptian Armed Forces: Guns & Roses