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November 17, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-no-coup-Mugabe-Military Responding to Coups That Aren’t Coups

Spokesmen are insisting that the military’s intervention earlier this week in which it placed President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest and took over the state television station …

October 30, 2017

United States
Apple’s Exports Aren’t Missing: They Are in Ireland Apple’s Exports Aren’t Missing: They Are in Ireland

Goods made in China flow through Ireland before returning to China, and the many other ways tax influences the balance of payments.

October 2, 2017

Myanmar
Min Aung Hlaing_3.27.2017 Why Aren’t Myanmar’s Military Leaders Facing More Punishment?

Since late August, when attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts in Myanmar led to a massive reprisal by the army and other security forces in Rakhine State, the country has witnessed some of i…

February 9, 2018

Myanmar
A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017. The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

February 7, 2018

United States
Do Not Overlook the December Trade Data Do Not Overlook the December Trade Data

The increase in the non-oil trade deficit in December should be getting more attention. It matters more than the year-over-year rise in the 2017 trade deficit.

May 17, 2017

Gender
Female migrant construction workers in China Why Aren't There More Women in the Labor Force Across the Globe?

Gallup and the International Labor Organization (ILO) recently released a landmark report on global attitudes toward women and work. Based on a study conducted across 142 countries and territories…

January 17, 2018

China
A Few Words on China’s Holdings of U.S. Bonds A Few Words on China’s Holdings of U.S. Bonds

A primer on China reserve watching.

January 16, 2018

Thailand
Thailand is Really, and I Mean Really, Close to Meeting the Treasury’s Manipulation Criteria Thailand is Really, and I Mean Really, Close to Meeting the Treasury’s Manipulation Criteria

The Treasury's April foreign exchange report should be interesting. Thailand hasn't been included in past foreign exchange reports.  Yet it is likely to meet all three of the criteria set out in t…

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
IsraelBarrierJerusalem Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

January 5, 2018

United States
tax backgrounder header How Will the Tax Overhaul Affect U.S. Competitiveness?

President Trump and Republican lawmakers say their tax legislation will increase the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses, but experts are divided over whether it will spur growth, and many are …