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November 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
WhatsApp Building a Defensible Cyberspace

It is commonly understood that cyberspace favors attackers over the defenders. A new report argues that flipping the offense-defence balance is possible. 

May 4, 2008

Financial Markets
The Economist and Goldman on oil and the dollar

I liked the lede of this week’s economist story on the Fed, the dollar and oil: “THE spirit of St Augustine hovered over the Federal Reserve this week. “Oh Lord, let us stop cutting interest rates…

February 18, 2007

China
Goldman: PBoC using swaps to limit reserve growth

Goldman seems to have confirmed something that I -- and, for that matter, Stephen Green of Standard Chartered and Louis Kuijs of the World Bank -- have suspected for a while: China's "true" reser…

October 10, 2017

Space
A remodeled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company, satellites owned by Orbcomm, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The Outer Space Treaty’s Midlife Funk

The following is a guest post by Kyle Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of th…

August 31, 2017

Global Governance
Danish Siddiqui/Reuters How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

July 26, 2017

Venezuela
A demonstrator during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela. Can Venezuela Resurrect Its Economy?

President Nicolas Maduro has neither the desire nor the capacity to institute the market reforms and debt restructuring needed to revive Venezuela’s sinking economy, says economist Ricardo Hausmann.

June 16, 2017

China
China Isn’t Going to Run Out of Reserves Anytime Soon China Isn’t Going to Run Out of Reserves Anytime Soon

The proxies for Chinese intervention in May do not show any significant reserve drain

October 29, 2006

China
Goldman economic research v. the Economist (Drivers of Chinese growth)

I, obviously, liked this week’s Economist article on China quite a bit.  So I really shouldn't still be writing about last week’s article on Chinese consumption growth.  That article argued that …

May 24, 2018

Monetary Policy
Play Session1 Twenty-One Trillion and Counting: How Did We Get Here?

This is the first session of the American Debt: Causes, Consequences, and Fixes symposium.

May 24, 2018

United States
Play Session2 Prescriptions for a Solvent Future

This is the second session of the American Debt: Causes, Consequences, and Fixes symposium.