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October 19, 2006

China
The Economist v. Nick Lardy

China’s goods and services trade surplus is set to increase from $50b in 2004 to $185b in 2006.  China’s current account surplus is set to rise from around 3-4% of China’s 2004 GDP to around 9% of it…

March 23, 2018

Russia
Henry Nicholls/Reuters Russia’s Poisonous Message to the World

The circumstances surrounding the attack on a former Russian spy in England leave little doubt that Russia was the culprit and cast a lengthening shadow over the global regime to stop chemical weapon…

September 5, 2017

Trade
Looking Back at the Impact of Real Exchange Rate Moves on Exports Looking Back at the Impact of Real Exchange Rate Moves on Exports

G-3 exchange rate moves over the past four years have had expected impacts on trade flows

June 5, 2018

Syria
Play Northern Syria: The United States, Turkey, and the Kurds Northern Syria: The United States, Turkey, and the Kurds

Panelists discuss the ongoing conflict in Northern Syria and how the United States should handle its relationships with the affected parties, including Turkey and the Kurds. 

June 1, 2007

China
The World Banks shows just how a large a policy shift Martin Wolf (and Nick Lardy) are proposing for China

The World Bank estimates that net exports contributed 3.3 percentage points to China’s growth in q1, “broadly the same as in the second half of 2006 and higher than expected.”  And from the accompany…

May 4, 2017

United States
Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters) Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

October 3, 2016

Colombia
colombias-brexit-lam Five Questions After Colombia’s Surprising Vote Against Peace

Pollsters’ best bets were radically overturned in Colombia Sunday, as widespread apathy and torrential rains dampened turnout in the referendum on the peace deal. Opponents of the deal appeared as su…

December 15, 2016

United States
Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky) Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

A big caveat. Apple is being used to represent a lot of companies with very valuable intellectual property (IP) that have built up similarly outsized piles of cash outside the United States; it is th…

December 1, 2016

China
asian-goods-trade-balance China’s Vision for a Regional Trading Block Has its Own Challenges

One oft-made argument is that with Trump’s decision not to move forward with the TPP, China has an opportunity to fill the regional trade void. Chinese policy makers are certainly pushing their regio…