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June 25, 2003

U.S. Should Provide Iraqis and Americans With a More Coherent and Compelling Vision for Iraq’s Political Future

Experts Urge President to Deliver Major Address to the Nation on Importance of Getting the Job Done Right in Post-War Iraq June 25, 2003 - With mounting costs to American lives and treasur…

August 17, 2005

Ross: The United States Should be More Involved in Follow-up to Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza

With the Israelis beginning their pullout from Gaza, Dennis Ross, the top U.S. diplomat in Israeli-Palestinian affairs in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and currently Ziegler d…

February 22, 2006

HBO History Maker Series: Terje Roed-Larsen

Watch Terje Roed-Larsen discuss his past and present role in the Middle East peace process as part of the Home Box Office (HBO)-sponsored History Makers Series.


December 10, 2006

Financial Markets
Are the world’s oil exporters shifting away from the dollar?

The FT says so, drawing on work that from the Bank of International Settlements.I like a good petrodollar story -- and a good central bank diversification story -- as much as the next guy.   A lot mo…


January 30, 2007

Financial Markets
Hey big spender (or why conservation is perhaps a bit more than just a personal virtue) ….

In the past, I have noted that oil exporters saved rather than spent the windfall from the surge in oil prices.    The IMF calculated that the average oil producer in the Middle East “spent” 30% and …


June 5, 2006

The Emerging Shia Crescent Symposium: Implications for U.S. Policy in the Middle East

RICHARD N. HAASS:  If those standing will sit, if those seated will stay seated—let me welcome you to the third and final panel of this extravaganza.One of the many ways in which I was—I’ve been rem…


February 1, 2007

Monetary Policy
The People’s Investment Company - the early reports

Market News International reports that China is set to create a new investment company – called the State Foreign Exchange Investment Company.  It will supposedly by run by someone from the Finance M…

February 13, 2007

United States
The 2006 trade data

It seems to me that there are at least three big stories in the US trade data, maybe four or five ...The first is that US exports grew quite strongly in 2006.  And goods exports outperformed services…