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February 19, 2019

Ireland
Why the U.S. Tax Reform's International Provisions Need to Be Reformed

I wanted to follow up on a few points that I didn’t have space to explore in my New York Times op-ed on the international provisions of Trump’s corporate tax reform. The first is that, well, there…

Why the U.S. Tax Reform's International Provisions Need to Be Reformed

February 13, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Is Oil Dependent, not Oil Rich

At a business breakfast on February 7, Doyin Salami pointed out the elephant in the living room of Nigeria’s economy. The country is not oil rich; rather it is oil dependent. He asked attendees to acknowledge this distinction.

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February 11, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Kamala Harris, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Government prosecutors often have political ambitions. The list of prosecutors who became mayor (think Rudy Guiliani) or governor (think Chris Christie) is long. But the last president to have any ex…

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February 8, 2019

Germany
Cyber Week in Review: February 8, 2019

This week: a SOTU non-event; Facebook in Germany; Huawei war; WhatsApp warns Indian politicians; and China's APT10 strikes again. 

Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office, is pictured at his desk before an interview with Reuters in Bonn, Germany April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018.

February 6, 2019

International Organizations
How Not to Choose a World Bank President

President Trump has nominated David Malpass to be the next World Bank president. A more transparent process is needed in selecting the institution's head. 

President Donald J. Trump nominates David Malpass to be president of the World Bank.

February 5, 2019

China
China's Slowdown and the World Economy

China, it now seems, has entered into a real slump. There were plenty of leading indicators. I should have given more weight, for example, to the slowdown in European exports to China over the cou…

China's Slowdown and the World Economy

January 28, 2019

United States
Lies, Damned Lies, and Indexes: Unlike the Big Mac, Our Mini Mac Finds Dollar Fairly Valued

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January 25, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 25, 2019

This week: GDPR hits Google with record fine; the French unveil new cyber doctrine; WhatsApp fights misinformation; and the government shutdown degrades cyber defenses.

Andrea Jelinek head of EDPB gives news conference in Brussels

January 24, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Unpacking Africa’s 2019 GDP Growth Prospects

The World Bank released its annual Global Economic Prospects report for sub-Saharan Africa earlier this month, forecasting a GDP growth rate of 3.4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa for 2019. This is up from 2018 and represents a modest recovery from a downturn that began in 2015.

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January 24, 2019

United States
Federal Cybersecurity Needs Its Own Shutdown

The government shutdown could be disastrous for federal network security. In order to mitigate the risk, federal IT employees should shut down as much federal IT infrastructure as possible.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management building in Washington