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May 8, 2009

Capital Flows
ASEAN Fund ASEAN Fund

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with Japan, China, and South Korea says it will launch a $120bn reserve fund, increasing the foreign exchange reserves that the region can d…

June 15, 2017

Intelligence
Testimony of McCabe, Rosenstein, Coats and Rogers on June 7, 2017 Don’t Let the Russia-Trump Investigation Distract From U.S. Intelligence Reform

Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act is up for renewal, and it's a controversial program as a result of Edward Snowden's disclosures.

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

June 1, 2012

United States
Who Will Investigate the Leaks?

Today’s New York Times carries a story revealing that "From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s mai…

February 12, 2018

Intelligence
CFS Leitrim The Intelligence Collection Implications of the CLOUD Act

The CLOUD Act is supposed to help foreign law enforcement investigate crime. It could also help foreign countries spy on each other. 

September 28, 2017

United Nations
President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017. U.S. Funding for the United Nations: More Than Anybody Realizes?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Last Tuesday, President Dona…

February 9, 2018

United States
The Impact of Tax Arbitrage on the U.S. Balance of Payments The Impact of Tax Arbitrage on the U.S. Balance of Payments

I sat down with the FT's Matt Klein for an Alphachat podcast on the international provisions in the December tax reform.

February 23, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-President-Ramaphosa-SONA The State of President Ramaphosa’s Nation

The ascendancy of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of South Africa has been greeted with a mix of enthusiasm, relief, and skepticism. It comes as South Africa prepares to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and it is worth remembering that Ramaphosa was Mandela’s first choice as his deputy.

February 12, 2018

Immigration and Migration
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.