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May 23, 2018

Italy
Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters Italy's New Government Could Be the Force That Finally Breaks Europe

Italy's new government could pursue a path that could have a devastating effect on Europe’s financial position

April 27, 2018

Venezuela
Venezuela's Oil Minister and President of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA Manuel Quevedo attends the event launching the new Venezuelan cryptocurrency "Petro" in Caracas, Venezuela February 20, 2018. Why Oil Sanctions Against Venezuela No Longer Make Sense

This post is co-written by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker I…

April 15, 2018

Syria
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and UK Ambassador Karen Pierce vote against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria during an emergency UN Security Council meeting. Legal Questions Loom Over Syria Strikes

In striking Syria without an international law justification, the United States leaves itself open to criticism and may invite similar behavior by other countries.

March 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Huawei Cyber Week in Review: March 30, 2018

This week: Huawei in the crosshairs (again), Apple gloats over Facebook's woes, scrutinizing the FBI's actions in the San Bernardino iPhone case, and ransomware in Atlanta. 

April 14, 2011

Afghanistan
Restrepo: Documenting a Year in Afghanistan

Journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington discuss their sojourn in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan filming a platoon of U.S. soldiers for their documentary "Restrepo."

February 22, 2018

Puerto Rico
Counting Chickens Long Before They Hatch: Should Hurricane Maria Be Modeled as a Positive Growth Shock for Puerto Rico? Counting Chickens Long Before They Hatch: Should Hurricane Maria Be Modeled as a Positive Growth Shock for Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico’s latest fiscal plan appears to use a best case scenario as its base case. It consequently doesn’t provide a realistic benchmark for evaluating Puerto Rico’s long-run capacity to pay.

March 6, 2006

China
A question for Sebastian Mallaby

Isn't setting the RMB/ dollar exchange rate at levels that keep China's small rice farms (and its interior provinces more generally) competitive sort of like setting Germany's exchange ra…

February 15, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tax Success Is at the Expense of His Trade Agenda Trump’s Tax Success Is at the Expense of His Trade Agenda

It looks like a combination of tax cuts and spending increases will raise the U.S. fiscal deficit by about 2 percentage points of GDP (that’s the number Krugman used; Goldman’s US economics team puts…

February 2, 2018

Monetary Policy
Federal Reserve The Role of the U.S. Federal Reserve

The role of the Federal Reserve has transformed in the past decade, as it has deployed trillions of dollars to boost the U.S. economy while expanding its regulatory oversight of the nation’s financia…

January 30, 2018

Ukraine
Ukraine Flag Maidan Cyber Mercenaries and the Crisis in Ukraine

Many states outsource their cyber operations to non-state actors, with varying degrees of control over their actions. The crisis in Ukraine is a perfect example of this phenomenon.