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February 21, 2018

Bahrain
Can Bahrain Be Saved?

Yesterday the government of Bahrain condemned a leading human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, to five years in prison. His crime: tweeting. Rajab has been in and out of prison for years for such “c…

November 17, 2017

Economics
Fed's Projected Balance-Sheet Evolution & Projected Policy-Rate Increases Will Powell Be an Accidental Hawk?

Fed Chair nominee Jerome (Jay) Powell was a logical choice for Fed chair. A business-friendly Republican, he is likely to push forward President Trump’s deregulation agenda in the financial sector wh…

December 18, 2017

Asia
Duterte_9.6.2017 Populism in the West Gets the Attention, but Asia’s Rising Populism Could be as Dangerous to Democracy

The rise of populist leaders and parties in Europe and the United States over the past two years has reshaped the political landscape from Budapest to Washington. Challenging elites as corrupt and di…

December 18, 2017

United States
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (back) and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin attend a signing ceremony at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF 2014) in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 24, 2014. Could a U.S.-Russia Oil Showdown be Coming?

About a year ago, a seasoned U.S. oil leader with deep political connections explained to me that U.S. shale would be out of the woods by 2018. His thesis was straightforward: he thought the U.S. eco…

February 22, 2018

Cybersecurity
hackathon To Build a More Capable Cyber Policy Field, Teach Policy to Technologists

Technologists love to criticise policymakers for their ignorance of of how computer security actually works. Instead of criticising from the sidelines, maybe they should get involved. 

June 22, 2017

NAFTA
An employee uses a laptop next to a car body at an assembly line at a Ford manufacturing plant in Chongqing municipality April 20, 2012. If NAFTA Ends, Ford's Move to China Will Be Just the Start

Ford announced this week that instead of building its new Focus – the best-selling car in the world – in a new $1.6 billion dollar Mexico-based plant, it will ship cars for North American customers f…

February 20, 2018

Southeast Asia
Pence_Widodo_4.20.2017 Shifting U.S.-Indonesia Relations to a Transactional Approach

The U.S.-Indonesia relationship has often disappointed. It’s time to rethink U.S.-Indonesia ties and try to achieve real security goals, rather than make bold plans for cooperation that never come to…

January 16, 2018

Southeast Asia
Prayuth cutout_1.9.2018 Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia. Democratic rights and freedoms already have been in decline in Southeast Asia for more than a decade, but 2017 w…

February 22, 2018

China
Electric trucks are shown at BYD headquarters in Shenzhen, China May 25, 2016. China’s Coming Challenge to the U.S. Petro-Economy

U.S. oil production is set to surpass its all-time record monthly high (first set in 1970), and U.S. liquefied natural gas exports are roaring ahead, with 800 billion cubic feet already shipped since…

May 22, 2017

Economics
Worker-Factory-Aircraft Engine-Reuters How to Be an Open Economy

MILAN – The word “openness” has two related but distinct connotations. It can mean that something is unrestricted, accessible, and possibly vulnerable; or it can mean that something, such as a person…