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June 9, 2017

Japan
Yes Virginia, Exchange Rates Matter (The Case of Japan) Yes Virginia, Exchange Rates Matter (The Case of Japan)

Since the end of 2012, the yen has depreciated significantly and the dollar has appreciated significantly. Enough time has passed to look at how U.S. and Japanese exports have responded to these exch…

April 24, 2018

Defense and Security
Military Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad, but many are unfamiliar with its composition. CFR examines the U.S. military by gender, race, geography and other demographic factors.

February 28, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Benoit Tessier/Reuters Cryptocurrencies and National Security

Cryptocurrencies are a disruptive financial technology that present governments with new national security challenges and terrorist groups, criminals, and rogue states with opportunities.

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

December 26, 2017

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A heroin user reads an alert on fentanyl in New York City. The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

December 13, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
iraq girl Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This post, covering November 26 to December 12, was compiled with su…

November 3, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Apartheid-Flag-Race-US Symbols of Race Relations in the United States and South Africa

As whites in South Africa protest perceived marginalization, it's worth taking a look at the legacies of apartheid, slavery, and Jim Crow.

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, October 9, 2017. Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well…

September 2, 2008

Monetary Policy
’frbny-graph-3.JPG’ Yes, Virginia – Creditors do sometimes get a vote …

This is Brad Setser again. Thanks to Christian Menegatti and Rachel Ziemba for filling in when I was away. It is only fitting to return with one of my pet themes: central bank demand -- or rather,…