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July 2, 2015

Europe
Greece financing needs Yes or No, Greece Needs Debt Relief

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released their most recent debt sustainability analysis for Greece and, while it doesn’t include the devastation resulting from this week’s bank and capital …

August 19, 2016

Japan
Banzai-Fuji-resized Masatoshi Asaoka: Constitutional Revision—More Than Yes or No

This blog post is part of a series entitled Will the Japanese Change Their Constitution?, in which leading experts discuss the prospects for revising Japan’s postwar constitution. Masatoshi Asaoka is…

July 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters ‘No First Use’ and Nuclear Weapons

Nearly all nuclear weapon states, as a matter of policy, remain ready to use their weapons without having first suffered a nuclear attack.

May 21, 2018

Argentina
Argentina: Sustainable, Yes, with Adjustment.  But Sustainable with A High Probability? Argentina: Sustainable, Yes, with Adjustment. But Sustainable with A High Probability?

Probably only connoisseurs of IMF Access Policy debates understand the importance of being judged “sustainable with a high probability” by 19th Street. That’s what unlocks the keys to the kingdom,…

June 11, 2018

United States
Pompeo at the White House Trump Administration Cyber Reports Offer No New Ideas and Highlight Problems with Its Own Actions

Two new State Department reports fail to acknowledge the crisis facing U.S. cyber policy and recycle ideas that have been around for years. 

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 13, 2018

Peru
A woman cleans a banner ahead of the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru April 10, 2018. Trump's No-Show May Lift Summit From Swamp

President Trump's no-show means less drama and more space at Summit of the Americas for the main theme of corruption. 

July 11, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Soldiers walk past damaged buildings in Damascus Horizon Scanning: A Conversation with CFR’s National Intelligence Fellow

CPA interviews CFR's Michael Dempsey about the conflicts he is most concerned about, the state of the U.S. counterterrorism campaign, and the most important things policymakers should consider before…

April 5, 2018

Mexico
A union worker holds a placard as she protests outside Pemex headquarters to demand better contracts for technicians and other professionals, in Mexico City, Mexico November 7, 2017. The placard reads: "The oil is from the nation" Mexico's Election Could Leave Its Economy in Limbo — No Matter Who Wins

Pena Nieto’s structural reforms in Mexico have yielded a few quick gains, mostly in telecom prices and access to credit, but most of the benefits are yet to come. However many may not, as justified frustration with the government’s fiscal mismanagement and corruption leads voters to turn away from a more open economic model before the advantages appear.

June 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy

In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive or deeply cynical.