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November 17, 2005

China
Can the Pentagon balance Chinese power …

with money the Treasury borrows from China?  Ok, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia ... The answer so far has been yes.   The Pentagon - or at least influential voices in the Pentagon - want to discoura…

October 23, 2010

China
China and Rare Earth Metals: the good, the bad and the not as ugly as it seems

Getting the facts straight never hurts, and every once in a while it really matters. The current brouhaha over China’s decision to cut its exports of rare earths falls in the latter category.  So her…

Labourers work at the site of a rare earth metals mine in Nancheng county, Jiangxi province October 20, 2010. China on Wednesday denied a report that the government plans to slash export quotas of rare earth metals next year, seeking to ease international jitters about China’s stranglehold on supplies. REUTERS/Stringer

November 8, 2010

United States
Egypt Week in Washington?

Last week was Egypt week in Washington.  On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of policy analysts, former government officials, and democracy advocates visited with National Security Council staff to expr…

democracy egypt turkey reform

January 7, 2011

Friday File: Welcome Back Bill Daley, Congratulations Gene Sperling

U.S. President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has a new White House chief of staff, Bill …

President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff

February 11, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Budget Brawl Begins

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea. (Fabrizio Bensch/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Football season is over, but Washington’s annual budget brawl begins Monday when…

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea.

January 18, 2011

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
TWE Quick Takes: Hu Makes Nice, Obama Talks Tough

U.S. Air Force personnel adjust the red carpet before the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) A few more news items left over from a t…

U.S. Air Force personnel adjust the red carpet before the arrival of China’s President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base.

April 8, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Who Will Succeed Bob Gates as Secretary of Defense?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen enter the auditorium before Oabma's speech about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011. (Larry…

U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen enter the auditorium before Oabma’s speech about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011.

March 2, 2011

Defense and Security
What If Qaddafi Hangs On?

Muammar Qaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech. (Ahmed Jadallah/courtesy Reuters) Much of the talk about Libya over the past week assumed that Col. Qaddafi was about to be swept from power…

Muammar Qaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech

January 31, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Seven Thoughts on Egypt

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Like many of you I spent a good portion of my weekend following events in Egypt. My colleagues Elliott Abram…

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo

May 6, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: GOP Presidential Candidates Bash Obama

A snow-covered porcelain elephant, painted to represent the Republican Party. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The bipartisan spirit that emerged in the country after the killing of O…

A snow-covered porcelain elephant, painted to represent the Republican party. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)