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March 8, 2009

Financial Markets
The shadow financial system – as illustrated in three new papers that cut through the London fog

Gordon Brown wants to shine a bit more light on the shadow financial system (hat tip IPEZone). One plank of his G-20 action plan is: "reform of international regulation to close regulatory gaps so …

February 22, 2011

Guest Post: What the American Public Thinks about Egypt

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest outside the White House. (Jose Luis Magaua/courtesy Reuters) Politicians, pundits, and bloggers have all been weighing in with their assessments of how P…

Demonstrators shout slogans during protest outside the White House

April 29, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: What Do the Panetta and Petraeus Nominations Say About Obama?

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Washington’s worst kept secret is now out. President Obama has …

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters)

February 2, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Unity Fracturing on Cote d’Ivoire

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea's President and new African Union (AU) Chairman, speaks during a news conference at the closing ceremony of the 16th African Union Summit, in Ethi…

African Unity Fracturing on Cote d’Ivoire

January 28, 2011

China
Europe Talks China

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez, and Spain's Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian talk during the signing of commercial agreements bet…

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez, and Spain’s Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian talk during the signing of commercial agreements between China and Spain at Madrid’s Moncloa Palace January 5, 2011.

June 23, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Obama Decides on Afghanistan

President Barack Obama speaks about the war in Afghanistan during a televised address from the East Room of the White House on June 22, 2011. The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I dis…

resident Barack Obama speaks about the war in Afghanistan during a televised address from the East Room of the White House on June 22, 2011.

March 15, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Angola’s Dos Santos Supporting Gbagbo

Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos talks to journalists after a signature agreement ceremony held at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon March 11, 2009. (Hugo Correia/Courtesy Reuters) Angolan Pr…

Angola’s Dos Santos Supporting Gbagbo

March 29, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the United States’ upcoming presidency of the UN Security Council; World Bank president nominee Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s world "listening tour…

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March 13, 2012

Asia
Timor-Leste’s Tenth Anniversary

A fine overview in The Economist this week outlines the challenges facing Timor-Leste this month, on the tenth anniversary of it becoming an independent state. On the surface, Dili and other parts of…

A youth pastes stickers of Timor-Leste's presidential candidate and former military commander Taur Matan Ruak on his face during a campaign rally in Dili March 10, 2012.

April 12, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: North Korea’s Satellite Launch, the Summit of the Americas, and the IMF and World Bank Meetings

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed North Korea’s satellite launch; the Summit of the Americas in Colombia; and the International Monetary Fund’s and World Bank’s spring me…

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