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August 19, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Is President Sisi a Bulwark Against Terrorism?

There are very few people nowadays ignoring the growing repression in Egypt. Most recently, a new "counter-terrorism" law was imposed this week--but it snuffs out free speech more than terror. Even t…

February 14, 2014

Push Polls and Cuba

You can’t always get what you want, the Rolling Stones once told us. But you can, actually, in a push poll: a poll designed to elicit a certain result and then advertised as achieving that result. T…

January 7, 2014

North America’s Economic Integration

Alan Berube and Joseph Parilla at the Brookings Institution recently published a report on the impressive amount of North American regional trade (with a great interactive that traces exports and imp…

NA Integration - LAM

July 19, 2012

Morning Brief: Simpson and Bowles Campaign to Fix the Debt

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have founded a non-partisan organization to advocate for budgetary reform, the Campaign to Fix the Debt. The organization will focus on policy development and educatio…

Alan Simpson (L) and Erskine Bowles (R), co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, speak at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Jobs for America Summit 2010" in Washington, July 14, 2010 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

July 16, 2012

Europe and Eurasia
More Evidence That LIBOR Is Hazardous to Economic Health

Central bankers necessarily spend a great deal of time studying economic and market data that they believe to be forward-looking indicators of the economy’s health.  One such is the so-called “LIB…

More Evidence That LIBOR Is Hazardous to Economic Health

June 14, 2012

Monetary Policy
Can Household Risk-Aversion Measures Predict Fed Policy?

The so-called Taylor Rule in monetary policy suggests how the Federal Reserve should adjust interest rates based on movements in inflation and economic output.  Although the Fed has never explicit…

Can Household Risk-Aversion Measures Predict Fed Policy?

February 1, 2013

Breakfast With the Supreme Leader

This past week I participated in a conference on Iran convened by the Henry Jackson Society of London and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy of Washington, DC. As the executive director of …

August 30, 2012

Harvard Grads Do Some "Not Vacations" in Cuba

Cuba, tropical paradise. Harvard grads are invited to participate in a Harvard Alumni Association trip down there next year. But of course, this is a serious visit: no beaches, I guess. The Alumni As…

March 3, 2011

Greenspan: Activism

In the Spring 2011 issue of International Finance, edited by CFR’s Benn Steil, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan argues that the economic recovery has been hampered by the exceptiona…

Greenspan: Activism

February 18, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Can the U.S. Cut Defense Spending?

“There’s only one way to [fix America’s long-term budget problems],” said President Obama’s fiscal commission co-chair Alan Simpson. “You dig into the big four, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security,…

Can the U.S. Cut Defense Spending?