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August 25, 2005

Capital Flows
Peter Galbraith and Iraq

I think the folks over at TPM Café are right: David Brooks' latest New York Times column is a real flip-flop.  He has gone from celebrating the United States firm commitment to universal democratic p…

September 15, 2005

Monetary Policy
Is Asia still accumulating reserves in financial self defense?

I think it is fair to say that I profoundly disagree with this week's Economics Focus column in the Economist, and therefore, I suspect, with the underlying Genbert, McCauley, Park and Persaud paper…

October 2, 2005

Capital Flows
A consequence of saying no to China’s (oops, CNOOC’s) bid for Unocal?

Or just the natural result of expectations that China's demand for imported energy will soar in the future?  Probably a bit of both. China clearly has no particular desire to export democracy, or ev…

April 7, 2006

Financial Markets
Reality-based analysis of the oil exporters’ contribution to an unbalanced world

I am not a big fan of arguments not well grounded in data.Like the now immensely outdated argument that China's bilateral surplus with the US is offset by bilateral deficits elsewhere.   Right now Ch…

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April 15, 2006

China
Have China’s manufacturing powers been exaggerated?

In a word, no.Many in the economics blogosphere have mentioned Guy de Jonquieres recent FT column, Which argues that the US - not China - is the world's manufacturing powerhouse.  And usually in a fa…

August 13, 2010

China
China’s Rise and the Contested Commons

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Aly Song Is there a more interesting place these days than the South China Sea? It’s the locus of a full-contact diplomatic spat between Washington and Beijing. It’s an …

China’s Rise and the Contested Commons

November 22, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guest Post: AQAP and Yemen

Members of Yemen’s U.S-trained counter-terrorism force raid a house during field training near Sanaa I’ve been busy so I enlisted Marisa Porges to guest post today.  Marisa is a former internationa…

Guest Post: AQAP and Yemen

December 4, 2010

The World Next Week

The podcast for The World Next Week is up.  Bob McMahon and I discussed the pending resumption of the P5+1 talks with Tehran on Iran’s nuclear program; the looming parliamentary vote on Ireland’s …

The World Next Week

December 7, 2010

Our Test Scores Are In

The results for the most recent Program on International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests fifteen-year-old students on math, reading and science, are out.  Once again, U.S. students finished …

Our Test Scores Are In

January 6, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali?

Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali waves to supporters after he took the oath at the national assembly in Tunis (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy of Reuters) If you don’t follow the Moor Next Door,…

The Last Days of Ben Ali?