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August 12, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bill de Blasio, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major party candidates has won the popular vote two-thirds of the time. That’s good news for Bill d…

Bill de Blasio

January 8, 2018

North Korea
An Olympic Window for Korean Nuclear De-escalation

Jongsoo Lee is senior managing director at Brock Securities and center associate at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. The opinions expressed here are solely his own. …

An Olympic Window for Korean Nuclear De-escalation

February 8, 2017

Monetary Policy
Does Korea Operate A De Facto Target Zone?

Fred Bergsten of the Peterson Institute has long argued for target zones around the major exchange rates. In the past twenty years, no G-3 economy has followed Bergsten’s policy advice.* The world’s …

Does Korea Operate A De Facto Target Zone?

October 8, 2018

India
Review: America’s Deep History With South Asia

Srinath Raghavan's history of U.S. involvement in South Asia—primarily India, Pakistan and Afghanistan—provides a rich backdrop of lessons for today’s U.S. policymakers as they consider dilemmas in t…

A U.S. Marine(C) talks with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

July 30, 2014

Immigration and Migration
Dos Naciones Indivisibles on Es la Hora de Opinar

Two weeks ago, I was down in Mexico for the launch of the Spanish-language version of my book, Dos Naciones Indivisibles: México, Estados Unidos, y el Camino por Venir. During my time there, I had th…

March 23, 2009

Monetary Policy
Financial de-globalization, illustrated

The financial world has changed -- even if the scale of the change isn’t obvious in the financial sector’s 2008 bonuses. Here is one indication of the scale of the change: the US government was…

Financial de-globalization, illustrated

May 14, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Angst over De Klerk’s Apartheid Comments

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk’s May 10 CNN interview, in which he comments, inter alia, on apartheid and his relations with Nelson Mandela, has generated widespread outrage. De Klerk’s…

South Africa's former president F.W. De Klerk (R) arrives for the opening of Parliament on the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, in Cape Town February 11, 2010

October 30, 2017

China
The Four Traps China May Fall Into

One dominant theme of President Xi Jinping’s political report at the 19th Party Congress is China’s national rejuvenation. China was described as a “great power” or a “strong power” 26 times in his s…

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin raise their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, China.

February 9, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: Enrique Dupuy de Lôme

WikiLeaks exposed the private communications of American diplomats to public scrutiny. While we flatter ourselves with the conceit that leaked cables are a new problem, they aren’t. On this day in 18…

de Lome Letter

October 3, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
De Beers Diamond Moves Sales Army from London to Botswana

For the past century or so, big mining corporations have pursued their operations in Africa, but their senior management, marketing, and sales have been in Europe or North America. That is changing. …

Botswana Diamond