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July 2, 2012

Politics and Government
Hola, Enrique Peña Nieto: President-Elect of Mexico

Enrique Peña Nieto had a very good weekend. While Americans were grumbling about record-breaking heat and residents of Washington, D.C., were learning to live without air conditioning because powerfu…

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May 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Hello, François Hollande: President of France

Streaks are made to be broken. After seventeen years on the outside looking in, a Socialist Party candidate has finally returned to the French presidency. François Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy b…

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December 18, 2007

United States
Yes, Virginia, the world’s central banks are financing most of the US current account deficit (my rebuttal to Richard Iley)

Back in the summer of 2004, Nouriel Roubini and I published a paper arguing that large trade deficits implied a deteriorating US net international investment position and a deteriorating “income” bal…

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February 25, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello, Park Geun-hye: President of South Korea

Glass ceilings are made to be broken. And today Park Geun-hye smashed one when she became the first woman to be sworn in as president of South Korea. Park defeated her left-of-center opponent, Moon J…

South Korea's new president Park Geun-hye salutes the national flag during her inauguration (Lee Jae-Won/Courtesy Reuters).

March 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Newt Gingrich, GOP Presidential Candidate?

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Someone had to go first. So Newt Gingrich did. While the other major …

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual CPAC meeting in Washington

February 20, 2009

China
China’s Resource Buys

Note: This post is by Rachel Ziemba of RGE Monitor (where this first appeared) thanks again to Brad for letting me fill in while he’s on vacation. note: I’ve made a slight update to the discussion o…

December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

September 17, 2007

Financial Markets
The first true twenty-first century financial crisis?

Larry Summers – picking up on a phrase perhaps first used by Michel Camdessus -- liked to call the Mexican crisis the first financial crisis of the 21st century.   Mexico’s decision to exhaust its re…

February 26, 2008

Capital Flows
Regulating sovereign wealth funds: does the US have any leverage?

Bob Davis’ Wall Street Journal article - which reports that the US Treasury is pushing Singapore and Abu Dhabi to increase their transparency and to signal that their funds will be managed commercial…

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April 15, 2007

United States
Unimpressive (the results of the IMF’s experiment with multilateral consultation)

Macro Man asked the IMF to sort out a world where the US current account deficit is increasingly financed by the growth in emerging market reserves (and the expansion of a few investment funds).     …