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October 17, 2011

Monetary Policy
Can Monetary Policy Mitigate The Effects of Oil Shocks? A Follow-Up

I wrote a week ago about an old paper by Bernanke, Gertler, and Watson (BGW) that attributed much of the impact of past oil price shocks to the response of monetary policy. Jim Hamilton followed up t…

December 16, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Drone Sales, Twitter Wars, and Admiral McRaven

U.S. military personnel lower their heads during the ceremony of the encasing of the U.S. Forces in Iraq colors on December 15, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Pool). - Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes, “U.S…

U.S. military personnel lower their heads during the ceremony of the encasing of the U.S. Forces in Iraq colors in Baghdad on December 15, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Pool).

December 22, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Leaving Afghanistan, and Iran

DOD Decision Makers Need Additional Analyses to Determine Costs and Benefits of Returning Excess Equipment, Government Accountability Office, December 19, 2012. In June 2011, the United States annou…

March 3, 2013

Israel
Regional Voices: Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Israel and Turkey

“Friday has become a day of self-imposed imprisonment.” – Riham Ibrahim, Egyptian housewife “Presenting money and weapons to al Qaeda (in Syria) by Qatar and Turkey is a declaration of armed action …

An Egyptian woman holds her son during a demonstration at Tahrir square in Cairo (Salem/Courtesy Reuters).

October 10, 2013

Middle East Matters This Week: Libyan Abductions, Egyptian Aid Suspension, and Syrian Culpability

Significant Developments Libya. Prime minister Ali Zeidan was abducted today and held for at least six hours by the Revolutionary Operations Chamber, a militia assigned to protect Libya’s parliament…

Libya's prime minister Ali Zeidan places his hand on his forehead as he addresses a news conference after his release and arrival at the headquarters of the prime minister's Office in Tripoli October 10, 2013 (Zitouny/Courtesy Reuters).

February 10, 2014

International Organizations
Tracking Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Amelia M. Wolf. Since the Afghanistan war began twelve years and four months ago, the fate of innocent civilians has been a constant focus o…

UNAMA Deaths by Force

October 3, 2015

Afghanistan
Kunduz Airstrike and Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

This blog post updated an earlier post, and was again coauthored with my research associate, Amelia M. Wolf. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported that its hospital in Kun…

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June 28, 2011

Americas
Evolving Views on Mexico’s War on Drugs

Supporter of the peace caravan led by Mexican poet Sicilia holds a banner during a rally (Courtesy Reuters). The U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group convened in DC a couple of weeks ago, an annual …

Evolving Views on Mexico’s War on Drugs

November 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Human Rights Abuses in Mexico’s Drug War

Photographs of missing people are on display at a square in Queretaro (Courtesy Reuters). Last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its report “Neither Rights Nor Security: Killings, Torture…

Human Rights Abuses in Mexico’s Drug War

April 7, 2011

Economics
Reviving Competition in Mexico’s Economy

In trying to explain why Mexico isn’t growing quickly, or "why it isn’t rich" as Gordon Hanson puts it in a great paper, there is much talk about economic concentration -- the monopolies and oligopol…

Mexico’s Total Factor Productivity Compared to Latin America and Asian Tigers (Source: Augusto de la Torre and Ana Cusolito,