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May 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Anand Panyarachun and The Making of Modern Thailand: A Review

By Petra Desatova Anand Panyarachun, the former prime minister of Thailand and a long-time central figure in Thai politics, belongs to an old generation of Thai technocrats, who shaped Thailand’s …

Anand Panyarachun

October 10, 2012

Education
The Immigrant Exodus: Why Washington Needs to Listen

I had the pleasure of hosting an event last week for Vivek Wadhwa to discuss his important and troubling new book, The Immigrant Exodus. Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned scholar, has done more than any…

Entrepreneur turned scholar Vivek Wadhwa (Courtesy Wadhwa.com).

November 25, 2014

United States
Why Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigned

Gopal Ratnam, “Picking Up the Pieces at the Pentagon,” ForeignPolicy.com, November 25, 2014. Although the White House portrayed Hagel’s departure as a usual cabinet change post a midterm election th…

Hagel Resignation

November 1, 2013

The World Next Week: Iran Talks Resume in Geneva, Senate Armed Services Committee Hears About Sequestration, and the World Chess Championship Begins

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed next week’s nuclear talks in Geneva, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing on the effects of sequestration, and the World Chess …

Delegations meet at the United Nations offices in Geneva for the Iran nuclear talks (Fabrice Coffrini/Courtesy Reuters).

February 22, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Afghanistan, Mali, and Chinese Drones

Steven Erlanger, “An Unexpected Mission for France’s Defense Minister,” New York Times, February 19, 2013. One of the most shocking lessons for him from Mali, Mr. Le Drian said, was the lack of Fren…

Mali soldiers

September 4, 2012

China
Why ASEAN Will Stay Weak

In her visit to Asia this week, including her trip to Jakarta on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not only highlighted the renewed American focus on Southeast Asia, especially regarding…

U.S. secretary of state Clinton delivers remarks during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

March 22, 2012

India
Economics and Indian Strategy

South Asia is among the least economically integrated regions of the world, in part because partition cleaved apart various natural economic communities. Regions, such as Bengal, which had been well …

Leaders of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Thailand pose for a picture at the second summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in New Delhi, November 13, 2008. (B Mathur / Courtesy Reuters)

October 2, 2011

China
Can India and America Up Their Investment Game?

Commuters on a suburban train during the morning rush hour in Mumbai.Danish Siddiqui/Courtesy Reuters. My latest column is out in India’s financial daily, the Business Standard. I used this …

Commuters on a suburban train during the morning rush hour in Mumbai.

July 20, 2010

Thailand
Thailand’s Creeping Authoritarianism

Damir Sagolj / courtesy Reuters As international attention has shifted elsewhere following the dispersal of protests in Bangkok in May, the Thai government has quietly moved toward a kind of cree…

Anti-government red shirt protesters shout slogans holding a  poster with a defaced photo of Thailand’s prime minister Abhisit  Vejjajiva during a protest in central Bangkok

January 28, 2009

Monetary Policy
Central banks were not the big buyers of synthetic triple AAA …

Ricardo Caballero argues that the current crisis stems from (flawed) efforts to construct safe assets out of risky assets in order to meet a surge in investor demand for safe assets. He is on to som…