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January 30, 2007

Financial Markets
Hey big spender (or why conservation is perhaps a bit more than just a personal virtue) ….

In the past, I have noted that oil exporters saved rather than spent the windfall from the surge in oil prices.    The IMF calculated that the average oil producer in the Middle East “spent” 30% and …


July 10, 2007

Monetary Policy
BRIC reserve growth … $200b, $400b, $800b, even bigger?

As Felix notes, I am reserve-obsessed.   For good reason, I would argue.  Right now, central bank reserve accumulation is driving the global flow of capital.  Private markets have been out-gunned.We …


December 9, 2011

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Stonewalls and Iran Accuses

Anti-government protesters pray next to the bodies of people who were among the Sunni Muslims killed on Wednesday, in Hula near Homs November 2, 2011. Syrian activists said on Wednesday that security…

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Stonewalls and Iran Accuses

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…

lindsay pena nieto 2012 07-02

June 28, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: World Powers Talk Syria, Mexicans Vote, and Congress Recesses

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon was out this week, so Stewart Patrick kindly offered to fill in. Stewart and I discussed the world powers crisis meeting on Syria in Geneva; the Mexican…

UN Annan

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)

July 15, 2014

What Does Indonesia’s Election Standoff Mean for Indonesia’s Next President?

As I have previously blogged, unless Prabowo Subianto is able to steal four to six million votes in the days before the official vote tally is released, an unlikely possibility, Jakarta governor Joko…


May 5, 2016

Global Governance
Global Mexico: From Principles to Interests

On this Cinco de Mayo, raise a toast to “Global Mexico.” After decades of defining its international role with reference to the United States, Mexico is looking further afield. The government of Pres…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto looks toward U.S. President Barack Obama during their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2015.

November 30, 2007

Calderon's First Year

What a difference a year makes. Just a year ago Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s mandate appeared uncertain following a contested election that gave him a razor-thin winning margin of 250,000 vote…

August 31, 2009

Politics and Government
"Thrilling" Mexico

Thirteen thousand Thriller dancers gathered in Mexico City’s historic center last Saturday, reflecting to the vast transformations occurring in Mexico today.