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May 25, 2006

United States
You know, there are safe havens that do not have a current account deficit of $1 trillion …

Incidentally, I am not the only one who thinks that the US current account deficit is heading toward a trillion.   The OECD now forecasts $965b current account deficit in 2006 (7.2% of GDP), and $107…

May 22, 2007

No one covers the debate on China’s macroeconomic policy better than Richard McGregor

McGregor’s long analysis piece in today's Financial Times (free link here) shows why.  It is the best summary of China’s macroeconomic policy challenges – and the contractions associated with Chi…

April 29, 2008

Emerging Markets
Borders still matter; “the world isn’t as flat as it used to be”

On Monday, Bob Davis of the Wall Street Journal argued that the world isn’t flat, or at least it “isn’t as flat as it used to be.” National borders matter more. Barriers to the free flow of go…

April 20, 2008

Inequality in America

Unions in the American manufacturing sector used to have the bargaining power to secure a middle class wage for their members. Not any more. And no one else – apart from corporate CEOs, hedge fu…

October 17, 2005

The US government has no idea what China intends to do with its exchange rate …

This Financial Times articles by Andrew Balls and Richard McGregor is worth reading.  It makes two key points:1. China did not give the US any hints what it plans to do next with its currency next.  …

January 10, 2011

United States
TWE Remembers: The Ludlow Amendment

American history is rife with examples of bad policy ideas capturing the public imagination. Prohibition is the poster child for this malady. Today marks the anniversary of a House vote on one hare-b…

Rep. Louis Ludlow

January 12, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Jos Violence Escalates

A man mourns at a mass grave for the victims of religious riots, in Nigeria's central city of Jos December 27, 2010. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters) Killings continue to escalate in villages …

Jos Violence Escalates

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

August 30, 2011

The Transatlantic Alliance Survives the Summer

European Commission President Barroso, U.S. President Obama, Russian President Medvedev, French President Sarkozy, Japanese Prime Minister Kan, Canadian Prime Minister Harper, British Prime Minister …

The Transatlantic Alliance Survives the Summer

March 29, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Quick Takes: Obama’s Speech on Libya Settles Little

President Barack Obama speaks about the conflict in Libya during an address at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) I have a new post up over at CNN.com’s …

President Barack Obama speaks about the conflict in Libya during an address at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011.