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December 11, 2007

Emerging Markets
The new financial superpowers (part 2)

Sovereign wealth funds are hot.   A senior JP Morgan Chase banker, quoted in Time: "SWFs ... are the new 'it' girl of global finance. Everyone wants a piece of them."  Almost every investme…

May 26, 2008

Libya Shunning the Dollar?

This post is by Rachel Ziemba, filling in for Brad Setser. I want to thank Brad for giving me the chance to guest blog again. With oil futures staying above $130 a barrel - the links between dollar…


December 15, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
Lessons in Cleantech Success from Scandinavia (Pt. 2): The Importance of the Danish Manufacturing Revival

This post is co-written by Ben Armstrong and Varun Sivaram. Ben is a Ph.D. Candidate at MIT focused on Political Economy and a researcher at the MIT Governance Lab. In Part 1 of this series, we pose…


May 31, 2013

You Might Have Missed: Drone Transparency, Cyber Warfare, and Syria

Michael Riley, “How the U.S. Government Hacks the World,” Bloomberg Businessweek, May 23, 2013. The men and women who hack for the NSA belong to a secretive unit known as Tailored Access Operations…

August 20, 2012

Defense and Security
Armed Drones and the Hunt for bin Laden

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the best chance the United States had to kill Osama bin Laden before he led al-Qaeda to plan and carry out the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In addition to failing…

Nairobi bombing

April 12, 2012

Fossil Fuels
An Anti-Speculative Frenzy

I was worried that my defense of speculation in the oil market, published this week on ForeignAffairs.com, was late to the game, but my timing turned out to be right on. Just yesterday, an op-ed appe…

February 24, 2014

Why is Sami Enan Running for President?

On February 17, Lieutenant-General Sami Enan, Egypt’s former armed forces chief-of-staff, announced that he would be running for president. One can be forgiven for asking: Why?  Enan’s candidacy seem…


April 7, 2016

International Organizations
The Race to Be UN Secretary-General: Five Questions for the Candidates

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week the United Nations G…

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves as he arrives at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016.

May 28, 2008

Sovereign Wealth Fund Records: In for the Long Haul

This post is by Rachel Ziemba of RGE Monitor, filling in for Brad Setser. Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages Norway’s $380 billion Government Pension Fund-Global announced Q1 returns l…


October 9, 2014

Energy and Environment
The Age of Extinction: Can Anything Be Done to Save Our Planet’s Biodiversity?

In a world of crises from Ebola to Syria, it’s easy to overlook slow-motion calamities. Both the U.S. government and the mainstream media are vulnerable to this myopia, the former in thrall to the ty…

An endangered poison frog (Oophaga histrionica) is pictured at the Santa Fe Zoo in Medellín, Colombia, in January 2013.