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August 4, 2005

Capital Flows
Nation Building 101

Make sure the army gets paid on time.The reformed Iraqi Ministry of Defense, a crucial element of any American plan to withdraw troops, is riddled with crippling problems that have raised concerns ab…

April 25, 2007

Economics
Five observations: all loosely tied to yen and dollar weakness and the swelling coffers of the emerging world

One. Yes, Virginia, exchange rates do matter … Japan’s trade surplus is rising.  Its current account surplus should be rising even more, as its interest income should be increasing too.   The MoF is …

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October 8, 2010

China
What Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Means for the Rest of China

All the political swirl surrounding Liu Xiaobo and his Nobel Peace Prize will soon die down, returning again no doubt when the prizes are actually awarded in December. For me, as I have written in pr…

A policeman stands guard as reporters wait at the entrance of a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, lives in Beijing October 8, 2010. Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an announcement that Beijing had anticipated and bitterly criticised. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

December 15, 2010

Politics and Government
Senator Kyl’s Line in the Sand

Just as the prospects for the New START Treaty started to look good, they no longer do.  Josh Rogin reports that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) just drew a line in the sand: Kyl said Tuesday he still does…

Senator Kyl’s Line in the Sand

July 1, 2011

United States
Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

AVIATION ORDINANCE CHIEF SPRAYS 'JACK' FLAG ON BOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION IN THE GULF (John Schults/Courtesy Reuters) Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty As the nation celebra…

Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

September 22, 2011

Politics and Government
The Domestic Politics of Obama’s UN Speech

President Barack Obama addresses the sixty-sixth United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York on September 21, 2011. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) One of TWE’s founding …

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 21, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

February 7, 2012

South Africa
Lessons Learned: Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison

  A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss Nelson Mandela’s release from prison on February 11, 1990, and examine what lessons it has for understanding international …

February 17, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Anthony Shadid

Above the Fold. Anthony Shadid, a New York Times foreign correspondent, died yesterday while covering the ongoing political upheaval in Syria. He wasn’t cut down by the violence of what is becoming a…

Anthony Shadid (right) with other New York Times journalists and Turkey's Ambassador to Libya on March 21, 2011. (Handout/courtesy Reuters)

March 29, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the United States’ upcoming presidency of the UN Security Council; World Bank president nominee Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s world "listening tour…

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April 6, 2012

Rwanda
TWE Remembers: Juvenal Habyarimana’s Plane Crashes and the Rwandan Genocide Begins

Planes crashes have killed a regrettable number of world leaders. Legendary UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld died in 1960 in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia) in mysterious circumstances while on …

President Clinton speaks to survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide at the Kigali airport on March 25, 1998. (Win McNamee/courtesy Reuters)