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December 14, 2006

China
Paulson in Beijing: Can’t get no satisfaction

That is what William Hess argues in Newsweek International.  China cannot give Paulson what he wants without jeopardizing its domestic goals.  Hess writes:"Secretary Paulson will likely return home e…

September 27, 2008

Monetary Policy
It seems like so long ago ... documenting the role foreign central banks played in the US decision to backstop the Agencies

It is hard to believe that only three week have passed since the US government effectively took over the Agencies. Friday’s Wall Street Journal provided something of a post-mortem. And it sure se…

September 1, 2009

North Korea
Restoring Boldness and Flexibility to U.S.-ROK Coordination on North Korea

Song Min-soon is former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea and a National Assemblyman with the Democratic Party. The North Korean issue, including its nuclear problem, has been the most diffi…

Lee Myung-bak talks with Barack Obama

February 22, 2011

Myanmar
Is Aung San Suu Kyi Going Back to Jail?

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks with youths at the National League for Democracy (NLD) head office in Yangon February 8, 2011. (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters) Speaking wit…

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks with youths at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon

March 16, 2011

Treaties and Agreements
TWE Remembers: The Fight over the Panama Canal Treaties

President Obama begins his Latin America trip on March 19. When he stops in Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador the official business will range from trade to energy to regional security. One issue that w…

President Jimmy Carter at the White House discussing the Panama Canal Treaty during a nationally televised fireside chat. (Courtesy National Library of Congress)

March 28, 2011

Nuclear Energy
How Not To Debate Nuclear Power

Frank von Hippel had a smart and sensible op-ed on nuclear power in the New York Times last Thursday. Alas the letters to the editor in response, published this past Saturday, make me doubt that seri…

April 22, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Globe Warms and the People Chill

  A male polar bear waits for an ice sheet to form to allow migration in an area about 300km north of Churchill, Canada on November 17, 2009. (Iain D. Williams/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Tod…

A male polar bear waits for an ice sheet to form to allow migration in an area about 300km north of Churchill, Canada on November 17, 2009.

May 23, 2011

Sudan
Sudan: Khartoum Occupies Abyei

Smoke rise from burnt homes in Abyei town, in this handout photo released by the United Nations Mission in Sudan May 23, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) As South Sudan’s official independence approa…

Sudan: Khartoum Occupies Abyei

June 3, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Afghanistan Debate Heats Up

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Next month President Obama will likely anno…

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province.

June 14, 2011

Politics and Government
The Libya Debate Heats Up

President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Speaker of the House John Boehner sent a letter (see below) to the White House today s…

President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)