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July 10, 2013

Fatal Misperception: How Unsafe Is Chinese Food?

Being an incorrigible tea drinker and a big fan of Chinese herbal products, I was disheartened by two reports released by Greenpeace. One study from 2012 suggested that twelve of the eighteen tea pro…

A farmer sprays pesticide in a wheat field in Zaozhuang, Shandong province on May 14, 2013.

May 17, 2013

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of May 17, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Tensions between Taiwan, Philippines escalate. The Philippine navy opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing vessel last we…

Former police officer Abner Afuang burns a replica of Taiwan's national flag as he protests against the mistreatment of Filipinos working overseas, along a main street of Manila on May 17, 2013. (Courtesy Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)

February 28, 2013

The World Next Week: Kenyans Vote, Italy Awaits a Government, and the Sixtieth Anniversary of Stalin’s Death Is Marked

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Kenyan elections, the scramble to assemble a new government in Italy, and the sixtieth anniversary of Stalin’s death. [audio: http://ww…

Eight Kenyan presidential candidates participate in the second presidential debate at Brookhouse School in Nairobi (Joan Pereruan/Nation Media Group/Courtesy Reuters).

January 9, 2013

Electoral Violence in Kenya

Introduction Kenya is at risk of repeating the violence that marred its 2007 presidential election, during which 1,133 died and nearly 600,000 were displaced from their homes. Political order in K…

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August 13, 2010

China’s Rise and the Contested Commons

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Aly Song Is there a more interesting place these days than the South China Sea? It’s the locus of a full-contact diplomatic spat between Washington and Beijing. It’s an …

China’s Rise and the Contested Commons

June 9, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
How Dangerous Is U.S. Government Debt?

Overview The dollar's status as the world's reserve currency has become a facet of U.S. power, allowing the United States to borrow effortlessly and sustain an assertive foreign policy. But the ca…

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May 17, 2009

Monetary Policy
"We hate you guys ... but there is nothing much we can do"

That – now famous -- quote by Luo Peng isn’t really true. China’s government choose to peg its currency to the dollar. More importantly, China’s government choose to peg to the dollar at a rate t…

"We hate you guys ... but there is nothing much we can do"

May 12, 2009

Economic Crises
The Global Consequences of the Crisis

Watch experts discuss past global financial and monetary policies during financial crises and actions that governments today might take to respond to current crisis. This session was part of the Ste…

May 12, 2009

Economic Crises
The Global Consequences of the Crisis

This session was part of the Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics: Financial Turbulence and U.S. Power, which was made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim. …

May 13, 2007

When will China’s government start begging Chinese savers to move some of their money abroad …

There is still a perception – though it is perhaps less widespread than it used to be – that Chinese savers are desperate to get their money out of China, if given half a chance.   That perception sh…