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November 19, 2004

Greenspan in the news

Alan Greenspan’s comments on the US twin deficits are getting lots of play. Just saying that at some point foreign appetite for US assets is likely to diminish and won’t stay at its current strong p…

December 18, 2004

2004 and 2005 current account deficits

Now that we have three of the four data points for 2004, it is worth trying to make a (well) informed guess about the end of the year current account deficit -- and to peer into 2005. This post of c…

July 19, 2005

Calculated Risk might want to start looking at the Netherlands

Calculated Risk has long argued that those wanting to peer into crystal ball and see the future of the US economy should look at Britain -- since Britain’s housing boom started before the US boom, an…

December 23, 2007

Capital Flows
A Saudi investment authority?

The FT broke a major story -- at least in my world -- late on Friday. The Saudis are about to set up a sovereign wealth fund: Saudi Arabia plans to establish a sovereign wealth fund that is expecte…

May 6, 2008

Financial Markets
Saudi Arabia to implement an IMF style fiscal austerity program with oil at $120?

Oil is trading above $120. Saudi Arabia exports more oil than anyone else.     It isn’t unrealistic to think the Saudis oil export revenue could approach $400 billion a year if oil stays above $120…

December 21, 2009

The Decade’s Top Ten Game-Changers in U.S.-China Relations

It’s the end of the year, and end of a decade, and we here at Asia Unbound are not immune to the easy lure of the “Top Ten” list. OK, it’s not the Top Ten “Accidental Celebrities” or “Cultural Momen…

December 23, 2010

The World Next Year

Bob McMahon and I sat down for our usual weekly podcast session but with a twist. Rather than discussing what’s on the horizon for next week, we talked about how things look to be shaping up for 20…

The World Next Year

February 28, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Quick Takes: No Oscar for "Killing in the Name"

Ashraf Al-Khaled (L) and Carie Lemack of the film nominated for best short documentary, "Killing in the Name," arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson/courtesy Reuters) I forced myself to…

Ashraf Al-Khaled (L) and Carie Lemack of the film nominated for best short documentary,

April 15, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Some Thoughts on the Howarth Shale Gas Paper

A new paper by Cornell’s Robert Howarth, which claims that shale gas is worse for greenhouse gas emissions than coal, has been getting a lot of attention in the popular press. Howarth’s basic questio…

July 8, 2011

Climate Change
The Peer Review Fetish

The following statement in a ClimateProgress post this past weekend jumped out at me: “Peer review is the basis of modern scientific endeavour.” This strikes me as an accurate reflection of the way…