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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…

January 27, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

This publication is now archived. Who is the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani?He is the most important Shiite cleric in Iraq, where the population is about 60 percent Shiite. The reclusive, Iranian-bor…

February 2, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Military Justice

This publication is now archived. How does the military justice system work?A U.S. soldier who is charged with breaking the law can face one of five types of military justice proceedings, says Lee D…

February 7, 2005

Palestinian Territories
MIDDLE EAST: After Arafat

This publication is now archived. Who is Yasir Arafat’s likely successor?Experts say there is no Palestinian politician who can fully step into the role of Yasir Arafat, the ailing president of the P…