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July 13, 2009

Beat Down

I have a couple of themes on which I wanted to post, but they will most likely have to wait for later. The market, in the words of the E*Trade commercial, is issuing me a bit of a beat down today, an…

January 15, 2019

China
U.S.-China Trade Issues Looms Large for Oil

Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is worried about the U.S.-China trade war. Even though oil prices seem to be stabilizing, Barkindo to…

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo addresses a news conference.

January 9, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Celebrates 14th Anniversary of His Four-Year Term

On January 9, 2005—exactly 14 years ago today—Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority. For a four-year term. Today Abbas begins serving the fifteenth year of his four-year…

December 3, 2018

Turkey
The Vulgar Marxism of Middle East Punditry

For political activists in the Muslim world, it's not just the economy, stupid.

Unemployed graduates shout anti-government slogans during a protest, to demand the government to offer them jobs, in front of the parliament headquarters in Cairo, March 27, 2016, where Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail was speaking

November 19, 2018

China
China’s Naturally Triangular Trade… and What China’s Bilateral Trade Data Is Telling Us Right Now

The bilateral trade data is useful, even if Trump doesn’t always interpret it correctly…

China’s Naturally Triangular Trade… and What China’s Bilateral Trade Data Is Telling Us Right Now

October 16, 2018

Global Governance
America Has Abdicated its Vital Leadership Role, Warn Daalder and Lindsay in New Book

October 16, 2018—America under President Donald J. Trump is abdicating its important leadership role in the current world order, write Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay in their ne…

The Empty Throne Cover

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

October 8, 2018

United States
The White House National Cyber Strategy: Continuity with a Hint of Hyperbole

There seems to be a general consensus that the White House's new cyber strategy is a continuation of existing policy. However, the us-versus-them approach the strategy takes could pose a problem. 

The White House

October 1, 2018

Donald Trump
The Committee to Save the World Order

On his last day in office President Barack Obama left a note on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office for his successor. The note offered congratulations and extolled democratic institutions and value…

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September 21, 2018

United States
Is Trumponomics Working? Not Really.

Trump’s trade policy is turning out to be worse than expected and the growth surge mostly reflects a temporary sugar high from last December’s tax cut. The caveat has to do with corporate investment…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on his tax policy in Blue Ash, Ohio, U.S. February 5, 2018.