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March 16, 2018

Capital Flows
The (Balance of Payments) World Changed in 2014

Reserve growth stopped as private investors in Europe and Japan started buying a lot of the rest of the world's bonds.

The (Balance of Payments) World Changed in 2014

January 3, 2018

China
China’s Impact on the U.S. Bond Market Gets Too Much Attention. And Europe's Too Little

The ECB has almost certainly had a bigger impact on U.S. rates over the last three years than the PBOC, without buying (or selling) any Treasuries.

China’s Impact on the U.S. Bond Market Gets Too Much Attention.   And Europe's Too Little

May 3, 2017

European Union
Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s …

A demonstrator wears an EU flag.

July 16, 2012

Europe and Eurasia
More Evidence That LIBOR Is Hazardous to Economic Health

Central bankers necessarily spend a great deal of time studying economic and market data that they believe to be forward-looking indicators of the economy’s health.  One such is the so-called “LIB…

More Evidence That LIBOR Is Hazardous to Economic Health

November 1, 2011

United States
UNESCO and After: Multiple Wrongs Won’t Secure Rights

General view of the leaders' forum room during the 36th session of UNESCO's General Conference in Paris on October 26, 2011 (Benoit Tessier/Courtesy Reuters). The vote by UNESCO to admit Pal…

UNESCO and After: Multiple Wrongs Won’t Secure Rights

October 27, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: NATO in Libya, the G20 Meets, “7 Billion Day”

A French jet returns from a mission in Libya to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I sat down to discuss NAT…

A French jet returns from a mission in Libya to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)

August 19, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Sanctions on Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama’s call yeste…

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)

November 3, 2011

International Organizations
Palestine and UNESCO: We’ve Only Just Begun

Palestinian Foreign Minister al-Malki and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Sanbar attend a press conference during the 36th session of UNESCO's General Conference in Paris (Benoit Tessier/Courtes…

Palestine and UNESCO: We’ve Only Just Begun

October 12, 2011

United States
Still Exceptional After All These Years?

The replica of the Statue of Liberty is seen in Paris September 11, 2011. (Benoit Tessier/Courtesy Reuters) Over at Foreign Policy.com, prominent realist Stephen Walt has a thought-provoking article…

Still Exceptional After All These Years?