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April 28, 2006

Why does China have a looser monetary policy than the United States?

We know why the global economy grew strongly in the first quarter.   Nothing changed.  Or rather, the basic pattern that has driven global growth for the past few years intensified.The US continued t…

January 20, 2011

China
Hu and Obama: What Did It All Mean?

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao shake hands at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011. (Jim Youn…

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao shake hands at the conclusion of their joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011.

June 7, 2011

International Organizations
The Trials of International Tribunals

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre. (Dado Ruvic/Courtesy Reuters) Champions of international justice have been heartene…

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre.

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

October 21, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Super Committee Has Thirty-Three Days

A pigeon sits on a clock in Frankfurt. (Alex Domanski/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The super committee now has a bit more than a month to strike a long-term deficit reduction deal. I’m skeptica…

A pigeon sits on a clock in front of the Frankfurt stock exchange, August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: ANIMALS)

November 3, 2011

Israel
Accelerating Palestinian UN Diplomacy and Its Consequences

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas holds up a letter to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon requesting Palestinian statehood at the 66th United Nations General Assembly at UN head…

Accelerating Palestinian UN Diplomacy and Its Consequences

January 3, 2012

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Does Iowa Matter?

Governor Rick Perry points at the Iowa state flag during a campaign event in December, 2011 (John Gress/courtesy Reuters). Last week I sat down with veteran reporter and CFR.org consulting editor Be…

Governor Rick Perry points at the Iowa state flag during a campaign event in December, 2011 (John Gress/courtesy Reuters).

January 12, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Syria’s Future and the Arab League

Yesterday I discussed the violence, instability, and political developments in Syria with CFR.org’s Bernard Gwertzman, a former New York Times diplomatic correspondent and foreign editor. It’s curren…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad addresses his supporters during a surprise appearance at a rally in Umayyad Square in Damascus on January 11, 2012 (Wael Hmedan/Courtesy Reuters).

April 13, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Night Raids, and the Appeal and Cost of Nuclear Weapons

“Piracy and Private Security,” The Economist, April 14, 2012. Private security teams patrol the decks of around 40% of large vessels in the “high-risk area” that stretches from the Persian Gulf…

Night raid training

March 2, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Besieges, Egypt Relents, and Iran War-Talk

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Developments shifted back this week to the intense fighting in Syria, especially the siege of Homs. On Thursday, Syrian rebels announced their retreat fro…

Some of the fourteen Egyptian activists who were accused of working for unlicensed non-governmental organizations and receiving illegal foreign funds, stand in a cage during the opening of their trial in Cairo on February 26, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).