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March 9, 2008

Economics
Grim

I am not just referring to current financial market conditions, even though by all accounts the credit market is facing severe distress. The gap between Agency MBS and Treasury spreads feels a bit …

November 8, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Looks Grim as Biya Begins Another Term

On November 4, two days before Biya’s inauguration, seventy-eight students, the principal, and two staff members were kidnapped from a Presbyterian school near Bamenda, in the Anglophone part of the country. On November 7, officials reported that the seventy-eight students were freed the day before, as was a staff member. As of November 8, the principal, a teacher, and perhaps more children, were still in captivity.

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January 25, 2017

Global
A Conversation With Brian Moynihan

Brian Moynihan discusses U.S. and global markets, the global financial system in 2017, and how the banking industry is helping to drive the real economy.

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October 12, 2018

Climate Change
UN Climate Report Highlights Extreme Risk to Many Regions

A recent study by noted climate scientists is particularly bad news for the planet’s most vulnerable regions, including the Arctic and small Pacific islands. 

Climate Change Flooding India

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

March 2, 2009

Financial Markets
A grim Q4 in the G-7

Today, obviously, was not a good day for anyone who had funds invested in global equities. The financial sector continues to pile up stunning losses. US -- and no doubt global -- manufacturing con…

A grim Q4 in the G-7

August 22, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Pompeo Staffs Up

Today Secretary of State Pompeo announced the appointment of Steve Biegun to be Special Representative for North Korea. This follows the announcements of Brian Hook as Special Representative for Iran…

October 4, 2011

Defense and Security
Grim Outlook for U.S. Foreign Aid

American soldiers carry relief supplies for families affected by a typhoon in the Philippines. (Romeo Ranoco/courtesy Reuters) The New York Times has a front-page story today on how U.S. foreign aid…

Photographer: 	 REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco American soldiers carry relief supplies for families affected by Typhoon Durian from a cargo plane after its arrival at the Manila International airport December 7, 2006. Americans, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided disaster relief and assistance to the Philippines after it was severely hurt by Typhoon Durian that killed 570 people and destroyed nearly 250,000 houses. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)

July 14, 2018

Human Rights
Silence on Nicaragua from Sanders and Di Blasio Helps the Regime’s Repression

The desperate human rights situation in Nicaragua is now very clear, and a Washington Post story today makes for grim reading. Just as the Castro regime in Cuba has long used paramilitaries for unoff…

July 9, 2018

Digital Policy
Reports of the Death of Internet Freedom Are Greatly Exaggerated

Rampant data collection, surveillance, and censorship may have shattered idealistic notions of the internet's liberating potential. Nevertheless, the internet continues to present an ever-expanding t…

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