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December 2, 2013

Thailand Heads Over the Cliff

Over the weekend, Thailand’s unrest, centered in Bangkok, only went from bad to worse, with at least four people killed over the weekend, the anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of ending,…

An injured anti-government protester is carried by comrades during clashes with police near the Government house in Bangkok on December 2, 2013. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters)

December 11, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The Fiscal Cliff: What Is Success?

There seems to be more optimism that a deal can be reached before end year on the back of Obama-Boehner direct talks.  But views of what constitutes “success” vary widely, and notably how DC and NY l…

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July 23, 2019

North Korea
Sino-U.S. Strategic Competition Impedes a Nuclear Deal With North Korea

The Chinese view an expanding North Korean nuclear program as hastening the erosion of American credibility throughout Asia, and eventually contributing to China’s assumption of the role of regional …

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and China's President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on November 9, 2017.

July 15, 2019

Renewable Energy
A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. Political leaders around the country are debating the best ways to continue supporting the wind industry.

Power-generating windmill turbines are pictured at sunset at a wind park in Cagnicourt near Cambrai, France, May 22, 2019.

December 13, 2012

United States
The U.S. Fiscal Cliff: Three Things to Know

CFR’s Peter Orszag highlights the potential opportunities and limitations of a fiscal cliff deal.

August 23, 2012

Morning Brief: CBO Warns Fiscal Cliff Will Cause Recession

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts a recession in 2013 with an economic contraction of 0.5 percent if the "fiscal cliff" is not addressed (TheHill). The CBO director implored …

Congressional Budget Office Director Elmendorf gestures as he testifies before the first Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

February 26, 2019

Latin America’s Right Turn Could Draw Its Economies Closer

The ascent of leaders who favor free trade opens space for real integration.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri shakes hands with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil January 16, 2019.

November 14, 2018

Financial Markets
Is There a Financial Time Bomb in Sight?

If an expert committee makes the wrong call on Thursday, there is a disquieting possibility that the cliff may be in sight.

A store closing sale sign is posted next to a Sears logo in New Hyde Park, New York.

January 18, 2013

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Fiscal Cliff Update: a Short-Term Debt Limit Extension Shifts the Battlefield

Reports from the House Republican’s Williamsburg retreat suggest growing momentum in favor of a short-term debt limit extension.  This follows calls over the past few days from several prominent Repu…

November 21, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Targeted Killings, the Fiscal Cliff, and "Killer Robots"

Nicholas Schmidle, “After Pakistan,” The New Yorker, November 26, 2012. And then there were the drones. A couple of weeks ago, on his first day at Columbia, Munter admonished a class of fourteen law…