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November 21, 2004

Capital Flows
The Times is overselling the impact of the Iraq debt deal

Getting agreement from the Paris Club creditors to write off 80% (in stages) of the $40 billion or so that Iraq owes them is no doubt a good thing -- not the least because it lets the US (and Iraq) p…

January 6, 2005

Financial Markets
Already Conventional Wisdom?

It seems like Asian central bank support for the Treasury market -- and other fixed income markets -- has become part of the conventional wisdom recently. We know Bill Gross has long worried about t…

March 2, 2008

Financial Markets
Worth less, not worthless

I am glad Mr. Buffet clarified that. Project out last weeks trends for very long and there might be a bit of doubt. Mr. Soros wasn’t as kind. ""The dollar is a terribly flawed currency"Nor, for th…

September 23, 2008

Financial Markets
Sharing upside and downside risk ...

Sovereign wealth funds have invested about $35b in US financial institutions. Adding in Qatar’s investment in Barclays and Singapore’s investment (through the GIC) in UBS brings the total up sover…

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Drones, Drones

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 …

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 (Christopher Griffin/Courtesy Reuters).

October 28, 2011

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Homegrown Terrorism, and Income Inequality

The space shuttle Atlantis is seen with earth in the background as it draws near the International Space Station for docking (Courtesy Reuters). - Craig Whitlock, “U.S. Drone Base in Ethiopia is Ope…

The space shuttle Atlantis is seen with earth in the background as it draws near the International Space Station for docking (Courtesy Reuters).

March 30, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Afghanistan, and the North Korean Nuclear Program

Chris Woods and Emma Slater, “Arab spring brings steep rise in U.S. attacks in Yemen,” Bureau of Investigative Journalism, March 29, 2012. At least 26 US military and CIA strikes involving crui…

Afghanistan helicopter

May 18, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen and Drone Wars

Iona Craig, "Toll Climbs in Yemen’s Fight Against al-Qaeda," USA Today, May 18, 2012. Julian E. Barnes, "U.S. Rethinks Secrecy on Drone Program," Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2012. The policy chang…

Yemen protester

May 10, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Iran-IAEA Talks, G8 Summit, President Hollande, and the Cannes Film Festival

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed next week’s talks in Vienna between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran; the Group of Eight (G8) summit at Camp David…

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