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January 30, 2007

Financial Markets
Hey big spender (or why conservation is perhaps a bit more than just a personal virtue) ….

In the past, I have noted that oil exporters saved rather than spent the windfall from the surge in oil prices.    The IMF calculated that the average oil producer in the Middle East “spent” 30% and …

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March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Going to End Well?

A French fighter jet prepares to land at its military air base on the island of Corsica where France runs its military operation against Libya. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold…

A French fighter jet prepares to land at the military air base on the island of Corsica where France runs its military operation against Libya. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/courtsey Reuters)

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Arms Sales to Taiwan

Five F-16 jets fly in formation. (Ho New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Palestinian statehood bid is not the only issue the Obama administration has been struggling with this week. On Wednesd…

Five U.S. Air Force F-16

March 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Lessons Learned: The Firebombing of Tokyo

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the firebombing of Tokyo, also known as “Operation Meetinghouse,” which began on March 9, 1945. In the video I discuss the destr…

March 8, 2012

United States
Ask the Experts: Where Are the Women in Foreign Policy?

Having worked at a number of institutions over the past fifteen years, I have long been struck by the proportional underrepresentation of women in U.S. foreign policy and national security positions…

Situation Room 2010

June 15, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Public Opinion, and Pakistan’s Complicity

Pew Research Center, “Drone Strikes Widely Opposed: Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted,” June 13, 2012. (3PA: For my reaction to the poll numbers on international opinion …

Drone strike Waziristan

August 7, 2012

Education
Guest Post: Community Colleges and America's Skills Gap

The following is a guest post written by Curtis Valentine, a CFR term member and education reform advocate in Maryland. Follow him on Twitter at @curtiseveryday. In a recent meeting of the National …

Students listen to professor Christian Agunwamba during a "Fundamentals of Algebra" class at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

November 28, 2012

Japan
Is Japan in Decline?: A Conversation

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Japan is now in…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

November 29, 2012

Japan
Gerald L. Curtis: The Declinist Debate is a Diversion

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Is Japan in dec…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

January 14, 2013

Japan
The Conversation on Japan’s Decline Concludes

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Last year, as J…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo