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May 27, 2020

United States
Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

Foreign Treasury sales, including large sales from reserve managers, made the Fed's job harder, not easier, in March.

Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

May 26, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 16–22

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 16 to 22, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

May 15, 2020

United States
The Irish Shock to U.S. Manufacturing?

 Over the last fifteen years, U.S. production of pharmaceuticals has fallen while imports have soared. It is worth asking why.   

The Irish Shock to U.S. Manufacturing?

May 8, 2020

United States
Five Points about U.S. Trade Over the Last Thirty Years

A few things that jumped out at me about the U.S. trade data. Some no doubt are controversial. 

Five Points about U.S. Trade Over the Last Thirty Years

May 5, 2020

Turkey
Turkey Shows the Value of Balance Sheet Analysis

Selling reserves borrowed from the banks ultimately puts the health of Turkey's banks at risk.

Turkish External Debt (USD BIllions)

April 28, 2020

Human Trafficking
COVID-19 and Modern Slavery: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future of the Fight

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Volunteers give food to migrant workers from Myanmar who lost their jobs following the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand April 23, 2020.

April 27, 2020

Elections and Voting
Weighing the Risks of Remote Voting Technology

As the United States attempts to ensure that its citizens can safely vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, some have suggested that it should embrace remote voting technologies. However, these systems p…

Voter Rachel Messenger wears a sign reading "Thank you for risking your life to vote" as she waits in line outside Riverside University High School to cast a ballot during the presidential primary election held amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

April 14, 2020

China
Looking Back at China's 2019 Balance of Payments Data

Trump's trade war didn't really put a dent in China's balance of payments. And China looks like it has the kind of external balance sheet needed to weather the corona virus shock. China has a lot of …

Looking Back at China's 2019 Balance of Payments Data

April 7, 2020

Americas
Coronavirus Is Killing Lopez Obrador’s Big Plans for Mexico

His “Fourth Transformation” is a victim of his failure to take the pandemic seriously.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shows his amulets, which he says serves him as a "protective shield" against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) along with his honesty and not allowing corruption, during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico March 18, 2020.

March 31, 2020

International Economic Policy
Not One Emerging Market Financial Crisis, but Many…

The common denominator across many emerging economies is a shortage of dollars. But the causes differ, as do the solutions.

A worker wearing a protective suit is seen inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai, China February 28, 2020.