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February 5, 2007

United States
Not even worth mentioning anymore

Deborah Solomon of the Wall Street Journal explains how the US was able to have guns (and some though may be not enough up-armored humvees), butter (or at least over-priced prescription drugs), low i…

July 6, 2007

Emerging Markets
One more reason China and Russia are not quite as welcoming to foreign direct investment these days…

They don't need the money.Deborah Solomon's interesting A1 Wall Street Journal story about the US Treasury's concerns that the world may not be quite as open to US direct investment as it…

October 18, 2007

United States
SIV-City

The Wall Street Journal says it is London.  The Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism cries foul: the real SIV-City is Citi.   Yves Smith has a point.   The Journal’s reporting makes it clear that Citi – an…

December 3, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: A Treaty for a Tax Cut

Above the Fold. Don’t count the New START Treaty out just yet. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Good Morning America on Tuesday that the treaty could be approved by year’s end. Sen. George Voinovich…

Friday File: A Treaty for a Tax Cut

May 25, 2011

Libya: NATO’s Report Card

Under the War Powers Resolution, authorization for U.S. military operations in Libya expired last Friday, the sixtieth day of “kinetic military action.” The Obama administration did not pay this lega…

July 12, 2011

Israel
Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

  An Israeli artillery unit fires a shell towards Lebanon from its position near the Israeli-Lebanese border August 9, 2006. Israel decided on Wednesday to expand its ground offensive in Leban…

Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

October 28, 2011

Friday File: Do Presidents Matter in Foreign Policy?

Former president George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton and former president Jimmy Carter (not shown) meet in the Oval Office on Janua…

From L-R, former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

August 2, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Somalia Famine Finally Captures the News Cycle

Eastern Africa: Drought-Humanitarian Snapshot, 29 July 2011 (Courtesy of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). A full pdf is available here: http://reliefweb.int/node/438043. Tod…

Somalia Famine Finally Captures the News Cycle

December 19, 2011

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy: Top Twenty Quotes by the Government in 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Rhodes and Senior Advisor Axelrod in the Oval Office (July 6, 2010). In researching national secur…

 U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Rhodes and Senior Advisor Axelrod in the Oval Office (July 6, 2010).

March 2, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Besieges, Egypt Relents, and Iran War-Talk

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Developments shifted back this week to the intense fighting in Syria, especially the siege of Homs. On Thursday, Syrian rebels announced their retreat fro…

Some of the fourteen Egyptian activists who were accused of working for unlicensed non-governmental organizations and receiving illegal foreign funds, stand in a cage during the opening of their trial in Cairo on February 26, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).