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September 23, 2005

China
Did anything really change with the RMB today?

Widening the trading band around the dollar would be a big deal. Widening the trading bands around other currencies does not strike me as a big deal.  It - in a sense - just makes it easier to sti…

March 27, 2006

Economics
The Economist’s Lexington columnist needs to get out a bit more …

Rather amazingly, the only US public intellectuals that seem to have made it onto Lexington's radar screen come from the American right.     The Neocon right and its pet idea (invading Iraq), the…

October 18, 2008

Monetary Policy
Where is my swap line? And will the diffusion of financial power Balkanize the global response to a broadening crisis?

Some emerging market central banks have noticed that they – unlike the Bank of Japan, Bank of England, Swiss National Bank and the European Central Bank – don’t have access to unlimited dollar credit…

June 15, 2011

Lord Stanley’s Cup Meets Globalization

The Stanley Cup trophy. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters) Globalization meets hockey tonight at 8 PM when the Boston Bruins square off against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. A…

The Stanley Cup trophy is seen in the National Hockey League’s store in New York, April 15, 2009. The quest for the Stanley Cup begins tonight with the start of the NHL playoffs. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters)

September 13, 2011

UN Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases

The United Nations logo displayed on a door at the U.N. headquarters in New York. (Joshua Lott/courtesy Reuters) Next Monday the United Nations will host its first ever High-Level Meeting on Noncomm…

The United Nations logo is displayed on a door at U.N. headquarters in New York February 26, 2011. The U.N. Security Council plans to vote on Saturday on a draft resolution that would slap sanctions on Libya’s leaders and refer the recent violence to the International Criminal Court, diplomats said. REUTERS/ Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

March 14, 2012

Wonk Writing Today

In his excellent book published in 1999, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, Leon Sigal chronicles the Clinton administration’s confrontation with Pyongyang over its nuclear prog…

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March 30, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama’s Open Mic Gaffe

Above the Fold. President Obama got himself into hot water this week when he was overhead telling Russian president Dmitri Medvedev he would have “more flexibility” on issues like missile defense aft…

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March 2, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Americans Out of Egypt

Above the Fold. The six Americans charged with violating Egypt’s civil-society laws finally got to come home last night. The National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute p…

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January 13, 2012

Asia
U.S. Restores Diplomatic Relations With Myanmar

News today that the administration would restore full diplomatic relations with Myanmar, placing an ambassador in the country, should be seen as another sign of the rapid reentry of Myanmar into the …

Ko Pyone Cho (C), one of the leaders of a 1988 student uprising, reunites with his family at Yangon International Airport in Yangon January 13, 2012.

November 29, 2011

Asia
Judging Hillary Clinton’s Visit to Burma

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton will be the first American Secretary of State to travel to Burma in over half a century (Romeo Ranoco/Courtesy Reuters). On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clin…

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton will be the first American Secretary of State to travel to Burma in over half a century.