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December 3, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Michael Bloomberg announced on March 4, 2020, that he was ending his campaign. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be taking the advice of John Maynard Keynes. The legendary e…

Michael Bloomberg

June 15, 2012

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Groupthink, Supreme Court Ruling, and State Propaganda

The Sandmonkey says Egypt’s revolutionaries suffer from Groupthink. The BBC offers a Q&A on this week’s ruling by the Egyptian Supreme Court, explaining exactly what it means and what impact it migh…

Weekend-Reading-06152012

May 17, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Mali: ’No Country for Old Men?’

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo attends a ceremony as former parliament speaker Dioncounda Traore (unseen) is sworn in as Mali's interim president in the captial Bamako, April 12, 2012.

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

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

November 12, 2006

United States
“Convenient to the point of being self-serving … but it seems right”

Those are the words Charles Dumas and Diana Choyleva of Lombard Street Research use to describe Bernanke's savings glut hypothesis in their book "The Bill from the China Shop."  They write:In Mar…

April 4, 2005

United States
McKinsey says the trade deficit does not matter

What is good for IBM (oops, Lenovo) is good for America.OK, that is a cheap shot.Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal published a column by Jon Hilsenrath that drew on work by Diana Farrell and the McKins…