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October 9, 2006

United States
Stephen Jen, Eternal optimist

Apparently, the US fiscal deficit is set to disappear and the US current account deficit has peaked.  At least it has in Stephen Jen-land.  In his latest email Jen writes: “US’s corporate revenues ar…

December 1, 2008

Human Rights
Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

It has been two years since the United States and Colombia signed a free trade agreement, and it still has not been approved by Congress, in part due to concerns over Colombia’s human rights record. …

Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

December 1, 2008

Mexico
It’s time for Mexico to take the lead, from Mexico’s The News

It’s hard to believe that Calderon is coming up for 2 years in office, one-third of his term. Much has been said of Calderon’s domestic agenda, but in the op-ed below, published in Mexico’s major Eng…

It’s time for Mexico to take the lead, from Mexico’s The News

November 8, 2010

United States
Egypt Week in Washington?

Last week was Egypt week in Washington.  On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of policy analysts, former government officials, and democracy advocates visited with National Security Council staff to expr…

democracy egypt turkey reform

December 24, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Guest Post: After New START

My good friend and former CFR colleague Jim Goldgeier has graciously agreed to share his thoughts on what the Obama administration should do next now that it has pocketed its victory on New START. Ji…

January 5, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Introducing Pressure Points

©2010 Google - Imagery ©2010 TerraMetrics Pressure Points is a new blog, primarily about the Middle East but with a special interest in democracy promotion and human rights issues more broadly. Why…

Introducing Pressure Points

January 5, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Christmas in Egypt

Riot police stand behind a protective wire barrier during clashes outside al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) The New Year bombing at a church in Alexandria, Egypt has now c…

Christmas in Egypt

January 6, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Telescopic Philanthropy, 2011

Wreckage is seen after rioters damaged shops in Maan. (Petra Petra/Courtesy Reuters) APN News: "Rioters in the southern Jordanian city of Maan set fire to government buildings, police cars and busin…

Telescopic Philanthropy, 2011

January 6, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Democracy Hits the Gulf

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah inspects an honour guard at Merdeka palace in Jakarta. (Supri Supri/Courtesy Reuters) When a news story says that an Arab prime minister nar…

Democracy Hits the Gulf

January 7, 2011

Human Rights
Is Tunisia Next?

A man puts up an electoral poster of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis. (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters) Tunisia is not a very important country, but the fall of its twenty-three year old di…

Is Tunisia Next?