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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…

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

January 7, 2011

Friday File: Welcome Back Bill Daley, Congratulations Gene Sperling

U.S. President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has a new White House chief of staff, Bill …

President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff

January 18, 2011

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
TWE Quick Takes: Hu Makes Nice, Obama Talks Tough

U.S. Air Force personnel adjust the red carpet before the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) A few more news items left over from a t…

U.S. Air Force personnel adjust the red carpet before the arrival of China’s President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base.

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…

February 11, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Budget Brawl Begins

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea. (Fabrizio Bensch/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Football season is over, but Washington’s annual budget brawl begins Monday when…

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea.

January 31, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Seven Thoughts on Egypt

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Like many of you I spent a good portion of my weekend following events in Egypt. My colleagues Elliott Abram…

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo

February 22, 2011

Guest Post: What the American Public Thinks about Egypt

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest outside the White House. (Jose Luis Magaua/courtesy Reuters) Politicians, pundits, and bloggers have all been weighing in with their assessments of how P…

Demonstrators shout slogans during protest outside the White House

March 2, 2011

Defense and Security
What If Qaddafi Hangs On?

Muammar Qaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech. (Ahmed Jadallah/courtesy Reuters) Much of the talk about Libya over the past week assumed that Col. Qaddafi was about to be swept from power…

Muammar Qaddafi waves in Tripoli before making a speech

May 13, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Will We Come to Regret the Raid on Abbottabad?

A policeman walks in front of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. (Faisal Mahmood/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Actions, even virtuous ones, have consequences. Sometimes those consequenc…

A policeman walks in front of the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad.