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February 26, 2005

Capital Flows
Geoeconomics: What can we learn from the end of the “real” Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates?

Dan Drezner started a post with the Triffin dilemma, so I figure I too can digress into the realm of history.The Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates (Bretton Woods 1) collapsed, in some sens…

June 1, 2005

United States
Is the US sufficiently geared up?

Deep Throat is no longer Washington’s best kept secret, the ten-year Treasury note yields less than 4% and Stephen Roach is a (reluctant) bond bull. The currency of a country with a 6.5% of GDP cur…

April 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Gary Johnson, GOP Presidential Candidate

A worker sits on a pile of presidential campaign T-shirts for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 10, 2011. (Kevin Lamarq…

A worker sits on a pile of presidential campaign T-shirts for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington February 10, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

April 5, 2011

Climate Change
Kyoto Zombie Still Walking

Here’s what I wrote the morning after the Cancun climate talks ended: “There is one big hole in the Cancun agreement that many observers, in their excitement, appear to have quickly forgotten: its t…

July 8, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Brinkmanship on the Debt Ceiling

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. They say that if …

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011.

August 17, 2011

Israel
The Eagle Has Landed…In Sinai?

Flames rise from an Egyptian pipeline distribution station after an attack in the Sinai peninsula (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Let’s review what’s happening in the Middle East:  Syrian forces are atta…

The Eagle Has Landed…In Sinai?

August 26, 2011

Defense and Security
Beware the Rise of the Drones

A U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport on June 13, 2010 (Massoud Hossaini/Courtesy Reuters). This post originally appeared as part of t…

Beware the Rise of the Drones

February 13, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: A Tale of Two Nigerias

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…

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April 30, 2012

United States
How Risky Was the Osama bin Laden Raid?

Last week, the Obama campaign released a video starring Bill Clinton, in which he extolled the president’s decision to authorize the raid that killed Osama bin Laden one year ago. In the video, Clint…

Obama bin Laden

August 6, 2012

Egypt
Sinai Again

In light of Sunday’s events in which a dozen Egyptian policemen were killed near the Rafah border in addition to ongoing violence in Gaza, I am re-posting three pieces I have written on Sinai over th…

Sinai-Again