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May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military At Least Two Decades Away from Rivaling U.S. Forces, Concludes Newly Released Council Task Force Report

May 22, 2003 - China is pursuing a deliberate course of military modernization, but is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. Moreover, if the …

January 3, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Borrowing is Saving, Up is Down

Edmund Andrews of the New York Times provides the Rosetta stone that lets us decipher the Bush Administration’s plan to cut the deficit, which seems to be a plan to pretend to cut the deficit. Here i…

February 8, 2005

Chairman Greenspan: Do Not Worry, Be Happy

The Chairman gave policy makers a green light not to worry about the US current account deficit: the dollar’s existing fall will lead the deficit to turn around. The Chairman’s remarks also seem to …

October 13, 2005

Nigeria
The Pernicious Effects of Oil

This publication is now archived. IntroductionGiven the tight supply and surging demand of the world oil market, small countries that produce oil can have a major impact on global markets. This is in…

October 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Drozdiak: Germany’s ’Grand Coalition’ Amounts to ’National Emergency Government’

William M. Drozdiak, president of the American Council on Germany, says the emerging “grand coalition” government to be headed by Angela Merkel of the conservative Christian Democratic Union must fa…

May 11, 2006

Intelligence
Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside

Watch the principal authors of the Pentagon's Joint Forces Command's "Iraq Perspective Project" Kevin Woods and James Lacey discuss the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's regime.

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May 11, 2006

Intelligence
Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside

The key authors of the Pentagon’s secret study of Saddam Hussein’s regime, based on captured Iraqi documents and prisoner interviews, will discuss the Foreign Affairs article, “Saddam’s Delusions: Th…

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May 24, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
U.S. May Shift Strategy on North Korea

News reports say the United States may be shifting its approach toward North Korea in an ongoing effort to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program. But some experts say that with negotiations st…

July 9, 2006

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
A fringe benefit from over-paid CEOs

CEOs do still pay taxes.Edmund Andrews in the New York Times: The main reason [for the smaller than expected deficit] is a big spike in corporate tax receipts, which have nearly tripled since 2003,…

July 17, 2006

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Edmund Andrews’ article on tax revenue volatility is a gem

Credit should be given where credit is due. I have a few quibbles with the lead of Andrews’ article.  Even if it sets up a compare and contrast, I never like anything that starts with “It was enough …