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July 29, 2005

China
Words of Wisdom from Ted Truman

It is always worth paying attention to what Ted Truman - former director of the Federal Reserve's international staff, and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury -- is saying. And right now h…

July 19, 2006

China
Chinese growth accelerates, RMB depreciates

That was yesterday’s headline.   Or, given the time differences, perhaps the headline from two days ago. Chinese second quarter growth picked up to 11% plus.  The only real surprise here was that the…

January 31, 2007

United States
Roach on globalization and China

Stephen Roach made three arguments last Friday. I disagree with two of them, but agree with the third.  And the third is by far the most important.   But before getting to the point of agreement, the…

March 8, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Buddy Roemer, GOP Presidential Candidate

Former Louisiana governor Charles "Buddy" Roemer speaks at a news conference in Baton Rouge announcing his presidential exploratory committee on March 3, 2011. (Lee Celano/courtesy Reuters) At the s…

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January 12, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Why Are Oil Prices So Volatile?

Oil prices are up again today. What’s going on? A look at history gives some interesting insights. Eyal Dvir (Boston College) and Ken Rogoff (Harvard) have a very interesting working paper that trie…

March 8, 2012

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: The One-Year Anniversary of the Tsunami Disaster in Japan

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the one-year anniversaries of the tsunami in Japan and the start of the Syrian uprising; British Prime Minister David Cameron’s two-day …

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June 8, 2012

International Organizations
Everyone Agrees: Ratify the Law of the Sea

It is high time the United States joined 162 other states and the European Union in becoming party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)—thirty years after the Reagan administration fir…

Philippine and U.S. marines sit in rubber dinghies during an amphibious raid as part of a Philippine-U.S. joint military exercise in Ulugan bay

October 23, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The OAS Endorses a Quarantine of Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day Eight)

The first week of the Cuban missile crisis played out in secret. President John F. Kennedy and his advisers quietly evaluated the results of the U-2 overflights and formulated a response. But on Tues…

President John F. Kennedy signs Proclamation 3504 authorizing the quarantine of Cuba on October 23, 1962. (Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The Executive Committee of the National Security Council (Cuban Missile Crisis)

One of the first decisions that President John F. Kennedy made when he learned of the Soviet missiles in Cuba was to assemble a small group of senior administration officials to give him advice. That…

President John F. Kennedy meets with members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (ExCom) regarding the crisis in Cuba on October 29, 1962.  (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

January 25, 2013

Heads of State and Government
Unexpected Energy Headlines for Obama’s Second Term

When you ask energy experts what headlines to watch for in President Obama’s second term, you’re likely to hear about issues that are hot right now: the possibility of new greenhouse gas regulations,…