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September 6, 2005

Capital Flows
Is Iraq an economic success? (What is Patrick Clawson thinking?)

I think it is fair to say that I see the world - and Iraq's economy -- very differently than Patrick Clawson.  Clawson argues in the New Republic that Iraq currently is financing most of its own …

September 7, 2010

India
As India “Looks East,” a Little Problem of Economics

Thanks to its fabulous editor, Sanjaya Baru, I’ve begun writing a regular column, “DC Diary,” for India’s leading financial daily, the Business Standard.  An inaugural piece on Monday offered India…

As India “Looks East,” a Little Problem of Economics

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)

August 11, 2011

Fossil Fuels
A Must Read Report on Shale Gas

The Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board has published its 90-day interim report (PDF) on “Improving the Safety and Environmental Performance of Hydraulic Fracturing”. I…

February 16, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: New Figures on Facebook and Twitter in Africa

This is a guest post by Asch Harwood and Melissa Bukuru. Asch is the CFR Africa program research associate. Follow him on Twitter at @aschlfod. Melissa is the CFR Africa program intern. Like mobile …

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February 24, 2012

Weekend Reading: Maghreb-palooza

A letter from the Overseas Press Club to H.M. King Mohamed VI of Morocco, criticizing the lack of press freedom in the country. Erik Churchill writes about labor unrest in post-revolutionary Tunisia…

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June 8, 2012

Trade
The North American Market: A Competitive Edge That Shouldn't Be Squandered

If there’s a golden rule for economic competitiveness, it's this: “Always exploit your advantages.” Yet for more than a decade, the United States has systematically undermined one of its biggest – ou…

A truck makes its way through the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal nuclear material detector at the New York Container Terminal in April 2007 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

September 26, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
History Lessons: The Munich Agreement

A new installment of “History Lessons” is now out. This time I examine the signing of the Munich Agreement in the early morning hours of September 30, 1938. (The agreement itself is dated September 2…

November 1, 2012

Climate Change
How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

As the public debate over Hurricane Sandy turns in part from the immediate impacts of the storm to its possible links to climate change, a new theme is emerging: Sandy is not just part of a new norma…

How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

November 1, 2013

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: Drones, al-Shabaab in Somalia, and the NSA.

Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt, “As Security Deteriorates at Home, Iraqi Leader Arrived in U.S. Seeking Aid,” New York Times, October 31, 2013. Until now, Mr. Maliki was reluctant to openly ask …