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April 30, 2005

Monetary Policy
So, have central banks lost interest in Treasuries?

Two apologies in advance: First, this is one my wonkier/ data-intensive kind of posts. Second, this post responds to a subscription only Wall Street Journal C4 article by Agnes Crane that ran last …

July 2, 2008

Financial Markets
Read the annual report of the Bank of International Settlements

International institutions usually put out reports filled with turgid and overly-qualified prose. But not the BIS. At least not this year. The introduction and conclusion of its 78th annual rep…

July 13, 2009

Will the Chinese Keep Saving?

In a recent post, Jeffrey Frankel asks will the U.S. Keep Saving? noting that despite the recent increase in the U.S. savings rate, the demographics of the U.S. (as well as those of Japan and Europe…

December 3, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Anglo-U.S. Relations Can Overcome WikiLeaks Fallout

The diplomatic fallout triggered by the Wikileaks debacle has been front and center this week. The Times of London asked me to comment on what the leaked cables mean for the special relationship wi…

Anglo-U.S. Relations Can Overcome WikiLeaks Fallout

December 15, 2010

Politics and Government
Senator Kyl’s Line in the Sand

Just as the prospects for the New START Treaty started to look good, they no longer do.  Josh Rogin reports that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) just drew a line in the sand: Kyl said Tuesday he still does…

Senator Kyl’s Line in the Sand

November 18, 2010

Politics and Government
The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

Walking by Westminster this morning I was reminded of the grandeur of democracy.  Watching the battle back in Washington over the New START Treaty, I am reminded that democratic practice is often m…

The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

January 25, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Watching the State of the Union Address

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. tonight to deliver the S…

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington.

February 25, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: John Foster Dulles

Every day thousands of people fly into and out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport. Few of them think about the man for whom the airport is named, John Foster Dulles. He was born on this day…

Dulles-and-Eisenhower

March 25, 2011

Wars and Conflict
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Obama versus the Framers

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Courtesy Library of Congress) I noted in a post earlier today that President Obama can make a credible legal case—if he were ever forced to make one—t…

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA (Courtesy Library of Congress)

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.