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August 30, 2005

Rubin doctrine of international finance v. Greenspan doctrine …

The Rubin doctrine of international finance (From In an Uncertain World):1. The only certainty in life is that nothing is ever certain.2. Markets are good, but they are not the solution to all proble…

February 4, 2007

Financial Markets
The mechanics of the carry trade, revealed … (sort of)

Andrew Rozanov of State Street knows a thing or two about how official institutions manage their money (that is a big part of his current job) and a thing or two about Japan (he was based in Tokyo fo…

October 1, 2007

Financial Markets
My recap of the past week

Oil stayed high -- but not high enough to worry Peter Fritsch and Kelly Evans of the Wall Street Journal.The dollar fell against the euro and loonie -- but probably not by enough for the dollar to di…

April 20, 2008

Inequality in America

Unions in the American manufacturing sector used to have the bargaining power to secure a middle class wage for their members. Not any more. And no one else – apart from corporate CEOs, hedge fu…

January 6, 2010

China Science Superpower, Redux

Following his excellent article on energy and innovation, Evan Osnos has a blog post on China as a science superpower.  While the post points to some of the markers many have seen as signs of China…

December 15, 2009

Green Innovation

Two good new articles--Evan Osnos in the New Yorker and Shai Oster in Wall Street Journal-- address the question of China’s innovative capabilities in green technologies. Both come out at about the s…

February 16, 2010

South Korea
KORUS FTA: A Strategic Opportunity for Bipartisanship

In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week last Thursday, President Obama stated that he would like to complete pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, but there’s a catch…

May 3, 2010

Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

Photo courtesy of flickr/Dano Cyber conflict remains an issue in search of a conceptual framework. In his widely noted, and controversial piece in the Washington Post, Michael McConnell, the forme…

Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

August 19, 2010

China and Another Contested Commons

In his Posting last week on the South China Sea, Evan raised some points on China and the global commons that I want to riff on in the realm of cyberspace. As Evan notes, China has reaped immense ec…

Cyber Cafe in Dalian

October 8, 2010

What Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Means for the Rest of China

All the political swirl surrounding Liu Xiaobo and his Nobel Peace Prize will soon die down, returning again no doubt when the prizes are actually awarded in December. For me, as I have written in pr…

A policeman stands guard as reporters wait at the entrance of a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, lives in Beijing October 8, 2010. Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an announcement that Beijing had anticipated and bitterly criticised. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic