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January 6, 2006

Monetary Policy
Read Andrew Balls and Geoff Dyer on Chinese reserve management

I strongly recommend the latest by Balls (in DC) and Dyer (in Shanghai). It covers both sides of the "does China's reserve management matter" debate.  But it gets two key points absolutely right:…

March 7, 2019

Algeria
Political Instability in Algeria

A bungled leadership transition and continuing economic stagnation in Algeria would have significant ramifications for U.S. counterterrorism interests and regional stability. Washington should take worthwhile to manage the risk of growing political instability, including precautionary measures to safeguard its interests should the worst happen.

Students take part in a protest in Algiers to denounce an offer by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run in elections but not to serve a full term if reelected, on March 5, 2019. (Ramzi Boudina/Reuters)

May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

March 30, 2017

South Africa
An Independent Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Africa

Geoff Hill writes in a credible Daily Maverick (South Africa) op-ed that people across Africa want the rule of law, and they are demanding it more and more, often from their local judiciaries. But Af…

African Judges

December 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
The Economic Costs of Gender-Based Violence in Latin America

Research indicates that gender-based violence costs the world approximately $1.5 trillion a year, but governments have struggled to address it. Though Latin America has made significant progress in e…

Podcast An activist carries a cross during a march to mark International Women's Day in Nicaragua on March 8, 2018.The banner reads "Not one more. No more violence against women."

October 5, 2018

Technology and Innovation
The Artificial Intelligence Race and the New World Order

Kai-Fu Lee discusses the advances in artificial intelligence technology, the effects on the future of work, and the technology race between the United States and China.

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February 25, 2009

China
U.S. External Debt

This chart compares the Treasury and Agency holdings of China and Japan. As the chart shows, the amount of debt that the U.S. owes to China has increased sharply this decade and the amount owed to …

U.S. External Debt

August 2, 2010

China
China’s Currency Head Fake

In the run-up to the June G20 summit in Toronto, China came under significant U.S. pressure to loosen its currency peg to the dollar. “The administration constructively set the G20 meeting as an im…

China’s Currency Head Fake

May 15, 2009

China
China’s Foreign Assets

China’s total foreign assets, including its dollar assets, have grown substantially. China is worried about the risks associated with holding large amounts of dollar assets, as evidenced by its cal…

China’s Foreign Assets

March 17, 2009

China
China's Foreign Assets

China’s holdings of foreign assets have grown dramatically this decade. During the past few years their risk appetite grew as they purchased increasing amounts of foreign equities and corporate bon…

China's Foreign Assets