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November 22, 2016

China
Podcast: Fifteen Minutes With Joshua Wong

When Hong Kong police cleared the streets of Umbrella Movement protestors in December 2014, many feared for the fate of the city’s democracy movement. But two years later, in September’s elections, a…

Podcast Fifteen Minutes with Joshua Wong

August 2, 2018

Zimbabwe
Women Candidates Face Harassment and Threats of Violence in Zimbabwe

A new International Foundation for Electoral Studies (IFES) report finds women who run for office in Zimbabwe face a variety of persistent challenges, and calls into question the 10-year time limit o…

Women walk past Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) posters in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 26, 2018.

July 30, 2018

Mexico
The Coming U.S.-Mexico Blow-Up

On the eve of Mexico’s election, even before the National Electoral Institute called the results, President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to the presumptive victor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference to announce Marcelo Ebrard as foreign minister, in Mexico City, Mexico July 5, 2018.

June 3, 2016

China
Forty-Five Minutes With Joshua Wong

Four years ago, when he was just fifteen years old, Joshua Wong launched a campaign to prevent Beijing from enforcing its own version of history in Hong Kong schools. Along with other student activis…

Joshua Wong Umbrella Revolution Protests

May 8, 2018

China
Disaggregating the Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Since 2007

China's current account surplus is almost certainly about $100 billion larger than officially reported, and the falling current account surplus masks a persistent manufacturing surplus.

Disaggregating the Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Since 2007

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

March 9, 2018

China
China’s Own Goal: An Unnecessary and Counterproductive (on-budget) Fiscal Consolidation

China seems to be aiming to cut its (central government) fiscal deficit to around 2.6 percent of GDP. That’s the new target—down from a three percent target last year (UBS think the actual deficit in…

China’s Own Goal: An Unnecessary and Counterproductive (on-budget) Fiscal Consolidation

February 14, 2018

South Africa
The Painful Exit of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma

Zuma is not out yet, but he will be by February 15. Today, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete moved the motion of no confidence originally scheduled for February 22 to Thursday, February 15.

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January 26, 2018

Olympics
South Korea’s Olympic Gains

South Korea hopes to solidify its image as modern and efficient as host of the winter games, but its success relies heavily on cooperation from the North.

The Olympic Rings and 2018 mascots on display in Gangneung, South Korea.

January 10, 2018

Zimbabwe
Mnangagwa Tightens the Screws in Zimbabwe

In the short term, Mnangagwa’s strategy of economic liberalization while maintaining Mugabe’s illiberal political system (despite some new faces at the top) is likely to succeed.

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