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November 12, 2020

Cybersecurity
Widening the Aperture on the Study of Internet Control

Internet control is more than just an authoritarian problem. It invades the openness of democratic societies as well.

A man takes a selfie during a live screening of a ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

October 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
China’s Approach to Development in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

A closer look at Chinese Belt and Road development in East Africa.

The Kenyan (black, red, and green) and Chinese (red and yellow) national flags hang on the wall of an SGR train traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya, on October 22, 2019.

March 16, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
The Best Foreign Policy Puts Women at the Center

Research confirms that nations seeking to fortify their own security, better use foreign aid, or support stable and democratic partners should prioritize women’s advancement.

Finnish Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni in Helsinki, December 2019.

June 3, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Africa at the Center of Twenty-First-Century Demographic Shift

Nowhere is the African demographic boom more obvious than in Nigeria, where the current population of 219 million, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Factbook most recent estimate, is projected to increase to around 400 million by 2050, at which point it will likely displace the United States as the third largest country in the world by population. By the end of the century, some credibly project that Nigeria’s population will be greater than China's, where the birth-rate fall has been especially dramatic, leaving it second to only India in populational globally.

A man and his two children sit and speak to a woman wearing a bright orange vest and holding a smartphone who is working as an enumerator for the Kenyan Census.

June 22, 2022

Russia
Renewing America’s Leadership in the Global Civil Nuclear Energy Market

The U.S. government should streamline U.S. nuclear export licensing procedures and improve financing options to revive American leadership in the global nuclear energy market.

Cooling towers and smoke stacks are seen at the coal powered Pocerady power station near Louny

July 10, 2012

Europe and Eurasia
More Evidence That LIBOR Is Manipulated, and What It Means

Barclays’ admission that it deliberately understated the interest rates at which it could borrow between September 2007 and May 2009 suggests grievous flaws in the widespread process of using LIBO…

More Evidence That LIBOR Is Manipulated, and What It Means

July 2, 2012

Europe and Eurasia
"Iceland's Post-Crisis Miracle" Revisited

Back in July 2010, we produced a post examining the “Icelandic Post-Crisis Miracle,” as proclaimed by Paul Krugman.  We showed that Krugman’s “miracle” was merely an artifact of comparing changes …

"Iceland's Post-Crisis Miracle" Revisited

August 17, 2011

Brazil
Are Stocks Cheap?

Weak economic data, a Washington debt standoff, a downgrade of U.S. federal debt, and rising European default fears helped send the S&P 500 stock index down 16% between July 22and August 6.  As the…

Are Stocks Cheap?

July 16, 2012

Europe and Eurasia
More Evidence That LIBOR Is Hazardous to Economic Health

Central bankers necessarily spend a great deal of time studying economic and market data that they believe to be forward-looking indicators of the economy’s health.  One such is the so-called “LIB…

More Evidence That LIBOR Is Hazardous to Economic Health

May 25, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

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