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October 6, 2005

The Port of New Orleans, once again

It seems that George Friedman of Stratfor is right: it is hard to operate a port without a city.  The Port of New Orleans is open, but hardly operating at full capacity.   From the New York Times: Mo…

October 6, 2005

How many divisions does the IMF have?

So asks Andy Mukherjee of Bloomberg.  He wonders if IMF efforts to get China to allow its exchange rate to appreciate significantly would have exactly as much impact over Chinese policy as IMF effo…

January 17, 2006

United States
Where is the trade deficit heading? How I differ from Justin Lahart (and a few others)

Justin Lahart (of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape column) correctly called the fall in the monthly trade deficit last Thursday. But he - channeling Jim Griffin of ING investment manag…

February 18, 2009

Financial Markets
Mortgage credit and the housing boom

Note: This is a guest post by Paul Swartz. I appreciate Brad giving me the opportunity to fill in while he is on vacation. Last Tuesday Timothy Geithner argued that a working economy requires a fun…

Mortgage credit and the housing boom

December 14, 2009

Infectious Diseases
North Korea’s H1N1 Watch: Isolation Vs. Contagion

For a country that appears to be so isolated from the outside world, North Korea seems to have been on edge for months regarding the possible impact of swine flu (H1N1) on its population. These rumor…

July 7, 2010

Too Quick to Count Obama Out In Asia

Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters "How Obama Lost His Asian Friends" is the clever title of my colleague Josh Kurlantzick’s cover story in this week’s Newsweek. The catchy title and the thrust of the artic…

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) poses with ASEAN Leaders before their ASEAN-US meeting in Singapore November 15, 2009. Pictured (L-R) are: Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet. REUTERS/Jim Young

August 20, 2010

China Assaults the High-Tech Frontier

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV I did a fun panel earlier this week on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo.  She asked a pretty straightforward question:  Is China challenging …

China Assaults the High-Tech Frontier

December 16, 2010

China, the U.S., and "Global Dominance"

Chinese policemen salute during a ceremony in Shanxi province. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters) Yesterday I received a call from a reporter asking me to talk about China, the U.S., and rare earths. I off…

Chinese policemen salute during a ceremony in Shanxi province.

February 24, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Libya on the Brink

A protester holds a banner while protesters chant anti-government slogans in Benghazi city. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) The podcast for The World Next Week is up. Bob McMahon and I talked about …

An anti-government protester holds a banner while protesters chant anti-government slogans in Benghazi city

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention