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March 27, 2006

Economics
The Economist’s Lexington columnist needs to get out a bit more …

Rather amazingly, the only US public intellectuals that seem to have made it onto Lexington's radar screen come from the American right.     The Neocon right and its pet idea (invading Iraq), the…

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…

March 11, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is Obama “Dithering” on Libya?

Anti-Qaddafi protesters attend Friday prayers today in Benghazi. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Is President Obama dithering on Libya? The president’s critics certainly think so and…

Anti-Qaddafi protesters attend Friday prayers in Benghazi

June 14, 2011

Regional Organizations
The SCO at 10: Growing, but Not into a Giant

Toys depicting troops of different nations are seen on a plan for the "Peace Mission 2010" exercises at the Matybulak military range in southern Kazakhstan (Shamil Zhumatov/ Courtesy Reuters). The I…

The SCO at 10: Growing, but Not into a Giant

August 19, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Sanctions on Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama’s call yeste…

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)

November 29, 2010

China
China’s Mixed Message on North Korea

My colleague Evan Feigenbaum hopes that China is embarrassed by North Korea’s recent unprovoked shelling of a South Korean island near the two countries’ border. The attack left several South Korea…

China’s Vice Foreign Minister and top envoy on North Korean nuclear disarmament talks Wu Dawei speaks during a news conference in Beijing November 28, 2010. China said on Sunday it wants emergency consultations among six governments involved in talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear programme, adding that the consultations would not amount to a full restart of the stalled negotiations. REUTERS/Grace Liang

August 11, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Biden Abroad, Mubarak on Trial, Ames Straw Poll

Vice President Joe Biden waves before boarding a plane at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on March 11, 2010. (Ronen Zvulun/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McM…

Vice President Joe Biden waves before boarding a plane at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv March 11, 2010. (Ronen Zvulun/courtesy Reuters)

January 6, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Are We Near a Showdown with Iran?

Above the Fold. Pundits who predicted that Iran would top the list of foreign policy problems in 2012 have early evidence that they were right. President Obama signed legislation over the holiday bre…

An F/A-18F fighter jet launches off the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis during maneuvers in the Arabian Gulf. (Benjamin Crossley/courtesy Reuters)

March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

May 24, 2010

China
Is the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Worth the Effort?

Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters We have two new posts up on the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). The first, along with our colleagues Evan Feigenbaum and Steve Dunaway, covers a range …

China’s Vice Premier Wang Qishan gestures to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the opening ceremony of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing