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October 9, 2006

United States
Stephen Jen, Eternal optimist

Apparently, the US fiscal deficit is set to disappear and the US current account deficit has peaked.  At least it has in Stephen Jen-land.  In his latest email Jen writes: “US’s corporate revenues ar…

July 2, 2008

Financial Markets
Read the annual report of the Bank of International Settlements

International institutions usually put out reports filled with turgid and overly-qualified prose. But not the BIS. At least not this year. The introduction and conclusion of its 78th annual rep…

August 25, 2010

North Korea
The Cheonan Incident and its Impact on Regional Security

I spent last week at several meetings in Tokyo, Seoul, and Jeju that revolved around the Cheonan incident and its implications for regional security. Some Asia Unbound readers may have the impressi…

The Cheonan Incident and its Impact on Regional Security

November 29, 2010

United States
Egypt’s Elections Mess: Why We Don’t Care

Yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Egypt were pretty bad.  The litany of opposition complaints was long.  As I write, there are 8 confirmed deaths and numerous injured in clashes between the se…

egypt elections democracy

December 9, 2010

United States
Proximity Talks?

My colleague, Rob Danin, had an excellent CFR “First Take” yesterday on the administration’s change in direction on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  It will be interesting to hear what Secretary…

Proximity Talks?

November 29, 2010

China
China’s Call for Six Party Talks: Cynical or Naïve?

China’s response to North Korea’s artillery shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island last week has been relatively rapid compared to the slowness of its response to the sinking last March (it to…

China’s Call for Six Party Talks: Cynical or Naïve?

March 7, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Herman Cain, GOP Presidential Candidate

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) What if when Americans go to the polls on Novem…

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 11, 2011.  (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Obama Versus the Framers

I noted in a post earlier today that President Obama can make a credible legal case—if he were ever forced to make one—that he had all the authority he needed to order Operation Odyssey Dawn. But his…

Independence Hall

March 30, 2011

Wars and Conflict
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part II

  Last week I wrote a post arguing that President Obama’s decision to launch Operation Odyssey Dawn conflicted with the Framers’ conception of the exercise of the war power. The men who wrote the …

Bomb