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November 18, 2007

Financial Markets
The Gulf seems determined to let everyone take a punt on a December revaluation

Note: This is Brad Setser, Not Michael Pettis The heads GCC countries will meet in early December.  They are expected to announce that the launch date of their currency union will be delayed – and pr…

May 12, 2008

Capital Flows
Sovereign Economic Development Funds ….

Sovereign funds argue that they are only interested in financial returns. And to be sure, they do care about financial returns. Losing money generally isn’t good for a sovereign fund’s long-term h…

December 17, 2009

Party Like It’s 1999

Looking at Malaysia these days from 20,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1999, and not 2009. The prime minister, a longtime power player in the ruling coalition, fights for his life a…

February 8, 2010

Anwar and Malaysia’s Unfortunate Downturn

When has any potential success story fallen as far and as fast in recent years as Malaysia? Sure, Iceland’s economy has collapsed, after its banks made such risky loans they made American financial i…

October 20, 2010

Politics and Government
October in Egypt

Cairo - I had some down time today, and this being October, I braved the traffic and went out to Nasr City to visit the 1973 War Panorama, which commemorates al Ubuur or “the Crossing” of the Suez …

Egypt Eissa Press Freedom

December 29, 2010

The Most Important Stories on the Middle East of 2010

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Check out the picture of “Father Time” above. As we bid goodbye to 2010 and say hello to 2011, it is time for that great American pastime of lists:…

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January 7, 2011

The Curse of Nepotism

Members of an Indonesian military honour guard participating in a state dinner are pictured in Jakarta. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Over the past two weeks, several interesting articles have emerg…

Members of an Indonesian military honour guard participating in a state dinner are pictured in Jakarta

December 8, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Polarizing Politics

Last week as I mentioned here it looked like the Atiku Abubakar consensus candidacy would stick. Now I’m not so sure.  One of the most important northern power brokers and Abubakar rival, former mili…

Nigeria’s Polarizing Politics

June 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of President Barack Obama’s appearance before the nation to announce that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” Accordin…

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

December 21, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
PDP Fragmenting

Some Northern Nigerian Muslim politicians with membership in the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) and close to former vice president Atiku Abubakar are suing to require ’zoning,’ the ruling …

PDP Fragmenting