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November 6, 2004

Will Japan be able to stay on the sidelines for long?

Some facts: 1) In 2003, Japan increased its reserves by $200 billion, emerging Asia by $245 billion. The world as whole increased its reserves by $500 billion, so Asia accounted for most of the worl…

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…

January 13, 2010

China
Reading Asia’s Rise

In recent months, as Asia has weathered the financial crisis better than the West, and the Obama administration has taken a deferential approach toward China, numerous new books have declared that, f…

December 6, 2011

Egypt
The Rogue Sons

French president Jacques Chirac and Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and head of the Gaddafi Foundation, are seen before the start of their meeting at the Elysee Palace…

The Rogue Sons

May 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Hello, François Hollande: President of France

Streaks are made to be broken. After seventeen years on the outside looking in, a Socialist Party candidate has finally returned to the French presidency. François Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy b…

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July 12, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Defections and Diplomacy, Egypt’s Power Struggles

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. UN Security Council members today began discussing a draft resolution on Syria in New York. Russia and the Western nations on the 15-member council have d…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad meets UN Syria peace envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus on July 9, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

June 23, 2014

Oceans and Seas
‘Our Ocean’ Summit: Stemming the Tide of Ocean Degradation

Below is a guest post by Alexandra Kerr, program coordinator in the International Institutions and Global Governance Program. There is no marvel that rivals the ocean or the life teaming within its …

Our Ocean Summit

May 23, 2014

Russia
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of May 23, 2014

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, Charles McClean, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. Tumultuous times for Thailand. On Thursday, Thailand’s army …

Anti-government protesters get ready to leave their main encampment after a military coup was declared in Bangkok on May 22, 2014 (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters).

February 19, 2016

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Mexico’s Anticorruption Pressure, Ukraine’s Stalled Reforms, and U.S. Acts on Forced Labor

Pressure for Mexican Action on Corruption During a five-day visit to Mexico, Pope Francis repeatedly denounced corruption, decrying the “path of privileges or benefits for a few to the detriment of …

Pope Francis (C), Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) and his wife, Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera stand together during a farewell ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 17, 2016 (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez).