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December 6, 2007

Emerging Markets
The new financial superpowers (part 1)

In James Clavell’s Noble House, there is a scene where a fictional Scottish trading house operating in colonial Hong Kong ends either a run on its bank or a run on its stock (or maybe both – I forget…

January 2, 2008

United States
America’s Achilles heel?

Before my September lecture on the relationship (if any) between external debt and external power, I read a lot of Niall Ferguson.  I even used the financial troubles of Egypt’s khedive - troubles Dr…

January 4, 2008

China
A myth?

If net exports had contributed as strongly to US GDP growth over the past three years as they have contributed to Chinese GDP growth, the US would not have a current account deficit - and the US woul…

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January 13, 2008

China
Are China’s foreign assets growing by $430b a year? $500b a year? Even more rapidly?

It is almost impossible to overstate the scale of China’s reserve growth. China just announced that its reserves increased by $461.9b in 2007. Its reserves "only" increased by $247.5b in 2006. …

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May 20, 2008

Immigration and Migration
U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality

After taking a 3 plus month maternity hiatus, I am back and will be posting regularly again. To kick things off, here is a link to a new Independent Task Force report from the Council on Foreign Re…

May 20, 2008

Immigration and Migration
Engage the region, Don’t ignore it

The Task Force report co-chairs, Charlene Barshefsky and General James T. Hill, published an editorial yesterday in the Miami Herald. It lays out the main themes of the report, in particular the call…

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October 20, 2008

Capital Flows
IMF Revival

The financial crisis has forced the IMF back onto the world stage. As the chart below indicates, many countries’ bank debt to GDP ratio has exploded in the past five years, suggesting they may need…

IMF Revival

January 13, 2009

Americas
Can A Blog Change U.S. Latin American Policy?

On Sunday night I appeared on the Digital Age with James Zirin and discussed blogs, public policy toward Latin America, and U.S.-Latin America relations. You can see it here.

October 1, 2009

South Korea
Uncommon Cold War: U.S.-ROK Cooperation to Battle the Flu

James L. Schoff is associate director of Asia-Pacific studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since the outbreak of the new influenza virus H1N1 (swi…

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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…