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July 31, 2006

Financial Markets
Growth slowing, oil rising … not good

If Roubini  hasn’t done enough to convince you that the US is at risk of a slump … check out Calculated Risk.   A big fall in residential investment would put something of a dent in the US economy.An…

January 6, 2008

Economics
Looking back at the top macroeconomic and financial stories of 2007, and looking forward to 2008

Here is my list of the top five stories of 2007 - and some things that I’ll be watching in 2008. What did I miss?1. The "subprime" crisis. The credibility of Wall Street’s financial engineering …

April 25, 2007

Economics
Five observations: all loosely tied to yen and dollar weakness and the swelling coffers of the emerging world

One. Yes, Virginia, exchange rates do matter … Japan’s trade surplus is rising.  Its current account surplus should be rising even more, as its interest income should be increasing too.   The MoF is …

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June 3, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Afghanistan Debate Heats Up

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Next month President Obama will likely anno…

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province.

March 25, 2011

Burundi
What We’re Watching in Africa This Week

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March 21, 2011

Guest Post: Google Ideas and Council on Foreign Relations Team-up on Counter-radicalization

Crime scene investigators examine a Nissan Pathfinder that was packed with bomb materials in Times Square. (Brendan McDermid/courtesy Reuters) Home-grown terrorism has emerged as a major policy chal…

Crime scene investigators examine a Nissan Pathfinder that was packed with bomb materials in Times Square.

September 2, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Saluting General David Petraeus

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul on July 18, 2011. (Ahmad Masood/courtesy Reuters) Abov…

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul July 18, 2011. U.S. General John Allen took over the ISAF command from General Petraeus. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

January 13, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is Obama Reinventing Government?

Above the Fold. My BlackBerry buzzed this morning with email alerts informing me that President Obama intends to ask Congress for authority to merge several of the federal government’s trade- and com…

President Barack Obama speaks about government reform at the White House on January 13, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

December 23, 2011

China
Asia Behind the Headlines

An employee hoses a China Railway High-speed Harmony bullet train at the high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province on October 19, 2011. (Stringer Shanghai / Courtesy Reuters) Jared …

An employee hoses a China Railway High-speed Harmony bullet train at the high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province on October 19, 2011.

January 3, 2012

China
Asia Behind the Headlines

A floating restaurant is stranded in a branch of the Yangtze River in Chongqing Municipality on March 21, 2010. (Stringer Shanghai / Courtesy of Reuters) Jared Mondschein looks at the key stories be…

A floating restaurant is stranded in a branch of the Yangtze River in Chongqing Municipality on March 21, 2010.