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February 21, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The confused conservatives on the Washington Post oped page …

The Washington Post put out an oped on the partial privatization of Social Security over the weekend, which Kevin Drum appropriately jumped on.One item in the oped jumped out at me:The second risk i…

September 12, 2005

China
Show me the money (really, show me China’s reserves)

China's Alan Greenspan (Zhou Xiaochuan) has indicated China won't roil financial markets with "active composition adjustments of the foreign reserves."  fine.   But any central bank adding ab…

June 26, 2007

Monetary Policy
Do foreign holdings of US debt put the US economy at risk?

I am testifying later today (gulp) before the House budget committee -- and the time that normally goes into writing blog posts has gone into preparing my written testimony.  That means I haven't…

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December 15, 2009

India
Shoals Ahead for the United States and India?

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Reed Manmohan Singh has come and gone, but his visit to Washington last month leaves several questions unanswered about the future of U.S.-India relations. Comparison…

Shoals Ahead for the United States and India?

March 22, 2010

China
Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee Some of my old State Department colleagues tell me that the current downturn in U.S.-China relations is nothing new.  It’s just countercyclical, they say.  “Remem…

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

April 27, 2010

India
India Is at the Top Table. Now What?

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Reed On Sunday, China and India enlarged their seats at the top table of international relations.  As part of a general increase in capital, rich countries agreed to …

India Is at the Top Table.  Now What?

June 24, 2010

China
Chinese Politics -- Not an Oxymoron!

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee I have a Ph.D. in Chinese politics—which means I have an abiding faith in the idea that, yes, China actually does have politics. That’s always been true, even in…

Chinese Politics -- Not an Oxymoron!

November 5, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Cap-and-Trade Didn’t Kill the Dems

There’s been a lot of back and forth about whether cap-and-trade hurt the Democrats this past Tuesday. It’s mostly spin, with people focusing on whatever results they think bolster their case. But th…

November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

November 17, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Guest Post: Congressional Dysfunction and New START

My colleague Kay King has a new Council Special Report out on Congress and National Security. The report examines the sources and consequences of Congress’s surging partisanship, and it offers some…

Guest Post: Congressional Dysfunction and New START