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June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

September 30, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Where Do the GOP Candidates Stand on China’s Rise?

  Above the Fold. China’s rise presents perhaps the most significant challenge to American foreign policy over the next decade. Here’s one concern: China’s growing force of long-range precision mi…

China jets

December 13, 2011

United States
Middle East Matters: The Ten Most Significant Developments of 2011

Thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on February 11, 2011 (Amr Abdalla…

Middle East Matters: The Ten Most Significant Developments of 2011

September 7, 2006

China
Tyler Cowen apparently did not read my China testimony! The RMB’s value does influence trade flows

The New York Times’ conservative columnists certainly know how to get my blood boiling.  David Brooks, among other things, apparently thinks the key to a hedge fund salary is good people skills – not…

April 28, 2008

Financial Markets
$120 oil and the rise of the Gulf

The Economist put the Gulf on its cover this week. It isn’t hard to see why. The Gulf was booming with oil at $ 60 a barrel. It is roaring with oil at close to $120 a barrel. Consider the follow…

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June 8, 2005

Economics
Greenspan’s conundrum and oil

The most profitable sector of the Chinese economy, according to data from UBS. Mining. It is not even close. I presume that includes mining for oil. Remember that. I will return to it in a bit.A…

January 23, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
How to Help Syria without Intervening Militarily

The Arab League met yesterday to assess its observer mission to Syria so far and to consider further steps. Syria’s reprehensible behavior and the Arab League’s inability to stop it will doubtlessly …

Secretary General Nabil al-Araby talks during a meeting of the Arab League states (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters).

April 12, 2012

Egypt
Egypt: The Omar Theories

It is fair to say that Omar Suleiman’s bid to be Egypt’s next president is one of the most unexpected developments in post-Mubarak Egypt.  The last time anyone had seen or heard from Suleiman, he app…

Omar-Suleiman

December 4, 2013

Israel
A Conversation About Israel

Israeli columnist Ari Shavit just came out with a new book, My Promised Land, that is receiving tremendous media attention in the United States. I joined Ari and David Remnick, editor of The New York…