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December 25, 2015

Holiday Reading

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Apologies for the light blogging lately. I have been focused on a big project that has been occupying all of my brain power and time. Over th…

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June 6, 2014

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Investing in Egypt, Haunting 1967 Photos, and August in Turkey

Hdeel Abdelhady says that Egypt’s new investment law is not a solution to its economic woes, but rather is a symptom of the country’s inability to conceive and implement coherent economic policies. …

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November 2, 2012

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Salafists, Jordan’s President, and Turkey’s Republic Day

Ashraf El-Sherif provides insight into the two camps within Egyptian Salafism, both competing for legitimacy in Egypt’s new political landscape. The Jordanian blog The Black Iris offers thoughts on …

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July 12, 2013

Russia
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of July 12, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Cybersecurity the main focus of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, …

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (L) delivers remarks with China's Vice Premier Wang Yang at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Treasury Department in Washington on July 10, 2013.

December 5, 2011

How to Attend a Talk: Etiquette for Students, Wonks, and Speakers

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to students during his public lecture at the Diplomatic Academy in Kiev on April 4, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin). Over the past fifteen ye…

 Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to students during his public lecture at the Diplomatic Academy in Kiev on April 4, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin).

August 20, 2007

Financial Markets
If the US dollar is now a refuge, what is the yen?

The dollar rallied a bit last week, but nothing like the yen.The Wall Street Journal’s Mark Whitehouse conflates – at least in my view -- deleveraging with safe haven flows.   Deleveraging means that…

May 27, 2006

Emerging Markets
Have emerging markets changed more than the markets?

Is the lesson of the most recent bout of turmoil in the emerging world “emerging market economies have changed, but the markets have not”?How have emerging economies changed since 1997, the last time…