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June 10, 2007

United States
Last week’s data flow supported the US adjustment optimists … not the pessimists

The trade deficit fell back under $60b in April -- see Jeremy Peters' coverage in the New York Times.  The fall in the overal deficit stemming more from a fall in non-oil imports rather than from…

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July 1, 2011

United States
Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

AVIATION ORDINANCE CHIEF SPRAYS 'JACK' FLAG ON BOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION IN THE GULF (John Schults/Courtesy Reuters) Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty As the nation celebra…

Don’t Tread on Me: July 4th and U.S. Sovereignty

September 9, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Remembering 9/11

New York City Fire Department Battalion Commander Tom Currao raises a flag outside the World Trade Center construction site at the 9/11 Memorial Visitors Center in New York on September 9, 2011. (Bri…

New York Fire Department Battalion Commander Tom Currao raises a flag outside the World Trade Center construction site at the 9/11 Memorial Visitors Center in New York September 9, 2011. The flag, which flew overseas during Operation Enduring Freedom, was accepted by museum curators into their collection. National and city leaders will commemorate on Sunday the ten-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a ceremony unveiling a memorial and museum. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

October 17, 2011

Monetary Policy
Can Monetary Policy Mitigate The Effects of Oil Shocks? A Follow-Up

I wrote a week ago about an old paper by Bernanke, Gertler, and Watson (BGW) that attributed much of the impact of past oil price shocks to the response of monetary policy. Jim Hamilton followed up t…

February 16, 2012

United States
Defense Spending, Special Operations, and Secrecy

After the release of the Pentagon’s core budget request of $525 billion for fiscal year 2013, pundits are picking the winners and losers. While the defense budget has increased by 45 percent from $36…

Admiral McRaven

February 17, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Al-Qaeda, Post-Qaddafi Libya, and the Interrupters

“The Nutrition Puzzle: Why Do So Many People in Poor Countries Eat So Badly—And What Can Be Done About It?” The Economist, February 18, 2012. Even where there is enough food, people do not seem…

Libya aftermath

February 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israel, Food Aid, and the Iranian Nuclear Program

International Atomic Energy Agency, Report on the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF), February 24, 2012. Ehud Eiran, “What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran,” Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2012. …

Homs tank

March 2, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Americans Out of Egypt

Above the Fold. The six Americans charged with violating Egypt’s civil-society laws finally got to come home last night. The National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute p…

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March 5, 2012

China
China’s March Madness—Not Jeremy Lin but Lei Feng

In late February, New York-based Global Times writer Rong Xiaoqing published a piece on Jeremy Lin and the “Hunger for Heroes in the U.S.” In her piece, Rong argues that the United States—and democra…

A portrait of Chinese national folk-hero, Lei Feng looks out over a busy intersection in a central Beijing shopping district in June of 1998.

April 12, 2012

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy and Inflated Threats

On February 15, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee: “I can’t impress upon you that in my personal military judgment, formed over th…

Martin Dempsey