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October 19, 2006

China
The Economist v. Nick Lardy

China’s goods and services trade surplus is set to increase from $50b in 2004 to $185b in 2006.  China’s current account surplus is set to rise from around 3-4% of China’s 2004 GDP to around 9% of it…

March 12, 2007

China
What rebalancing?

It has been pretty clear for some time that the oil states’ current account surplus was set to fall significantly in 2007 – oil has stabilized (at a high level, to be sure) and oil state spending and…

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November 24, 2010

Politics and Government
Why Senate Republicans Won’t Blink First

I speculated yesterday on why the White House opted for a showdown on the New START Treaty when it lacks the 67 votes needed for victory.  Here are ten reasons why the Republicans won’t blink first…

Why Senate Republicans Won’t Blink First

January 4, 2011

Politics and Government
Guest Post: Treaties and Filibusters

Senator Kerry walks to the Senate floor during debate over ratification of the New START treaty. Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters. My colleague, Kay King, wrote a Council Special Report last fall on …

Senator Kerry walks to the Senate floor during debate over ratification of the New START treaty.

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

December 22, 2010

Politics and Government
Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

I asked my colleague, Chris Tuttle, a Capitol Hill veteran, for his quick reaction to the Senate’s approval of the New START Treaty. Here are his thoughts: In the past week, thanks to the sluggish…

Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

February 17, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Obama’s Budget Strategy

News photographers shoot stacked copies of President Barack Obama's proposed 2012 federal budget on Capitol Hill, February 14, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) President Obama unveile…

Obama’s Budget Strategy

December 7, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
On the Brink

I attended a two day colloquium on Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria at Brown University that among other things celebrated Chinua Achebe’s 80th birthday. This was the second…

On the Brink

March 7, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Herman Cain, GOP Presidential Candidate

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) What if when Americans go to the polls on Novem…

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 11, 2011.  (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

March 6, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Is Sarah Palin Running for President?

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Sarah Palin sat down with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on Friday night…

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington