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March 17, 2009

China
China's Foreign Assets

China’s holdings of foreign assets have grown dramatically this decade. During the past few years their risk appetite grew as they purchased increasing amounts of foreign equities and corporate bon…

China's Foreign Assets

April 15, 2009

South Korea
The G20’s Challenge and Opportunity for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Steven Schrage is the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The financial crisis has become a tsunami that threatens to upend traditional assu…

President Obama and Lee at G20 Summit in London

April 4, 2010

Europe and Eurasia
Kyoto and Zombies

It’s apparently fashionable these days to bring zombie metaphors into international relations. So who am I to resist? Besides, when it comes to the Kyoto Protocol, it’s pretty apt, as some news out o…

April 15, 2010

China
China Is Not Helping Its Manufacturers

Chinese trade officials are reluctant to change China’s dollar-peg currency policy, citing concerns over the fate of exporters. Vice Commerce Minister Zhong Shan has argued that exporters will fail…

China Is Not Helping Its Manufacturers

July 14, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Why Letting Manufacturers Opt In to Cap-and-Trade Could Increase Emissions

Senators from manufacturing states have been among the most skeptical of cap-and-trade legislation. One would expect, then, that they’d be thrilled by the prospect of utility-only cap-and-trade, whic…

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

November 29, 2010

Nigeria
Nigeria: Northern Consensus Candidate?

Last week, the Northern Leadership Forum selected former vice president Atiku Abubakar as the North’s consensus candidate to run in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary against the so…

Nigeria:  Northern Consensus Candidate?

November 30, 2010

Nigeria
Money Laundering and U.S.-Nigeria Relations

This weekend, I will be at the Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown University.  I am participating on two panels, one that is looking at the consequences of money laundering in Nigeria. Nigerians o…

Money Laundering and U.S.-Nigeria Relations

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

December 8, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria’s Polarizing Politics

Last week as I mentioned here it looked like the Atiku Abubakar consensus candidacy would stick. Now I’m not so sure.  One of the most important northern power brokers and Abubakar rival, former mili…

Nigeria’s Polarizing Politics