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April 9, 2009

United States
The US is exporting its recession (by not importing)

The trade deficit continued to shrink in February, even though oil prices stopped falling. Chalk that up to a huge slide in non-oil imports. Non-oil goods imports were down 25% y/y. Automobile…

The US is exporting its recession (by not importing)

January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul

December 30, 2010

China
The Top 10 Asia Events of 2010

A man looks a screen outside a United Overseas Bank branch in Singapore's financial district on October 31, 2008. (Vivek Prakash/Courtesy Reuters) The Great Foreign Policy Reveal Chalk up 2010 …

 man looks a screen outside a United Overseas Bank branch in Singapore’s financial district on October 31, 2008.

April 7, 2011

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: The Budget Battle Showdown

John Boehner (R-OH) and Harry Reid (D-NV) walk together after speaking with President Obama about the continuing budget negotiations on April 7, 2011. (Joshua Roberts/courtesy Reuters) The World Nex…

John Boehner (R-OH) and Harry Reid (D-NV) walk together after speaking with President Obama about the continuing budget negotiations on April 7, 2011.

June 3, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Afghanistan Debate Heats Up

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Next month President Obama will likely anno…

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province.

March 24, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Tim Pawlenty (Update)

Tim Pawlenty speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 19, 2010. (Joshua Roberts/courtesy Reuters) On Monday TWE welcomed Tim Pawlenty into the 2012 GOP presid…

Tim Pawlenty speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 19, 2010.

May 5, 2011

The World Next Week: The Arab League, the Debt Ceiling, and Chatting with China

The National Debt Clock, which hangs from a building near Times Square in New York. (Joshua Lott/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I talked about the scheduled mee…

The National Debt Clock, which hangs from a building near Times Square in New York.

December 3, 2010

Nigeria
Cheney, the Niger Delta and Cote d’Ivoire

A couple of things: If you are curious, yes, I am watching  the ongoing Halliburton case in Nigeria that reportedly involves former vice president Dick Cheney. However, before I weigh in on how…

Cheney, the Niger Delta and Cote d’Ivoire

September 2, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Saluting General David Petraeus

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul on July 18, 2011. (Ahmad Masood/courtesy Reuters) Abov…

Outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General David Petraeus salutes during the change of command ceremony in Kabul July 18, 2011. U.S. General John Allen took over the ISAF command from General Petraeus. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

October 21, 2011

Regional Organizations
Guest Post: AU Failure in Libya? Maybe Not

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (L) talk during the African Union (AU) Summit in Uganda's capital Kampala July 27, 2010. (Benedicte Desrus/Courtesy Reuter…

Guest Post: AU Failure in Libya? Maybe Not