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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

June 22, 2005

Capital Flows
The joys of being a creditor nation

China is on track to add between $250 and $300 billion to its reserves this year. That is a lot of money. Enough to have an impact on global bond markets. Enough to buy several oil companies. As…

January 9, 2007

United States
Nice work if you can get it — the joys of exorbitant privilege

I spent a bit of time trying to estimate how market moves in 2006 will impact the US net international investment position (the NIIP is the gap between all US external assets and all US external liab…

niip_decomposition

July 5, 2017

Egypt
Egypt’s Leader Faces a Crisis of His Own Making—One That Reveals His Nation’s Dangerous Weakness

Two obscure islands that many Egyptians didn't even know about suddenly threaten President Sisi's regime.

EgyptTiranSanafirKhaledAli

March 16, 2017

Nigeria
President Buhari Returns to Office

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria from medical leave in the United Kingdom on March 10. In his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo served as the acting president for the fifty…

Buhari Returns

February 3, 2017

Nigeria
Caught in the Crossfire: What Future for Women and Children in Nigeria’s Forgotten Crisis

This is a guest post by Sherrie Russell-Brown. Sherrie is an international lawyer, who writes about issues of gender, security, international justice and humanitarian law, with a regional focus on su…

Caught in the Crossfire

January 17, 2017

China
China’s Reserves Fell by Around $45 Billion in December (Using the PBOC Data)

The pace of decline in China’s foreign reserves matters. Not because China is about to run out. But rather because China will at some point decide that it doesn’t want to continue to prioritize…

china-fx-settlement-cny

October 8, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Reading The Jerusalem Post in Riyadh

It is easy to exaggerate the opening that is occurring between Israel and several Gulf states, but it’s easy to underestimate it too.  The most recent change: Saudi Arabia has stopped blocking access…

November 11, 2016

India
Trump’s Asia, Delhi’s Smog, Park’s New PM, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Asia braces for Trump. On Tuesday night, as results from the U.S. general election poured…

trump-protest-philippines

August 17, 2015

Cuba
Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?

Secretary of State Kerry traveled to Havana to raise the flag at the U.S. Embassy there last week. As has been noted here in this blog and in many news articles and columns, no dissidents or human ri…