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March 30, 2013

Asia
Is Democracy in Reverse?

In today’s Los Angeles Times, longtime foreign correspondent Carol Williams poses a wide-ranging series of questions about my new book Democracy in Retreat. You can see the whole interview here.

An anti-government protester sits in front of riot police near the Government house in Bangkok on November 24, 2012.

September 23, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
Reversing the Flow

This publication is now archived. IntroductionImages of desperation along the U.S. Gulf Coast reversed the usual pattern of relief donations as nations around the world opened their hearts and wallet…

May 7, 2009

Iraq
Reversal in Iraq

Overview Iraq is currently in the early stages of a negotiated end to an intense ethnosectarian war. As such, there are several contingencies in which recent, mostly positive trends in Iraq could …

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November 1, 2019

Chile
What’s Behind the Chile Protests?

Political unrest is sweeping Chile, as impatience with inequality grows in what has been one of Latin America’s most prosperous and stable countries.

November 1, 2019

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Governors' meeting

October 29, 2019

Taiwan
Looking for the Mysterious Hedging Counterparty of Taiwan's Lifers

This gathers the six post series I did with Concentrated Ambiguity into a single easy accessible post.

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October 29, 2019

Islamic State
After Baghdadi: What Hurts the Islamic State May Help Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda could benefit from the death of the Islamic State’s leader, potentially regaining its worldwide reach and influence.

October 29, 2019

Global
Same-Sex Marriage: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

A couple has their pre-wedding photos taken in Taipei, Taiwan.

June 22, 2010

Capital Flows
Beware the “Reverse Conundrum”

Foreign ownership of U.S. assets, particularly Treasury bonds, has increased significantly over the last two decades. Foreigners now own 57% of outstanding U.S. Treasurys, up from 37% in 1997. The …

Beware the “Reverse Conundrum”

October 22, 2019

Trade
The October Truce on U.S.-China Trade Failed to Address Subsidies

Concern that China's subsidies caused a flood of cheap imports was what started the U.S.-China trade war in the first place, but subsidies were not mentioned even once when President Trump announced …

U.S. China Currency