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March 5, 2008

China
What can not go on forever seems to be going on forever: China’s amazing January reserve growth

Let’s just say that Wang Qishan has his work cut out for him.Reuters reports that China’s reserves increased by $61.6b in January alone. That is a stunning sum. $60b is roughly the size of the US m…

March 18, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama “Dithers” No More

  Libyan protesters in Tobruk celebrate after the UN Security Council passes a resolution authorizing a "no-fly" zone and military attacks on Muammar Qaddafi's forces. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Re…

Libyan Protesters celebrate after a U.N. resolution authorising a

March 3, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Should the United States Intervene in Libya?

President Barack Obama speaks about Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens in the White House in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) The podcast for The World Next Week is up…

President Barack Obama speaks about Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens in the White House in Washington

July 12, 2011

International Organizations
UNSC Reform: Making Room for Brazil

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during their meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia (Ueslei Marcelino/ Courtesy Reuters). The Internationalist has s…

UNSC Reform: Making Room for Brazil

April 27, 2011

China
Japan Reawakens?

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (L), Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C), China's Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) and India'…

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan (L), Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard (2nd L), Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (C), China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh join hands during a photo opportunity as part of the 5th East Asia Summit in Hanoi October 30, 2010.

August 25, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Libya Edition

A man holds a weapon and a Kingdom of Libya flag as people gather near the courthouse in Benghazi on August 22, 2011 (Esam Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters). --Joby Warrick and Scott Wilson, “U.S. Presses…

You Might Have Missed: Libya Edition

October 6, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Does Expensive Oil Inevitably Cause Recession?

There is a popular belief that once U.S. petroleum expenditures exceed some threshold, recession results. Writing at the Harvard Business Review blog, Chris Nelder and Gregor MacDonald present this p…

April 13, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: How Will Obama Respond to the North Korea Missile Test?

Above the Fold. Despite warnings from President Obama that there would be “consequences,” North Korea went ahead and launched a ballistic missile to honor the 100th birthday of the country’s founder,…

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March 23, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Arab League Meets and Obama Visits Korea

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Arab League summit in Baghdad; President Obama’s visit to the Denuclearized Military Zone (DMZ) on the Korean Peninsula as part of h…

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July 20, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Invading Syria, Arming Yemen, and Military Dogs

Government Accountability Office, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Use in the National Airspace and the Role of the Department of Homeland Security,” July 19, 2012. GAO’s ongoing work has identified seve…

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