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April 28, 2006

Why does China have a looser monetary policy than the United States?

We know why the global economy grew strongly in the first quarter.   Nothing changed.  Or rather, the basic pattern that has driven global growth for the past few years intensified.The US continued t…

May 2, 2006

Financial Markets
And the money keeps rolling in …

To Russia. In 1998, Russia was very short on cash.  It went to the IMF and got a $15 billion credit line.  When it didn’t hold up its end of the bargain – taking steps to collect a bit of revenue – t…

August 30, 2010

Myanmar
Burma’s Looming Disaster

This past week, the Burmese generals captured global media attention by apparently stepping down from their posts in anticipation of the upcoming national elections, the country’s first in two deca…

Military personnel from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), an ethnic militia battling Myanmar’s military junta, take part in a traditional New Year’s parade on the Myanmar-Thai border

December 17, 2010

China
Inflation is Political Too ...

People look at vegetable prices at a local food market in Shanghai. (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters) Are there many things in Asia more political than inflation?  At a time when governments across t…

Inflation is Political Too ...

April 18, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Pennsylvania State University can claim many accomplis…

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011.

June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

July 27, 2011

Ten Whats With...Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett. Courtesy of Laurie Garrett. Laurie Garrett is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Ms. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been aw…

LaurieGarrett

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Drones, Drones

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 …

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 (Christopher Griffin/Courtesy Reuters).

October 18, 2011

Elections and Voting
GOP Presidential Candidates Debate in Vegas

Republican presidential hopefuls and debate moderators gather for a debate in Hanover, New Hampshire on October 11, 2011. (Adam Hunger/courtesy Reuters) The GOP presidential candidates gather at the…

Republican presidential hopefuls (L-R) former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Bloomberg reporter Julianna Goldman, businessman Herman Cain, Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, host Charlie Rose, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Pennslyvania Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA) gather prior to participatin in a debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire October 11, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

January 13, 2012

Asia
U.S. Restores Diplomatic Relations With Myanmar

News today that the administration would restore full diplomatic relations with Myanmar, placing an ambassador in the country, should be seen as another sign of the rapid reentry of Myanmar into the …

Ko Pyone Cho (C), one of the leaders of a 1988 student uprising, reunites with his family at Yangon International Airport in Yangon January 13, 2012.