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November 3, 2005

Financial Markets
Gerd Hausler is a brave man.

Hausler heads the IMF's capital market division - so he is paid to worry.  And he is not all that worried: "I don't see a systemic crisis" That is a bold thing to say - even if he is right t…

January 30, 2006

Emerging Markets
It is hard to bet on curve flattening when the curve is already flat

Or spread compression when spreads have already compressed. As David Altig kindly noted, I was quoted in Clint Riley's Wall Street Journal story about the impact of a flat yield curve on bank ear…

June 18, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Is Drilling a Relief Well in Advance the Answer to Deepwater Blowout Risk?

There is a lot of buzz over Senator Frank Lautenberg’s suggestion that oil companies be required to drill a relief well at the same time as they drill any deepwater production well. That would allow …

April 29, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: What Do the Panetta and Petraeus Nominations Say About Obama?

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Washington’s worst kept secret is now out. President Obama has …

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters)

December 9, 2010

Climate Change
A View from Kenya on Cancun

I asked Josh Busby, an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, to write a guest post for this blog. Josh is conducting research on climate change…

A View from Kenya on Cancun

October 14, 2011

Defense and Security
Guest Post: Did Obama Make the Right Call on Kony?

The leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony (center), surrounded by his officers, addresses his first news conference in twenty years of rebellion on August 1, 2006. (Adam Ple…

The leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels Joseph Kony (seated C), surrounded by his officers, addresses his first news conference in 20 years of rebellion in Nabanga, Sudan, August 1, 2006 where he called on a ceasefire with the government as a prelude to peace talks. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE REUTERS/Adam Pletts (SUDAN)

July 25, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Unrest in Senegal

Opposition supporters attend a rally in Senegal's capital Dakar, July 23, 2011. (Finbar O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters) Kate Collins, a special assistant here at CFR, has written about the recent…

Opposition supporters attend a rally in Senegal’s capital Dakar, July 23, 2011. (Finbar O’Reilly/Courtesy Reuters)

August 15, 2013

The World Next Week: Egyptian Military Crushes Protests, Japan and Russia Discuss Kuril Islands Dispute, and Al-Jazeera America Debuts

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Egypt’s continuing turmoil, the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia, and the debut of al-Jazeera America. [audio: http://www.c…

Military police stand outside the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Courtesy Reuters).

September 13, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Education System the "Worst in Africa?"

Apartheid-era Foreign Minister Pik Botha, known for his bluster, recently set the cat among the pigeons by saying that South Africa’s education system is “the worst in Africa.” He went on to say that…

A child runs past a mural at a township school as the school prepares to wish former President Nelson Mandela happy birthday in Atteridgeville near Pretoria, July 18, 2013.

November 22, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Afghanistan, Threat Deflation, and Signature Strikes

“The Uses of Force,” Economist, November 23, 2013. “It’s too easy to use force,” says Admiral Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s almost the first choice.” “Securit…

Pakistan Drone Strike