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October 10, 2005

Economics
Kate-Moss-thin credit spreads

I never thought I would ever share space in an article with Kate Moss.   We do not exactly move in the same circles.  But William Pesek somehow found a connection - or a least a vivid metaphor. …

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 …

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

January 25, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rising Violence and Stalled Peace in Darfur

Women with children walk near a soldier of Darfur's joint U.N./African Union UNAMID peacekeeping force outside the UNAMID team site in Khor Abeche, 83 km (52 miles) northeast on Nyala (south Darf…

Rising Violence and Stalled Peace in Darfur

April 21, 2011

The World Next Week: Will and Kate’s Big Royal Wedding

Prince William and Kate Middleton wave during a visit to St. Andrews University on February 25, 2011. (Pool New/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Matt Pottinger, CFR’s Edward R. M…

Prince William and Kate Middleton wave during a visit to St. Andrews University on February 25, 2011.

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)

July 8, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Brinkmanship on the Debt Ceiling

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. They say that if …

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011.

July 14, 2011

Sudan
In the New Sudans, History Dies Hard

The flag of South Sudan (C) flies after the United Nations General Assembly voted on South Sudan's membership to the United Nations at UN headquarters in New York July 14, 2011. (Shannon Stapleto…

In the New Sudans, History Dies Hard