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March 29, 2005

United States
Too big to behave rashly

According to Andrew Samwick, the world’s central banks are too big to behave rashly. As he puts it: "We’re too big an economy, and our creditors’ portfolio holdings are simply too large for them to …

July 6, 2005

China
Worrying about debt to China

Jesse Eisinger has a nice Long and Short column exploring CNOOC’s bid for Unocal in the Wall Street Journal. I liked this quote from Lehman’s Ethan Harris:The Cnooc bid "strikes people that we really…

November 17, 2005

China
Can the Pentagon balance Chinese power …

with money the Treasury borrows from China?  Ok, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia ... The answer so far has been yes.   The Pentagon - or at least influential voices in the Pentagon - want to discoura…

July 24, 2007

Monetary Policy
Voldemort’s invisibility cloak

There is something about SAFE -- maybe the fact that its full name, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, seems to come straight from the Ministry of (Bureaucratic) Magic --  that seems to in…

November 18, 2010

Politics and Government
The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

Walking by Westminster this morning I was reminded of the grandeur of democracy.  Watching the battle back in Washington over the New START Treaty, I am reminded that democratic practice is often m…

The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

December 20, 2010

Politics and Government
Killer Amendments Die

The New START Treaty made it through the weekend intact. Opponents offered two so-called killer amendments, and both failed to get fifty-one votes. (A treaty needs sixty-seven votes to pass the Se…

Killer Amendments Die

December 22, 2010

Politics and Government
Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

I asked my colleague, Chris Tuttle, a Capitol Hill veteran, for his quick reaction to the Senate’s approval of the New START Treaty. Here are his thoughts: In the past week, thanks to the sluggish…

Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

January 25, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Watching the State of the Union Address

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. tonight to deliver the S…

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington.

December 31, 2010

United States
TWE Remembers: George C. Marshall

When I taught “American Foreign Policy” (30:061) at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) students would occasionally ask me which American policymaker I most admired.  I never knew whether the quest…

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April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate