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June 8, 2008

Financial Markets
Ken Rogoff is also confused by the US policy towards dollar pegs

It is nice to be in good company. Ken Rogoff is as confused by US policy toward dollar pegs as I am. Rogoff: Does it make sense for the United States Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, to be tourin…

April 26, 2019

Japan
The Japanese Emperor’s Role in Foreign Policy

With Emperor Akihito’s historic abdication approaching, here’s a look at his accomplishments and what to expect from the next emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and Crown Princess Masako attend a party in Tokyo.

April 1, 2019

News Release
Japan Is Reassessing Its Military Power as U.S.-Japan Alliance Is Tested, Writes Sheila Smith in New Book

April 1, 2019—“Tokyo’s approach to military power”—restraining its own use of force and relying on the United States for security—“is being tested,” writes Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fe…

March 29, 2019

Mozambique
Cyclone Idai and the New Reality of Climate Change in Africa

As Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi continue struggling to cope with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, it’s worth noting while the storm was exceptional in its destructive power, the risk of flooding in…

Locals look on after Cyclone Idai in Buzi district outside Beira, Mozambique, March 22, 2019.

March 5, 2019

China
Taking Managed Trade Seriously—What Would a Deal that Tries to Close the Bilateral Deficit Need to Look Like?

If Trump wants to set targets for China’s imports, he should focus on its imports of manufactures—not on getting tweetable deliverables out of the soybeans and oil that China will import (from someon…

Taking Managed Trade Seriously—What Would a Deal that Tries to Close the Bilateral Deficit Need to Look Like?

February 5, 2019

Israel
Caught Between Giants: How Will Israel Navigate the U.S.-China Tech Cold War?

Given its close diplomatic and security ties with the United States and its growing economic ties with China, where does Israel stand amidst the U.S.-China trade war?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan hit a gong as they attend the fourth Israel-China Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation meeting at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem, October 24, 2018.

January 13, 2012

North Korea
Leadership Transition in North Korea

On December 17, 2011, Kim Jong-il's seventeen-year rule came to an end as he reportedly succumbed to a heart attack. Nearly fifty hours after the event, the North Korean propaganda apparatus sprang i…

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December 12, 2018

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2019

Millions of people around the world voted in 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin earned his fourth term in office, though the contest was far from free and fair. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Or…

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December 2, 2019

United States
Distinguished Voices Series With Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw discusses his distinguished career in journalism and his experience as a young reporter covering the Watergate story.  The Distinguished Voices Series focuses particular attention on th…

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November 14, 2019

Turkey
Amid Tensions, Trump-Erdogan Meeting Changes Little

Trump and Erdogan resolved few of the sharp U.S.-Turkish differences over defense and Middle East policy but the visit likely boosted Erdogan’s stature at home.