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September 4, 2018

India
Background Brief: Meet the U.S.-India “2+2”

The upcoming U.S.-India "2+2" dialogue marks a new configuration for an existing dialogue begun in the Barack Obama administration. Here's how the consultation has evolved.

India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (L) speaks as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis looks on during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India September 26, 2017.

October 28, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from October 21 to October 29, was compil…

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October 11, 2016

Asia
International Day of the Girl Child

Today, October 11, 2016, is the International Day of the Girl Child. The focus of this year’s internationally recognized day is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.” The theme r…

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July 30, 2009

China
The Yuan

China has long pegged its currency to the Dollar.  After the USD started to depreciate against many currencies in 2002, expectations emerged that China would move away from a tight dollar peg.  Fol…

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May 22, 2009

Monetary Policy
Fed’s Exit Strategy

Some assets on the Fed's balance sheet are short-term credits than could be withdrawn easily if confidence in financial institutions returns, but the Fed has also been buying longer term assets tha…

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April 29, 2009

Monetary Policy
The Government Bank

The Fed recently reaffirmed its determination to expand its balance sheet. The crisis has already driven it to take on risky assets such as agency bonds and commercial paper. It has also lent to we…

The Government Bank

October 19, 2009

China
China’s Dollar Addiction

China has accumulated a massive stock of U.S. dollar reserves in recent years. Statements of concern from China regarding the risk that U.S. economic policy might undermine the future purchasing po…

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October 30, 2008

Monetary Policy
Fed Balance Sheet

Complementing the IMF’s $100 billion liquidity facility, the Federal Reserve has announced the establishment of swap lines with the central banks of Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and Singapore for u…

Fed Balance Sheet

September 30, 2008

United States
Bailout Failure

Markets had their worst day since the 1987 crash following the House vote to reject Paulson’s rescue plan. The Federal Reserve and the Treasury are expected to hold things together through greater …

Bailout Failure

April 14, 2009

Elections and Voting
India’s Electoral Politics

As the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, this Backgrounder looks at the laws, major players, and issues, including economic reform, caste, and religion, that have shaped India’s politics.