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March 4, 2008

Emerging Markets
The great emerging market inflation of 2007 and 2008

In a recent FT oped on China, Ken Rogoff had a great one-liner:"Those who think inflation is caused by too little pork rather than too much money are wrong."Replace pork - culturally inappropriate fo…

March 4, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: What If Qaddafi Is Right?

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of President of Yemen Saleh and then-Egyptian President Mubarak during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. In the mid…

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of then Egyptian President Mubarak and President of Yemen Saleh during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte

February 27, 2012

Chinese Politics—Intrigue and Ideas

Chinese politics is fun again. The Palace—or Zhongnanhai in this case—hasn’t been rife with this much intrigue since Mao Zedong’s time. The apparent attempted defection and subsequent flight to Beiji…

A paramilitary policeman stands guard at the Xinhua Gate of the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Central Beijing on December 27, 2010.

March 5, 2012

China’s March Madness—Not Jeremy Lin but Lei Feng

In late February, New York-based Global Times writer Rong Xiaoqing published a piece on Jeremy Lin and the “Hunger for Heroes in the U.S.” In her piece, Rong argues that the United States—and democra…

A portrait of Chinese national folk-hero, Lei Feng looks out over a busy intersection in a central Beijing shopping district in June of 1998.

November 1, 2012

Climate Change
How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

As the public debate over Hurricane Sandy turns in part from the immediate impacts of the storm to its possible links to climate change, a new theme is emerging: Sandy is not just part of a new norma…

How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

August 2, 2013

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of August 2, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Cambodian opposition makes historic gains in election. Cambodia held elections last Sunday, with the opposition Camb…

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) speaks to the media as he inspects a bridge construction site in Phnom Penh on July 31, 2013.

December 5, 2014

You Might Have Missed: Drones, Blowback, and Intelligence Briefings

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room, U.S. Department of Defense, December 2, 2014. Q: Will the 9,800 remaining troops have a combat role or not? RE…

March 13, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: March 13, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: CIA Director John Brennan provided additional insight on the cyber implications of the CIA’s …

CFR Cyber John Brennan Net Politics

May 1, 2015

Cyber Week in Review: May 1, 2015

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:  The FBI got a chilly reception at a Congressional hearing this week on the issue of encrypti…

CFR Net Politics Cyber

July 21, 2015

The Rising Anti-Intellectualism in China: Part II

In my last blog post, I examined the rise of anti-intellectualism in China from a historical perspective. As if to corroborate my argument, last week police in China’s Jiangxi province detained Wang …

Anti-Intellectualism II