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April 7, 2006

Financial Markets
Reality-based analysis of the oil exporters’ contribution to an unbalanced world

I am not a big fan of arguments not well grounded in data.Like the now immensely outdated argument that China's bilateral surplus with the US is offset by bilateral deficits elsewhere.   Right no…

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April 15, 2006

China
Have China’s manufacturing powers been exaggerated?

In a word, no.Many in the economics blogosphere have mentioned Guy de Jonquieres recent FT column, Which argues that the US - not China - is the world's manufacturing powerhouse.  And usually in …

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

April 11, 2011

Thailand
Thailand: Another Coup?

Thai soldiers salute as a coffin of their comrade killed in a recent car bombing is flown home from the troubled Yala province in southern Thailand March 2, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters) In …

Thai soldiers salute as a coffin of their comrade killed in a recent car bombing is flown home from the troubled Yala province in southern Thailand March 2, 2011.

May 18, 2011

United States
President Obama’s Risky Middle East Speech

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Grand Hall of Cairo University in 2009 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) My take on why President Obama is giving a speech on the Middle East on T…

President Obama’s Risky Middle East Speech

May 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Quick Takes: Obama Favors Congressional Action on Libya

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on May 20, 2011. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Last week’s Friday File noted that Congress has not acted either…

President Obama meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on May 20, 2011.

May 19, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Obama Diplomacy in High Gear

President Barack Obama delivers a speech about U.S. policy in the Middle East today at the State Department. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I talked …

President Barack Obama delivers a speech about U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa today at the State Department on May 19, 2011.

June 2, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: NATO and Russia Debate Missile Defense

President Barack Obama meets Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the G-8 Summit in France on May 26, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I dis…

The World Next Week: NATO and Russia Debate Missile Defense

June 13, 2011

United States
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s Death: An Overdue Counterterror Victory in Somalia

Civilians look at the suspected body of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed (L), one of Africa's most wanted al Qaeda operatives, and an unidentified colleague killed at a police checkpoint in Somalia's …

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s Death: An Overdue Counterterror Victory in Somalia

August 1, 2011

Saudi Counter-Terror Law Addresses Al-Qaeda Threat

Saudi security forces stand guard outside a hotel hosting the Counter-Terrorism International Conference in Riyadh February 4, 2005. A four-day Counter-Terrorism International Conference will be held…

Saudi security forces stand guard outside a hotel in Riyadh.