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November 21, 2006

Europe
The booms in Spanish and Irish real estate make the US real estate boom look timid

I have outsourced Thanksgiving blogging to Charles Gottlieb of the Center for European policy studies in Brussels.   (Charles.gottlieb at ceps.be)His topic: The Spanish and Irish housing booms (or bu…

spain_ireland_1

October 12, 2008

Financial Markets
On the precipice

Words no Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund ever wants to utter: “Intensifying solvency concerns about a number of the largest US-based and European financial institutions have pu…

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

July 7, 2011

United States
A Primer on Air Power

A F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes The military intervention…

A Primer on Air Power

April 14, 2011

United States
So Much for Soft Power

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) looks at a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama's 2012 budget with ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (R) (D-MD). (Jason Reed/Courtesy Re…

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) looks at a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget with ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (R) (D-MD). (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

July 27, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Birthday Wishes to the U.S. Department of State!

View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) If you happen to be passing by 2201 C Street, NW, in Washington, DC, today or stopping in at any of the more than…

View of the Department of State in Washington, DC.

August 5, 2011

Weekly(ISH) Reading

I promised I’d post weeklyish reading lists on this blog. That was a month ago – hence the capital letters in this post’s title. In any case, here are some suggestions: If you didn’t read “Yemen …

December 5, 2011

How to Attend a Talk: Etiquette for Students, Wonks, and Speakers

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to students during his public lecture at the Diplomatic Academy in Kiev on April 4, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin). Over the past fifteen ye…

 Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to students during his public lecture at the Diplomatic Academy in Kiev on April 4, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin).

December 13, 2011

Conflict Prevention
Movie Review: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Angelina Jolie talks to actors during the filming of her yet directorial debut in Budapest on August 11, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Laszlo Balogh). In August, I wrote a review of the powerful and moving…

Angelina Jolie talks to actors during the filming of her yet directorial debut in Budapest on August 11, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Laszlo Balogh).