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December 10, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s New Prime Minister and the Future of Chinese Investment

How will a new prime minister affect Chinese investment in Malaysia? 

New Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves from a car, as he leaves after the inauguration ceremony, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 21, 2021.

August 21, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: John Kasich, GOP Presidential Candidate

Ohio holds the title of “Mother of Presidents.” Eight of them were born, raised, or lived in Ohio at the time of their election. But the last president to hail from Ohio was Warren G. Harding, who wa…

hio Governor John Kasich formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Columbus, Ohio July 21, 2015.

July 14, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Chris Christie, GOP Presidential Candidate

One hundred and three years have passed since the last time a sitting New Jersey governor was elected president. Current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hopes to break that streak. He announced tw…

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey

June 5, 2013

Defense and Security
Hello, Susan Rice: National Security Adviser

When one door closes another one opens. Susan Rice can certainly vouch for that pithy piece of advice. Early last fall the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations looked to be a shoe-in to succeed Hill…

U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice speaks in the Rose Garden after Obama's announcement that Rice will be his next national security adviser (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters).

December 1, 2015

Global
Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in 2016.

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July 12, 2008

Monetary Policy
Too Chinese (and Russian) to fail?

The epicenter of the US financial crisis now seems to have shifted to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- the government sponsored enterprises that dominate the market for US housing finance. Few inst…

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February 24, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Quran Burning and the End of the Afghan War

Above the Fold. The protests that have erupted across Afghanistan this week in the wake of the news that coalition forces burned several Qurans have laid bare the gulf that continues to exist, and ma…

Demonstrators protest a Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur on February 24, 2012. (Bazuki Muhammad/courtesy Reuters)

September 12, 2005

China
Show me the money (really, show me China’s reserves)

China's Alan Greenspan (Zhou Xiaochuan) has indicated China won't roil financial markets with "active composition adjustments of the foreign reserves."  fine.   But any central bank adding ab…

May 23, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: One Year After Obama’s Drone Speech

Harold Hongju Koh, “Ending the Forever War: One Year After President Obama’s NDU Speech,” JustSecurity.org, May 23, 2014. The President’s historic move in that speech was to call for the eventual re…

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June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention