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June 8, 2005

Economics
Should the world finance the World Bank rather than the United States

Note: Title credit goes to Jeff Frankel, who moderated a panel I participated on.Paul Wolfowitz just took over at the World Bank. He already seems to have indicated that is not going to follow Desmo…

November 30, 2007

Financial Markets
Is the dollar’s decline over?

The Economist put the dollar on its cover this week.   The Economist’s cover is usually a lagging, not a leading, indicator:  it signals that the dollar already has fallen significantly, and sometime…

May 19, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
What the PA-12 Special Election Says About Cap and Trade

The special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D) was, as Politico notes, the only House race last night that really matterered to both parties. Democrat Mark Critz decisively beat Republ…

December 9, 2010

Politics and Government
TWE Quick Takes

Cold weather and high winds yesterday along the New York-Washington corridor played havoc with my travel schedule.  One benefit of the travel delay was that I caught up on some reading.  Three piec…

TWE Quick Takes

July 29, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Debt Debate Won’t End on Tuesday

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day after weak economic data and another setback on a debt deal. (Mike…

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day on Friday after weak data on the economy and a setback on a debt deal discouraged investors. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)

July 26, 2011

International Organizations
Catastrophe in the Horn: Causes and Responses

Newly arrived Somali refugees sit in the open as they await medical examinations for their children at the Dadaab refugee camp, near the Kenya-Somalia border (STR New/ Courtesy Reuters). The area st…

Catastrophe in the Horn: Causes and Responses

August 12, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Comment on Ivory Coast, Disarmament, and the Dozos

A woman and child mount a motorcycle driven by a dozo who is among those monitoring the road between Man and Duékoué in western Côte d’Ivoire, July 2011. (Nancy Palus/Courtesy IRIN). I am republis…

Comment on Ivory Coast, Disarmament, and the Dozos

January 11, 2012

Ten Whats With...Dr. Susan Bissell

Dr. Susan Bissell is Associate Director and Programmes Chief Child Protection, UNICEF, based in New York.  Susan joined UNICEF in 1987 where her work has taken her to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Ha…

Susan Bissell

February 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Israel, Food Aid, and the Iranian Nuclear Program

International Atomic Energy Agency, Report on the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF), February 24, 2012. Ehud Eiran, “What Happens After Israel Attacks Iran,” Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2012. …

Homs tank

August 4, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ivory Coast, Disarmament, and the Dozos

Dozos stationed along the road from Man to Duékoué in western Ivory Coast, July 2011. (Nancy Palus/Courtesy IRIN) As Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara embarks on a long and difficult process o…

Ivory Coast, Disarmament, and the Dozos