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May 22, 2006

Emerging Markets
The dollar is still a currency you run to …

At least if you have borrowed dollars to buy stocks in emerging economies that are tanking. The series of crisis that rocked emerging economies in the 1990s were a formative experience for me.   So M…

June 18, 2006

Emerging Markets
A hard landing in 2006 - just not in the US?

Nouriel and I postulated back in early 2005 that there was a meaningful risk that the next “emerging market” crisis might come from the US – and it might come sooner than most expected.   The basic q…

December 13, 2007

United States
Richard Iley on the US current account deficit

Richard IleyBrad Setser: Richard Iley of BNP Paribas – the author, with Mervyn Lewis, of a new book on the US current account deficit --- doesn’t see the world quite the way I do.   I put a l…


January 28, 2008

If the UK wants to increase financial transparency …

Gordon Brown argues that the ’transparency deficit" in the global financial system needs to be corrected. I have a couple of specific suggestions for UK policy makers looking to flesh out the Prime M…

October 25, 2008

Monetary Policy
One easy thing China could do to help stabilize global markets: buy Agencies!

There is constant talk – too much, in my view – about whether sovereign funds will come to the rescue of western financial institutions. Qatar did put a large sum of money into Credit Suisse rec…

April 29, 2009

Financial Markets
Why were arguments against taking on risk discounted heavily during the boom?

Barry Eichengreen writes exceptionally well: "THE GREAT Credit Crisis has cast into doubt much of what we thought we knew about economics. We thought that monetary policy had tamed the business cycl…

March 8, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Buddy Roemer, GOP Presidential Candidate

Former Louisiana governor Charles "Buddy" Roemer speaks at a news conference in Baton Rouge announcing his presidential exploratory committee on March 3, 2011. (Lee Celano/courtesy Reuters) At the s…

Former Louisiana governor Charles

February 28, 2011

Political Movements
Fathers and Sons

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gestures as he speaks during an interview on state television, in this still image taken from video on February 24, 2011 (Reuters/Courtesy Reuters…

Fathers and Sons

April 4, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Is The Obama Energy Plan Really That Bad?

Daniel Ahn wrote a post here last Friday voicing strong disappointment with President Obama’s big energy speech. Here’s the core of his argument: “President Obama’s speech on energy given Wednesday …

August 18, 2011

Conflict Prevention
Movie Review: The Interrupters

An aerial view of downtown Chicago is seen from Air Force One July 6, 2006 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). I want to highly recommend a new documentary film, “The Interrupters,” which provides a grip…

Movie Review: The Interrupters