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December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

Elections 2018

May 25, 2017

Global Governance
Facebook Live: The G7 Summit

I sat down today with my colleague Stewart M. Patrick to preview the G7 Summit, which kicks off tomorrow in Taormina, Italy. We discussed the G7's relevance, its evolution, and some of the issues tha…

Taormina

September 9, 2011

United States
Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

A general view of Sao Paulo, the biggest Latin American city (Paolo Whitaker/Courtesy Reuters). A new piece by Eduardo Guerrero in Nexos looks at the growing problem of extortion in Mexico. Differen…

Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

December 4, 2014

China
Alisha Sud: China’s Investments in Brazil Spark Public Concern

Alisha Sud is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In October, Baidu, China’s top search engine, bought Peixe Urbano, Brazil’s largest internet marketplace for local comme…

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff attend the official photo session for the meeting of China and CELAC at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia July 17, 2014. Brazil hosts the meeting of China and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS)

March 26, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Hello (Ciao), Matteo Renzi: Prime Minister of Italy

When President Barack Obama stops in Rome tomorrow he will be meeting with a politician who can match his own meteoric rise to power: Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Last month the thirty-nine-y…

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi arrives to lead a news conference at Chigi palace in Rome. (Remo Casilli/Courtesy Reuters)

March 15, 2007

United States
Capital inflows to the US resumed in January …

That shouldn't be a total surprise.  You cannot run a $850-860b current account deficit for long if you cannot borrow from the world.   December's roughly $15b net outflows simply wasn't …

October 7, 2006

Financial Markets
Italian (oil) realism

Paolo Scaroni (interviewed by Jad Mouawad in the New York Times) points out that if Americans continue to drive SUVs with oil at $60 a barrel, oil isn't all that high.  Scaroni heads an oil compa…