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October 25, 2010

China
Why China Should Revalue

China will hit a “growth wall” within the next three years, according to NYU economist Nouriel Roubini. The country’s reliance on fueling GDP growth through exports is unsustainable. He argues th…

Why China Should Revalue

November 3, 2010

United States
The Midterm Elections and Mideast Foreign Policy

Greetings from Washington. Thanks to all who sent messages inquiring about my safety after the Istanbul bombing last Sunday (look for a post on that issue soon). Today, I have a very special guest …

Midterm Elections Middle East Foreign Policy

November 19, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama Heads to Lisbon

Above the Fold. President Obama’s scheduler must be nursing a grudge.  Last Sunday the president returned from what had to be an exhausting ten-day, around-the-world trip that took him to four coun…

Friday File: Obama Heads to Lisbon

December 10, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

Above the fold. The White House is wrapping up its year-end Afghanistan strategy review.  Its conclusion, perhaps not surprisingly, looks to be that the surge strategy President Obama announced a …

Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

December 24, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Vacation Time

Above the fold. So President Obama is now off on vacation in Hawaii. He presumably will enjoy it, having crossed repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and passage of the New START Treaty off his to…

Friday File: Vacation Time

January 5, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Introducing Pressure Points

©2010 Google - Imagery ©2010 TerraMetrics Pressure Points is a new blog, primarily about the Middle East but with a special interest in democracy promotion and human rights issues more broadly. Why…

Introducing Pressure Points

February 8, 2011

Egypt
Mubarak and Obama: Music and Lyrics

There has been considerable criticism of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Egypt crisis. One telling complaint in my view is that they’ve been all over the lot: seeming to back the protester…

February 18, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Whatever Happened to “Human Rights?”

Lawyers hold a protest march to commemorate Human Rights Day in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 9, 2010. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) One of the more bizarre aspects of the Obama Administration’s…

Lawyers hold a protest march to commemorate Human Rights Day in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 9, 2010.

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.

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