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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

March 15, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa's Billionaires

Sub-Saharan Africa Has Fourteen Billionaires, eight of whom are in South Africa and seven of whom are white.

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May 11, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Can Business Change the Immigration Debate?

President Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso (Jim Young / Courtesy Reuters). Framed by sunny El Paso skies, President Obama put immigration ba…

President Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso (Jim Young / Courtesy Reuters).

July 31, 2014

Wars and Conflict
TWE Remembers: World War I Poetry

“I think that I shall never see / A poem as lovely as a tree.” Most Americans know the opening lines of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. What they probably don’t know is that Kilmer was a war hero—t…

World-War-I-Poetry

February 4, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South African Black Billionaire and the “Patriotic Bourgeoisie”

On January 30, 2013, Patrice Motsepe pledged to give half of the income generated by his family assets to charity. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) issued a press release congratulating Mot…

Patrice Motsepe, Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, South Africa, attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 30, 2009.

May 9, 2012

United States
A Primer on Military Force

As I’ve written previously, policymakers and pundits have some pretty silly proposals for the use of military force. Whether it’s President Clinton,“[It would] scare the shit out of al Qaeda if sudde…

Army tanks

March 12, 2006

Economics
Read Dan Gross on Globalization a la carte

As usual, Gross has a lot of smart things to say about limits on cross border investment in a no-longer-quite-so-flat world -- or what he calls globalization a la carte. Limits on cross-border invest…

August 8, 2007

Monetary Policy
Did Greenspan suggest that the Fed no longer completely controls US monetary policy?

One of the most intriguing passages in the magisterial Ip/Hilsenrath account of the origins of easy credit in Tuesday's soon-to-be Murdoch Journal comes when Ip and Hilsenrath quote Alan Greenspa…

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August 6, 2007

Monetary Policy
The housing market shouldn’t bank on a PBoC put …

Yes, Virginia, seeking higher dollar returns to offset the dollar’s depreciation does mean taking on more risk.  And Steve Schwarzman wasn’t going to underprice his IPO just because China underpriced…