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November 17, 2021

China
Takeaway From the Biden-Xi Meeting: Jaw Jawing as Success

Little of substance was expected of the Monday night meeting, but Biden said the two sides had to establish “guardrails” to prevent a clash, while Xi said he was glad to see his “old friend.”

Biden meets with Xi over the screen in the conference room

November 25, 2019

Europe
Europe Wants Strategic Autonomy, but That Is Much Easier Said Than Done

Achieving strategic autonomy will require Europeans to develop a coherent strategic culture, reach agreement on  priorities, and reassure U.S. leaders that greater autonomy is complementary to NATO. …

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

October 1, 2015

Cybersecurity
Avoiding a Game of He Said, Xi Said in Cyberspace

Last Friday’s announcement that the Chinese government has agreed to stop stealing intellectual property from U.S. companies may mark a turning point in our efforts to change Chinese behavior in cybe…

Obama Xi Cybersecurity Agreement Cyber CFR Net Politics

November 18, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Admits He Said No to Israel’s Peace Offer

The question of what happened in the late 2008 Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations between Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas has been controversial since those talks took place. But now w…

January 6, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali?

Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali waves to supporters after he took the oath at the national assembly in Tunis (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy of Reuters) If you don’t follow the Moor Next Door,…

The Last Days of Ben Ali?

January 14, 2011

Politics and Government
The Last Days of Ben Ali III

A man embraces a soldier as protesters walk past soldiers while shouting slogans during a demonstration against Tunisian President Ben Ali in Tunis (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Update: Hats off to tho…

The Last Days of Ben Ali III

June 8, 2012

Egypt
Weekend Reading: We Are All Khaled Said

Before there was Mohamed Bouazizi there was Khaled Said. The official "We Are All Khaled Said" Facebook page that helped instigate the January 25 uprising in Egypt and brought the issue of police to…

Khaled Said Cropped

February 22, 2005

Monetary Policy
Korea, enough said

It looks the remarks of Korea’s Central Bank President last week were a leading indicator of today’s big news: Korea plans to diversify its reserves away from the dollar! Bloomberg is right: the rea…

March 18, 2006

United States
What Geithner said. And then some

Most of the blogosphere has already weighed in on Tim Geithner's most recent speech.   I am a bit late to the party.   And I may not have much to add. I deeply agree with Geithner's argument…