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May 11, 2009

Emerging Markets
Sovereign bailout funds, sovereign development funds, sovereign wealth funds, royal wealth funds …

The classic sovereign wealth fund was an institution that invested a country’s surplus foreign exchange (whether from the buildup of “spare” foreign exchange reserves at the central bank or from the …

February 10, 2008

Capital Flows
SWFs to IMF: mind your own business, not ours …

It doesn’t seem like the IMF’s code of conduct for sovereign wealth funds is going anywhere. The power brokers in today’s global financial system argue that they are already commercially-motivated…

November 3, 2008

Financial Markets
Open secrets

The Gulf states are thought to have built up their cash reserves in q2 and q3 – though the supporting evidence was always circumstantial (the TIC data implied that no one was buying US equities) and …

March 4, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: What If Qaddafi Is Right?

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of President of Yemen Saleh and then-Egyptian President Mubarak during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. In the mid…

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of then Egyptian President Mubarak and President of Yemen Saleh during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte

June 3, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Afghanistan Debate Heats Up

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Next month President Obama will likely anno…

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province.

May 3, 2011

United States
Syria, Iran, and Losing a Strategic Opportunity

Boys hold a banner during a demonstration in the the Syrian port city of Banias (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Everything that has been said about Osama bin Laden’s demise has already been said and will…

Syria, Iran, and Losing a Strategic Opportunity

May 5, 2011

Defense and Security
Campaign 2012: The First GOP Presidential Debate

A staffer places the Presidential Seal on a lectern. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) The 2012 campaign season formally kicks off tonight with the first GOP presidential debate. Fox News is carrying th…

A White House staffer places the Presidential Seal on a lectern before President Obama delivers remarks.

May 17, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guest Post: More Pessimism on Pakistan

Workers load bags of flour for flood victim relief onto a U.S. Marines helicopter in northwest Pakistan on August 16, 2010. (Tim Wimborne/courtesy Reuters) My colleague, Steve Biddle, who is a…

Workers load bags of flour for flood victim relief onto a U.S. Marine helipcopter in northwest Pakistan on August 16, 2010.

May 10, 2011

Defense and Security
What Are Obama’s Options on Afghanistan?

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, gestures during a gun battle in Helmand province. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) I have a new post up at CNN’s Global Public…

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, gestures during a gun battle in Helmand province. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters)

May 12, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: Netanyahu’s Diplomatic Tour

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) in the Oval Office on September 1, 2010. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon …

President Barack Obama meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on September 1, 2010.