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July 8, 2010

United States
Obama and Asia, Part Deux

Crack Palinggi/courtesy Reuters My colleague Elizabeth Economy raises some important points about my article in Newsweek, but I think that, overall, she takes a far too rosy  view of the White House…

Supporters of U.S President Obama gather for party to welcome him at Fabulous Bellagio Mall in Jakarta

December 16, 2010

Politics and Government
Tea Parties

Two hundred and thirty seven years ago today the Sons of Liberty dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.  It must have been unseasonably warm in Boston in December 1773. The arctic blast now g…

Tea Parties

January 7, 2011

Friday File: Welcome Back Bill Daley, Congratulations Gene Sperling

U.S. President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has a new White House chief of staff, Bill …

President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff

January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul

January 31, 2011

Iran
The Invisible Hostage Crises

Laura Fattal kisses her son Josh after a news conference in Tehran. It is now a year and a half since Iran jailed three American hikers on trumped-up spying charges. The three, Shane Bauer, his fian…

The Invisible Hostage Crises

February 1, 2011

Fossil Fuels
An Awful New Industry Talking Point

The New York Times reports this morning on the perennial battle over energy subsidies. In addition to a lovely quote from this blog, the Times has this from American Petroleum Institute (API) preside…

February 18, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Mubarak Is Gone, Now Comes the Hard Part

A family of Egyptian pro-democracy supporters ride on a motorcycle carrying an Egyptian flag after Friday prayers near Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Amr Dalsh/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The TV cam…

A family of Egyptian pro-democracy supporters ride on a motorcycle carrying an Egyptian flag after Friday prayers near Tahrir Square in Cairo

February 22, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Managing Oil Crises

In an essay in tomorrow’s FT, I argue that ongoing oil market turmoil ought to remind us that energy policy shouldn’t just be about long-term strategy; short-term dynamics matter too. Most advocates …

March 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Newt Gingrich, GOP Presidential Candidate?

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Someone had to go first. So Newt Gingrich did. While the other major …

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual CPAC meeting in Washington

March 6, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Is Sarah Palin Running for President?

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Sarah Palin sat down with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on Friday night…

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington