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January 28, 2008

Europe
If the UK wants to increase financial transparency …

Gordon Brown argues that the ’transparency deficit" in the global financial system needs to be corrected. I have a couple of specific suggestions for UK policy makers looking to flesh out the Prime M…

March 8, 2009

Financial Markets
The shadow financial system – as illustrated in three new papers that cut through the London fog

Gordon Brown wants to shine a bit more light on the shadow financial system (hat tip IPEZone). One plank of his G-20 action plan is: "reform of international regulation to close regulatory gaps so …

April 4, 2010

Europe and Eurasia
Kyoto and Zombies

It’s apparently fashionable these days to bring zombie metaphors into international relations. So who am I to resist? Besides, when it comes to the Kyoto Protocol, it’s pretty apt, as some news out o…

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

April 7, 2011

Economics
Reviving Competition in Mexico’s Economy

In trying to explain why Mexico isn’t growing quickly, or "why it isn’t rich" as Gordon Hanson puts it in a great paper, there is much talk about economic concentration -- the monopolies and oligopol…

Mexico’s Total Factor Productivity Compared to Latin America and Asian Tigers (Source: Augusto de la Torre and Ana Cusolito,

July 7, 2011

United States
A Primer on Air Power

A F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes The military intervention…

A Primer on Air Power

August 10, 2011

Ten Whats With…Kevin Benson

Kevin Benson (Courtesy Univ. of Kansas, Creative Commons License). Quick Bio (2-3 sentences): I was raised in Wisconsin and left after high school to go to West Point, 1973-1977.  I served on active…

Kevin-Benson

September 9, 2011

You Might Have Missed

U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney meet at the White House on January 29, 2008 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).   - Julian E. Barnes, Adam Entous,  Siobhan Gorman, “U.S. Eyes…

U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney meet at the White House on January 29, 2008 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).

September 26, 2011

China
North Korea’s Deepening Economic Dependency on China

Local workers arrive with fresh fish at the port area of North Korean special economic zone of Rason city, located northeast of Pyongyang September 2, 2011 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters). Yonhap r…

Local workers arrive with fresh fish at the port area of North Korean special economic zone of Rason city, located northeast of Pyongyang September 2, 2011.

November 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Foreign Policy Roundup

The South Lawn of the White House. (Yuri Gripa/courtesy Reuters) Herman Cain continues to attract attention for his comments implying that China does not already have nuclear weapons. The GOP frontr…

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) jumps with four hundred children at an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington October 11, 2011 to launch a challenge to help break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. To break the record, more than 20,000 people from around the world must perform jumping jacks for one minute. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas