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September 28, 2005

Emerging Markets
Sovereign bankruptcy

Sovereign bankruptcy is hardly a hot topic right now.   Its fifteen minutes of fame are long gone.But it briefly occupied the attention of top policy makers.  And some of you may be interested in my …

April 18, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Pennsylvania State University can claim many accomplis…

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011.

December 30, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Farewell to Iowa

The U.S. and Iowa state flags fly at a rally for Mitt Romney in West Des Moines on December 30, 2011. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. As the Roy Schneider character says at the start…

The U.S. and Iowa state flags fly at a rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in West Des Moines, Iowa December 30, 2011, ahead of the Iowa Caucus on January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

December 2, 2011

Friday File: Does the United States Matter Less?

A shrimp boat trawling near the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. I had the good fortune to spend the last two days at a con…

A shrimp boat trawls near healthy marsh, bayous and water ways east of the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana April 20, 2011. When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers, authorities first reported that no crude was leaking into the ocean. They were wrong. One year on, oil from the largest spill in U.S. history clogs wetlands, pollutes the ocean and endangers wildlife, not to mention the toll it has inflicted on the coastal economies of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and especially Louisiana. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)

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

November 2, 2012

Defense and Security
What Was That Drone Doing in Benghazi?

Adam Entous, Siobhan Gorman, and Margaret Coker, “CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya,” Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2012. At 5:41 p.m. Eastern time, Mrs. Clinton called Mr. Petraeus. She wanted to…

Benghazi attack 11-2-2012

September 13, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Tragedy in Libya and Regional Unrest

On a personal note, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods killed in Benghazi on Tuesday. Chris and I were…

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, smiles at his home in Tripoli on June 28, 2012 (Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters).

December 20, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters’ Ten Most Significant Developments of 2012

Here it is: the second annual Middle East Matters year-end roundup listing the ten most significant Middle East developments of 2012. Since this blog focuses on the interplay between U.S. policy and …

A protester covers his face as he stands in front of tear gas during clashes with riot police along a road that leads to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo on September 15, 2012 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters).

September 30, 2011

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Jeff Spicoli in Tahrir, Brothers vs. Officers, and Revolutionary Accomplishments

Protesters chant slogans against the government and military rulers at Tahrir Square after Friday prayers in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters)   Sean Penn joins Egyptians in Tahrir Square prote…

Weekend Reading: Jeff Spicoli in Tahrir, Brothers vs. Officers, and Revolutionary Accomplishments

June 27, 2013

United States
The World Next Week: Books to Read This Summer

The World Next Week podcast is up. This week, Bob McMahon and I took a break from our regular discussion of next week’s news to kick off the summer with some reading recommendations. Bob and I beg…

(Andy Clark/Courtesy Reuters)