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December 16, 2019

Global Governance
The Alliance for Multilateralism Makes Sense. Can It Make Good?

The incipient Alliance for Multilateralism comes at a pivotal moment, but its ambiguous identity represents a potential stumbling block.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas delivers a speech next to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

April 2, 2020

South Africa
Five Questions on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy: Dr. Toni Haastrup

This blog post is part of the Women and Foreign Policy program’s interview series on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy, reflecting on initiatives to promote gender equality in the defense, developmen…

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chats with Dr Naledi Pandor ahead of a Swearing-in ceremony of South Africa's new cabinet ministers, 2019.

March 31, 2020

International Economic Policy
Not One Emerging Market Financial Crisis, but Many…

The common denominator across many emerging economies is a shortage of dollars. But the causes differ, as do the solutions.

A worker wearing a protective suit is seen inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai, China February 28, 2020.

October 16, 2012

Asia
The Death of King Sihanouk

Of the major figures from the Indochina Wars of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, there are now very few left. Vo Nguyen Giap, military commander for the People’s Army of Vietnam, is still alive, t…

Mourners gather to pay respects to the late former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh October 16, 2012.

March 25, 2020

China
China Needs More Progressive Taxes and More Spending on Public Health

China needs its own version of Rutger Bregman …  

A heart-shaped Chinese flag installation ahead of the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China is seen on a street in Shanghai, China September 26, 2019.

March 24, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, March 24, 2020: Outbreak in Pakistan and India on Lockdown

No country in South Asia has been fully spared by the coronavirus pandemic. This week Pakistan’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 ticked up dramatically, and India moved into a near-complete lockdown. Wit…

A life-size elephant statue with a face mask on a wheeled platform faces the camera through a narrow street.

March 22, 2020

International Economic Policy
How Asia’s Life Insurers Could “Shelter-In-Place”

Asia’s life insurers likely hold somewhere between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion of foreign currency denominated bonds as part of their portfolio—mostly dollar denominated, but some in euros. Japanes…

Japan, Taiwan, korea Lifers' Foreign Security Holdings (USD Billions)

March 20, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 20, 2020

TSMC considers new U.S. plant; Coronavirus testing website launch hindered by confusion; Ransomware gangs pledge to avoid targeting healthcare system during pandemic; United States and UK weigh deplo…

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

March 17, 2020

International Economic Policy
Addressing the Global Dollar Shortage: More Swap Lines? A New Fed Repo Facility for Central Banks? More IMF Lending?

There is a global scramble for dollars going on. It needs to be addressed through creative policies.

FILE PHOTO: One hundred dollar notes are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in Seoul January 9, 2013.

March 16, 2020

Southeast Asia
Has Malaysia’s Democratic Experiment Imploded?

In recent weeks, Malaysian politics have been upended by a series of dramatic moves, countermoves, and reversals. Less than two years after the landmark May 2018 election that ousted Malaysia’s long-…

Malaysia's Prime Minister Designate and former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves to reporters before his inauguration as the eighth prime minister, outside his residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 1, 2020.