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March 15, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello, Xi Jinping: President of China

Good news comes in threes. Just ask Xi Jinping. Back in November he was named Secretary General of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. Yesterday he picke…

Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing on December 27, 2012 (Wang Zhao/Courtesy Reuters).

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 22, 2014

United States
Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2014 who throu…

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January 17, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: NSA Reforms, CIA Drone Strikes, and Benghazi

“Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-28: Signals Intelligence Activities,” White House, January 17, 2014. When the United States collects nonpublicly available signals intelligence in bulk, it shall u…

Obama NSA speech

April 30, 2007

United States
Dani Rodrik, Steve Waldman, China’s impact on US export prices and the risk of “financial” Dutch disease …

Dani Rodrik didn’t take long to stir up the blogosphere (see Steve Waldman, among others).   Rodrik makes an interesting point:   Trade doesn’t cut inflation.   Sure, it lowers prices for impor…

July 8, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Brinkmanship on the Debt Ceiling

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011. (Chip East/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. They say that if …

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York, May 16, 2011.

August 19, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Sanctions on Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama’s call yeste…

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)

June 12, 2012

International Organizations
RIP for R2P? Syria and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Intervention

The ratcheting up of violence in Syria, including the massacres of civilians in Houla and Qubair, is placing extraordinary pressure on the Obama administration to match its tough anti-atrocities rhet…

People carry the body of men, whom activists say were killed by the Syrian government army, in Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city April 5, 2012. Picture taken April 5, 2012. (Shaam News/Courtesy Reuters)

June 10, 2011

International Organizations
The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao sit across from one another during a September 2009 meeting at the United Nations (Kevin Lamarque/ Courtesy Reuters). --Beijing, Jun…

The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

August 24, 2011

International Law
Getting Qaddafi to The Hague: The Case for ICC Prosecution

A combination of photos shows Saif al-Islam and his father Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Reuters Staff/ Courtesy Reuters)   With the collapse of Muammar al-Qaddafi’s regime in Libya, attention h…

Getting Qaddafi to The Hague: The Case for ICC Prosecution