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November 15, 2010

China
China’s Money – A Central Asian Tale

Want to know how much China’s money is changing the balance of forces on its periphery?  Back in January I blogged on “China’s Big Play in Central Asia.”  And by “big play” I meant simply that Chin…

China’s Money – A Central Asian Tale

December 4, 2010

The World Next Week

The podcast for The World Next Week is up.  Bob McMahon and I discussed the pending resumption of the P5+1 talks with Tehran on Iran’s nuclear program; the looming parliamentary vote on Ireland’s …

The World Next Week

December 31, 2010

Friday File: Let it Snow

Above the Fold. President Obama had the right idea in heading off to Hawaii. I opted for Boston and was rewarded with 20-plus inches of snow. That would have been great if I liked to ski or shovel …

Friday File: Let it Snow

December 7, 2010

More Celebrities and Foreign Policy

Yesterday I blogged on an article in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine about John Prendergast’s efforts to enlist celebrities to help bring attention to humanitarian disasters in Africa.  A sharp-ey…

More Celebrities and Foreign Policy

December 13, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
TWE Quick Takes: Saddam Hussein, New START and More

Seven years ago today soldiers in the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division pulled Saddam Hussein from a hole underneath a two-room mud shack on a sheep farm in the town of ad-Dawr, …

TWE Quick Takes: Saddam Hussein, New START and More

December 20, 2010

Politics and Government
Killer Amendments Die

The New START Treaty made it through the weekend intact. Opponents offered two so-called killer amendments, and both failed to get fifty-one votes. (A treaty needs sixty-seven votes to pass the Se…

Killer Amendments Die

February 11, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Budget Brawl Begins

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea. (Fabrizio Bensch/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Football season is over, but Washington’s annual budget brawl begins Monday when…

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea.

February 25, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Washington Braces for the Showdown over the Government Shutdown

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington. (Jason Reed…

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

March 15, 2011

Japan
Another Rocky Day for Japan

People on their wheelchairs rest at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters/Kyodo) …

People on their wheelchairs rest at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011.