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June 12, 2018

South Africa
U.S. and Foreign Governments Should Be Skeptical of AfriForum's Lobbying

AfriForum, a self-described Afrikaner rights group, has positioned itself as an especially vocal critic of land expropriation, which the group views as an existential threat to white South Africans. In their campaign against expropriation without compensation, AfriForum has launched appeals abroad, raising the specter of the murder of white farmers and stoking fears of “white genocide” among American, European, and Australian leaders and media outlets. 

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September 23, 2006

China
The Economist sides with Tyler Cowen

A quick synopsis of the last five years. The RMB tumbles against the euro (and most European currencies). Chinese exports to Europe surge, growing faster than Chinese exports to the US (eve…

March 5, 2018

Renewable Energy
Without Significant New Investment in Innovation, Solar Energy’s Growth Will Stall

March 5, 2018—Solar energy could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs, but its current upsurge is in danger of ebbing, increasing the risk of catastrophic climate change. While solar energ…

Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, by Varun Sivaram

December 7, 2016

Global
Cell Phones Without Factories: A Conversation with Tyler Cowen on International Economic Development

Tyler Cowen discusses the prospects for a “cell phones instead of automobile factories” model of economic growth and prosperity.

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January 19, 2018

South Africa
Zuma’s Commission on State Capture: Progress or Politics as Usual?

Just like the complex nature of state capture itself, with its dizzying web of corruption propped up by esoteric procurement laws, the devil of Zuma’s commission announcement is in the legal details. In South Africa, the “commission capital of the world,” debate abounds as to whether or not these costly productions actually achieve what they set out to do.

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January 3, 2006

United States
Tyler Cowen take note - dollar pessimism may no longer be fully “priced” in

Tyler Cowen has argued that big shocks come when markets are surprised, and, right now, no one would be surprised by a dollar decline.  People like me (and others with a wee bit higher profile) have …

September 7, 2006

China
Tyler Cowen apparently did not read my China testimony! The RMB’s value does influence trade flows

The New York Times’ conservative columnists certainly know how to get my blood boiling.  David Brooks, among other things, apparently thinks the key to a hedge fund salary is good people skills – not…

February 20, 2017

Elections and Voting
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-four men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enough…

The Presidential Seal in the White House in Washington

January 18, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

To get you ready for Inauguration Day, here are ten lesser known facts about presidential inaugurations. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the forty-fifth U.S. president, but he will be only the…

The U.S. Capitol is seen during a rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington

November 16, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethnicity, Control, and Coups d’État

This is a guest post by Tyler Lycan. Tyler is an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program, he recently obtained his Masters in International Security Studies from the Univer…

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