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July 19, 2004

Iran
Iran: Time for a New Approach

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have positioned American troops along Iran’s borders, making the United States and Iran wary competitors and neighbors who nonetheless possess overlapping interests. …

March 3, 2005

Monetary Policy
One way to diversify your reserves: Buy Argentina!

Venezuela apparently is going to invest in Argentina’s restructured debt. Not quite your classic reserve asset.On the other hand, Malaysia lent Lebanon some money to bolster its reserve during Leban…

June 8, 2005

Economics
Greenspan’s conundrum and oil

The most profitable sector of the Chinese economy, according to data from UBS. Mining. It is not even close. I presume that includes mining for oil. Remember that. I will return to it in a bit.A…

June 17, 2005

Emerging Markets
Oil at $58. A bit on the global savings glut too

Oil closed above $58 a barrel on Friday. That’s kind of high. Kevin Drum nicely summarizes the range of explanations that have been put forward to explain oil’s recent rise. I tend to agree with h…

June 30, 2005

Capital Flows
CNOOC (once again)

The CNOOC bid presumably is motivated by two things. One, Beijing has plenty of cash, and already holds more Treasuries than it wants, so it wants to diversify its portfolio. As I argued earlier, C…

August 25, 2005

Americas
Julia E. Sweig Named Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America

August 17, 2005 – Council Fellow Julia E. Sweig, a leading expert on U.S.-Latin American relations, has been named the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies and directo…

October 10, 2005

Nigeria
The Pernicious Effects of Oil

This publication is now archived. IntroductionGiven the tight supply and surging demand of the world oil market, small countries that produce oil can have a major impact on global markets. This is in…

October 18, 2005

Trade
What are the main issues in the debate over CAFTA?

This publication is now archived. What are the main issues in the debate over CAFTA?The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress, would create…

November 2, 2005

Trade
What to Expect from the Summit of the Americas

This publication is now archived. IntroductionU.S. President George Bush heads to South America this week to meet heads of state at the fourth Summit of the Americas November 4-5 in the Argentine sea…