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November 1, 2005

China
Balance of payments math for the Economist (and some thoughts on Chinese banks)

The Economist - byline Bejing, Hong Kong, Shanghai.The quote: "No country can sustainably invest more than it saves ..."As most of you know, I generally agree with that sentiment, though it is certai…

November 30, 2005

Financial Markets
Tracking petrodollars (or petroeuros) — once more

I tend to agree with Stephen Roach more often than naught.   But every now and again, I do disagree with him.  And I am not convinced that petrodollars, are well, no longer petrodollars.   That is, t…

February 28, 2007

China
Why is China’s government trying so hard to hold down China’s current living standard? And investing so much of China’s savings in depreciating assets?

Dr. DeLong is engaged is a rather spirited debate over at TPMCafe – one that mirrors the debate inside the Democratic party.  It is a debate over trade, but it also is a debate over US grand strategy…

May 5, 2009

Immigration and Migration
Swine Flu, the Drug War, and the Mexican State

As if Mexico didn’t have enough problems, it is now the epicenter of the swine flu epidemic. But there is a silver lining. The Mexican government’s handling of the epidemic should banish any notions …

October 12, 2010

North Korea
Apparent Heir: Kim Jong Un’s Ascension and The Challenge to South Korea

Having spent the past week in Seoul in the aftermath of the September 28 Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) conference and on the eve of the unprecedented 65th anniversary celebrations of the WPK’s foun…

Apparent Heir: Kim Jong Un’s Ascension and The Challenge to South Korea

December 6, 2010

Asia
Impunity – The Obstacle in Southeast Asia

Wreaths of flowers are placed near the scene of a stampede in Phnom Penh. (Chor Sokunthea/Courtesy Reuters) In the wake of the awful stampede that took place at a water festival in Phnom Penh in lat…

Wreaths of flowers are placed near the scene of a stampede in Phnom Penh

December 31, 2010

United States
TWE Remembers: George C. Marshall

When I taught “American Foreign Policy” (30:061) at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) students would occasionally ask me which American policymaker I most admired.  I never knew whether the quest…

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February 9, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE Remembers: Joseph McCarthy’s Wheeling Speech

Sixty-one years ago tonight Sen. Joseph McCarthy gave the speech to the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia that ushered in the ugly era of McCarthyism. McCarthy was beginning his f…

Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

February 14, 2011

Egypt
Egyptian Military’s Moment of Truth

Egyptian soldiers chat as they stand on their tank before moving to another location at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 12, 2011 (Dylan Martinez/Courtesy Reuters) Hi everyone, Here is my "firs…

Egyptian soldiers chat as they stand on their tank before moving to another location at Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 12, 2011 (Dylan Martinez/Courtesy Reuters)

February 23, 2011

CFR at the Oscars

Click here to view this video on Youtube.com My job gives me opportunities to work with people who have sterling credentials: Nobel Prize winners, Hayek Award winners, Rhodes Scholars, and Marsha…