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June 26, 2009

United States
The 2008 US net international investment position: Without valuation gains, ongoing borrowing pushes the US deeper into the red

For a long time, large US trade and current account deficits didn’t push up the total amount the United States owed to the world, at least not if the market value of US investment abroad was netted a…

niip-08-1

December 1, 2009

North Korea
Dispatch From Pyongyang: An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Every North Korean seems to have been mobilized for an all-out push to mark their country’s arrival as a “strong and powerful nation” in 2012, which marks the hundredth anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s b…

Ruryong Hotel in Pyongyang

June 7, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Obama Needs More Oilmen

President Obama caught some flak last week for appointing former EPA Administration William Reilly to cochair his oil spill commission. Rachel Maddow’s blog has highlighted the fact that Reilly sits …

June 13, 2010

India
A Step Forward for the U.S. and India

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque It’s been a rough seventeen months for the United States and India. I’ve written about some of the challenges here and here—and talked about them here and h…

A Step Forward for the U.S. and India

November 12, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama in Asia

Above the Fold: The big news of the week has been President Obama’s Asia trip.  The coverage at home has generally been positive.  Walter Russell Mead reviews the India leg of the trip and applauds…

Friday File: Obama in Asia

November 19, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Obama Heads to Lisbon

Above the Fold. President Obama’s scheduler must be nursing a grudge.  Last Sunday the president returned from what had to be an exhausting ten-day, around-the-world trip that took him to four coun…

Friday File: Obama Heads to Lisbon

December 17, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The New START End Game

Above the Fold. It’s fish or cut bait time on the New START Treaty.  All signs point to a vote by next Wednesday.  Based on the strong vote this week to start the debate, supporters are optimistic…

Friday File: The New START End Game

January 25, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Watching the State of the Union Address

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. tonight to deliver the S…

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington.

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

January 21, 2011

Friday File: Obama 2.0

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle examine the bible used for his swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (Poll New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has reached the halfway po…

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle examine the bible used for his swearing-in ceremony in Washington