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October 12, 2005

Elections and Voting
Drozdiak: Germany’s ’Grand Coalition’ Amounts to ’National Emergency Government’

William M. Drozdiak, president of the American Council on Germany, says the emerging “grand coalition” government to be headed by Angela Merkel of the conservative Christian Democratic Union must fa…

November 21, 2005

Elections and Voting
Stern: New German ‘Grand Coalition’ Government a Major, Positive Achievement

Fritz Stern, a leading historian on Germany, says the coming to power in Germany of a so-called Grand Coalition between the rival Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD), i…

March 31, 2006

Europe
France: The most “Anglo-Saxon” of the big 3 continental economies

That's a headline you won't see in the financial or popular press.  The basic narrative is already established:  France won't change, and as a result, will lag behind the more flexible "A…

September 7, 2007

Defense and Security
A Conversation with Michael V. Hayden

Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, New YorkSeptember 7, 2007STEPHEN FRIEDMAN:  (Off mike) -- line-up for the next 30 days or so of council events:  on September 25th, Stephen Harper, the p…

December 5, 2007

Peacekeeping
Holbrooke: Kosovo Independence Declaration Could Spark Crisis

Richard C. Holbrooke, the architect of the Dayton Accords that ended the Bosnia war, says Russia’s uncooperative attitude in Kosovo combined with western inaction could spark renewed conflict.

March 25, 2008

Monetary Policy
Record reserves, Record reserve growth, record reserve currency angst -

Over the past several weeks: Thailand’s reserves topped $100b. Thailand, lest anyone forget, basically ran out of cash reserves back in 1997 (counting its forward commitments) - sending a clear …

June 9, 2009

China
The Chinese puzzle: why is China growing when other export powerhouses aren’t?

Almost all countries that relied heavily on exports for growth have experienced large downturns. And there economies are still in the doldrums. Except one. China. Why? Few questions matter m…

September 24, 2010

Economic Crises
Eurozone Crisis as Historical Legacy

This essay examines the historical roots of the eurozone crisis, tracing the roots of ongoing political and economic problems back to agreements that were made around German reunification in 1989. …

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May 13, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Will We Come to Regret the Raid on Abbottabad?

A policeman walks in front of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. (Faisal Mahmood/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Actions, even virtuous ones, have consequences. Sometimes those consequenc…

A policeman walks in front of the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad.

February 2, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: The United Nations Debates Syria

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the current debate on whether to demand political change in Syria; the forty-eighth Munich International Security Conference; and the tw…

  The United Nations Security Council meets at the U.N. headquarters on January 31, 2012 to discuss Syria. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)