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March 31, 2006

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…

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

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…

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)

April 12, 2013

The World Next Week: Britons Mourn Thatcher, Venezuela Votes, and the IMF and World Bank Meet

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, the Venezuelan elections, and the World Bank and IMF meetings in Washington. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/con…

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher receives a standing ovation at the Conservative Party Conference in 1989 (Stringer/UK/Courtesy Reuters).

August 29, 2013

The World Next Week: Talk of a U.S. Military Strike Against Syria Grows, G20 Meets in St. Petersburg, Obama Visits Sweden

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the possibility of the United States attacking Syria, the upcoming G20 summit in St. Petersburg, and Obama’s trip to Sweden. [audio: ht…

UN chemical weapons experts inspect one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in a Damascus suburb (Abo Alnour Alhaji/Courtesy Reuters).

October 28, 2013

Unpacking Africa’s Growth Forecasts: Potentials and Risks

This is a guest post by Diptesh Soni. Diptesh is a master’s degree candidate at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) studying economic and political development. You …

Africa - Eskom Workers

July 29, 2014

Russian Sanctions: Europe Prepares to Act

The Europeans look set to surprise us with significant economic sanctions against Russia (see here and here) that exceed in some respects U.S. measures. The United States likely would expand their sa…

June 24, 2015

Déjà vu in Greece

Here we go again. The counterproposal from Greece’s creditors has been leaked, and it underscores how far apart the two sides remain on a range of issues: VAT, corporate taxes, and especially pension…