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June 12, 2013

Economics
Mexico’s Transformations

I had the pleasure of joining PBS’s Tavis Smiley on his Los Angeles based show earlier this week to talk about Two Nations Indivisible. You can watch our conversation here.

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July 24, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Poverty Rate Expected to Reach Highest Level Since 1965

The Associated Press reports that the poverty rate is expected to rise from its 2010 level of 15.1 percent; an increase as small as 0.1 percent would be the highest level since 1965. Joblessness play…

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May 20, 2008

Economic Crises
The Forgotten Man

Teaching Notes on The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by CFR Senior Fellow Amity Shlaes.

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November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

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July 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Lagos a Success Story?

In a celebration of Lagos and African urbanization, the Financial Times ran a piece by Xan Rice highlighting Nigeria’s commercial capital’s size, its economic importance, and its government’s energy …

An aerial view shows the central business district in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, April 7, 2009.

April 20, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Is Boko Haram Middle Class?

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

A view of the scene of a bomb blast is seen in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna April 8, 2012.

April 4, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Insurgency Continues, Crimping Business-as-usual

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

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November 15, 2011

Monetary Policy
A Discussion of the Fed's Dual Mandate Responsibilities

JEFFREY GARTEN: Good morning, everyone. It's my great pleasure to be the moderator for a session with Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. This meeting is part of the C. …

November 15, 2011

Monetary Policy
A Discussion of the Fed’s Dual Mandate Responsibilities

Charles L. Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, discusses the Fed's dual mandate in working to avoid an economic collapse and an increase in inflation, as well as lowering the une…

June 16, 2010

United States
More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite

Sebastian Mallaby, director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of More Money than God, discusses his book and the role of he…