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September 5, 2008


One of my usual laugh lines is that the CIC isn’t a sovereign wealth fund; it is a sovereign loss-minimization fund. After all, selling debt denominated in an appreciating currency (and one that…

September 11, 2008

Monetary Policy
FRBNY custodial holdings of Agencies still falling, but at a slower pace

The latest data from the Fed’s custodial accounts (money that the Fed holds for foreign central banks) is out. It indicates that the central banks reduced their holdings of Agencies from $958.6b las…

October 7, 2008

Financial Markets
Russia, global lender of last resort? Will Russia bail out the hedge fund of the North ...

A few years ago, analysts looking at the same data that Dr. Krugman highlighted started to call the US a hedge fund. It borrowed short-term in dollars, providing the world wit a safe liquid asset (or…

April 27, 2010

Reality Check on Futenma Relocation

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao Government officials in Washington and Tokyo are working to come up with a new package of options that would allow U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to be …

Reality Check on Futenma Relocation

August 10, 2010

And the Winner is…Vietnam

All the finger-pointing and analysis about the Obama administration’s decision to wade more deeply into disputes over the South China Sea seems to have focused on whether Washington or Beijing have…

A Vietnamese flag flutters as a motorboat transporting Vietnamese navy personnel passes a construction site of a new pier on Truong Sa islands or Spratly islands

October 27, 2010

Cozying up to Burma

The decline of democracy in some of Southeast Asia’s most important states does not only affect the citizens of those countries. The decline has a kind of knock-on effect, in which it also undermin…

Thailand’s PM Abhisit shakes hand with Myanmar’s PM Thein during the 15th ASEAN Summit and related summits in Hua Hin

November 16, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
Does Africa Need Another Blog?

Yes. It seems to me that much of the on-line discussion on Africa is focused on economic development or the lack thereof, or on the latest humanitarian catastrophe that grabs the headlines, be it i…

Does Africa Need Another Blog?

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

March 18, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama “Dithers” No More

  Libyan protesters in Tobruk celebrate after the UN Security Council passes a resolution authorizing a "no-fly" zone and military attacks on Muammar Qaddafi's forces. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Re…

Libyan Protesters celebrate after a U.N. resolution authorising a

April 18, 2011

United States
TWE Remembers: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

  All revolutions begin with a single act that changes everything. America’s began on April 18, 1775, when British General Thomas Gage ordered 700 British Army regulars under the command of Lt. Co…

Paul Revere