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Category: Policy

Three Central Banks

Today’s central bank news tells us a lot about the risks and rewards of proactive central banking. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) surprised me (and nearly everyone else ) with a dramatic expansion of...

Ten Cold War Novels Worth Reading

If you want to know the facts about the Cold War, you should read histories and memoirs. If you want to know how the Cold War felt, you should read novels. Why? Because “fiction...

Ten Histories of the Cold War Worth Reading

Sunday marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For those of us who grew up during the Cold War it was an unforgettable moment—one we hoped for but didn’t necessarily...

China Hosts Its Own Cyber Conference

Not wanting to be left out, after the United Kingdom, Hungary, and South Korea (PDF) all held conferences on cyberspace governance, China has announced that it will be hosting the World Internet Conference from...

Does China Have a Rare Earth Weapon?

It’s been four years since China cut sales of rare earth elements (REEs) to Japan during a naval standoff between the two powers. Panic spread to markets and governments as people tried to figure...

U.S. Policy, Viewed From the Middle East

It’s natural that in the United States we see the Middle East from our own perspective, but very useful to step away from that perspective for a moment to try and see the region...

More on Selling Vietnam Lethal Arms

Last week, after the Obama administration’s decision to begin selling Vietnam limited amounts of lethal arms, a shift in the policy that has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War, I...

Axiom and the Deepening Divide in U.S.-China Cyber Relations

Recent revelations by a group of security researchers of another China-based hacking group, reportedly more sophisticated than Unit 61398, is likely to set off the usual recriminations and denials, but have very little impact...

Barbarism Begets Barbarism in Nigeria

Boko Haram is rightly notorious for its barbarism: whole-sale murder of adolescent boys in schools, the kidnapping of hundreds of girls, beheadings, throat-slittings, and stonings all captured on video for propaganda purposes. There is...

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