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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...

Myanmar Not Yet Attracting U.S. Companies

As President Barack Obama arrives in Myanmar next week for the East Asia Summit, he will find less optimism not only about the political situation but also about Myanmar’s economic future. As I noted...

Maybe Better News on Ebola?

The New York Times and other media are reporting a drop in Ebola infection rates and empty beds in the emergency field hospitals set up by the U.S. military in Monrovia. While there is...

Hun Sen’s Cambodia: A Review

Although the Vietnam War, including the “sideshow” war in Cambodia, has been the subject of thousands of books, post-war Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have gotten relatively little treatment from Western writers. This despite the...

Growth in the New Climate Economy

Action to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change has long been viewed as fundamentally opposed to economic growth. Indeed, the fragility of the global economic recovery is often cited as a justification to...

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...

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...

What Beijing Wants From APEC

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is just around the corner, and Beijing is pulling out all the stops. Elegant Chinese limousines will ferry the region’s leaders to and fro. The Gods—or maybe just...

Social Mobility in Mexico

Earlier this month, the Espinosa Yglesias Research Centre (CEEY) launched the English version of its most recent report on social mobility in Mexico. Creating a measure that combines 2011 household assets and occupational status,...

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Runs for Re-Election

Today, to nobody’s surprise, President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman announced that he would accept the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nomination for president. The presidential elections are scheduled for February 14, 2015. Within the PDP...

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