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DFNS.net Policy Blog

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...

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...

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...

Bangladesh: Capitalist Haven

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released the second of two major reports detailing findings from a global public opinion survey on economic issues conducted last spring in forty-four countries. Read together, the...

Egypt’s Economy: Bringing The State Back In

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew visited Cairo on Monday and no one seemed to notice or care. That’s probably because of the awful terrorist attack that took the lives of at least 33...

Barring Sexual Harassment and Protecting Speech in Iran

The recent spate of acid attacks in Isfahan, Iran, have left several Iranian women severely injured and some partially blind. Many Iranians are concerned that the women were targeted for “bad hijabs,” meaning their...

Rhino Passing

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. On October 17, Suni, a northern white rhino, was found dead in his enclosure at...

Liberty and the Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority officials have given thousands of speeches over the years about removing the Israeli occupation, freeing Palestinians, self-government, and the like. But today –as in the days of Arafat– the PA itself is...

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