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Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

A profile of South America’s largest trade bloc.

Views from the Newsroom: Challenges to American Power (Video)

David E. Sanger and Daniel Klaidman discuss their respective books and assess the Obama administration’s national security policies and practices.

The Debate over Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade

Greenhouse gas trading is now a multibillion-dollar international business and is expected to continue to grow, despite uncertainty about a post-2012 international climate regime.

Better Regulation for Freer Trade

Bollyky outlines the integrated strategy that U.S.

Make Voting Mandatory

Peter Orszag makes the case that increasing electoral participation would improve American democracy.

The U.S. Aging Population as an Economic Growth Driver for Global Competitiveness (Audio)

Joseph Coughlin and Kelly Michel discuss how a healthy and active aging population can contribute to economic growth, and the public policy reform, new business strategies, and profound shifts in views on aging necessary

Economist: Render Unto Caesar

The Economist writes that China’s conservative wing finds religion within its ranks–and dislikes it.

Economist: Tax and Build

The Economist comments on Obama’s recently released federal budget: as a fiscal document, it is optimistic though not unreasonable; as a political move, it is an early campaign promise towards reelection.

The Diplomat: Santorum and Foreign Policy

With Rick Santorum’s recent caucus victories, Jason Miks takes a second look at the potential candidate’s foreign policy talking points, describing them largely hyperbolic, hawkish, and faith

Lydia Ko takes attention in her stride

It’s a cold, damp, rather sleepy and subdued sort of morning at the Pegasus Golf Club, just north of Christchurch.

The 6th Floor Blog: Shadid at Work

Anyone who knew Anthony Shadid well can say these words: No one was as passionate about the work of foreign correspondence, and no one did it as well.

Lessons Learned: Richard Nixon Goes to China

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972 and discusses the importance of diplomacy in international relations.

Brookings: Election Doesn’t Mean Wasted Fiscal Year

Election year doesn’t have to be a wasted year on the fiscal front, say Pete V. Domenici, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force and Alice M. Rivlin, Senior Fellow for Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, emphasizing the need to slow …

U.S. Deficits and the National Debt

The Obama administration’s 2013 budget plan has revived debate over the sustainability of U.S. spending. This Backgrounder outlines the competing policy paths on fiscal reforms and the global consequences for failing to bring down U.S. debt.

Pakistan's Supreme Court vs. Everybody, but Most of All the Prime Minister

With the indictment of Yousaf Gilani, the major branches of the Pakistani establishment are more than ever at each other’s throats

From Aid to Development Partnership

This Working Paper analyzes U.S.-ROK cooperation in international development, presenting how the two countries should establish a new system of partnerships between aid recipients and donors and enhance donor coordination.

Military Bases and the American Community

Frank Klotz argues that the closure of a military base is economically and emotionally difficult, but the U.S. military cannot afford to maintain facilities it no longer needs, especially in the midst of a budget crisis.

Campaign 2012: The Candidates on Afghanistan

As the decade-long war in Afghanistan finally winds down, presidential candidates continue to differ on timetables for U.S. troop withdrawal from the country.

Spain admits doping issue after Contador ban

Spain’s sports minister has acknowledged that the country has a problem with doping that needs fixing, after its record in the fight against drugs came under further scrutiny following Alberto Contador’s ban from cycling.

Are Chinese factory workers getting just $8 for every iPad sale?

To put this in perspective, a report from the Korea Daily claims South Korean workers get about $34 per iPad unit they produce. Originally posted at The Digital Home

Business Day Live

Business Day Live is a new daily broadcast at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, featuring insight and analysis from Times reporters and columnists. Today, Facebook’s stock offering.

Taleban to retake Afghanistan – report

A secret United States military report says that the Taleban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan after Nato-led forces withdraw from the country, Britain’s Times of London reports.

EU leader pushes for Chinese help on Iran, Syria

(02-14) 04:25 PST BEIJING, China (AP) — European Union leaders urged China on Tuesday to open its markets, join in persuading Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program and help end

Two Ways to Ease U.S.-China Economic Tensions

The U.S. visit of Vice President Xi Jinping occurs at a time of resurfacing tensions over trade and China’s currency, says CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby, but there is a formula for resolving each

What the United States and China Need to Do

Elizabeth C. Economy discusses Chinese vice president Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States.

A Defense Budget at the Crossroads

As the Pentagon attempts to refocus the U.S. military strategy toward Asia, the department is facing major budget constraints. Experts disagree on how to balance the fiscal challenge with the country’s national security priorities.

Budget of the United States Government (Proposed), FY 2013

The White House released the proposed FY 2013 U.S. government budget document on February 13, 2012.

UN ICC Small Arms Treaty Oil & Children ! « TeaPartyWPBFL

Recent Posts. RON PAUL Maine @ 36% 2nd Place 190 votes from Mitt & WINS 10 DELEGATES ! UN ICC Small Arms Treaty Oil & Children ! Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch Cancelled by Murdoch’s

Fostering Greater Chinese Investment in the United States

David Marchick calls for new U.S. government efforts to increase the small share of Chinese direct investment in the United States, including combating perceived prejudices, removing policy impediments, and encouraging U.S. businesses to partner with their

U.S.-Egypt Ties on Shifting Sands

A year after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster from power, U.S.-Egypt relations are under threat as Cairo presses charges against U.S. nongovernmental pro-democracy workers. CFR’s Steven A. Cook discusses the implications this has for U.S. aid to Egypt.

Google considers opening retail store in Ireland

RETAIL Google may open store in Ireland Google may open its first stand-alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin, according to a filing by the world’s most popular search engine. The Google Store would… Presented By: Chicago Booth Business Forecast http://dlvr.it/18Nx0g”   Ads …

Are Latin American Media Being Bullied?

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa sued the wrong guys

This Is Africa's Chance To Leapfrog The Declining West

You’ve heard about the African Renaissance, right? The Aid Bosses, once the unquestioned successors in Africa to the joint heirloom of Mother Teresa and Lord Clive of Chennai , are finding it harder and harder to get face time with the political grandees in our wheeling and dealing capitals.

Africa as a Frontier Market

Obiageli Ezekwesili discusses the rise of Africa as a frontier market, the prospects for growth in coming years, the emergence of new players in African economies, and the

Tie U.S. Recovery Program to Economic Indicators

Peter Orszag wants the United States to rely more on automatic stabilizers to stem the shocks from recessions.

Lessons Learned: Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison

CFR’s James M. Lindsay discusses Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990 and his subsequent rise to the presidency to show how individuals shape history.

Syria’s Deepening Crisis

Amid increasing fears of a civil war in Syria following the failure of the UN Security Council resolution, analysts remain divided over the question of intervention and how best to address the crisis.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The Year Past, The Year Ahead

Steve Coll, Robert Grenier, and Daniel Markey look at changes in U.S.-Pakistan relations over the past year and make recommendations for moving forward.

NYT: In Syria, We Need to Bargain With the Devil

Nicholas Noe argues that an internationally led reconciliation effort and subsequent peace-keeping presence in Syria would bypass the resulting destruction of a military intervention or civil war, while still keeping the diplomatic upper hand.

UN: Russia, China Vetoes Betray Syrian People | Human Rights …

(New York) – Vetoes by Russia and China of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria are a betrayal of the Syrian people, Human Rights Watch said today.

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