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Drell Lecture: Dr. William J. Perry On "A National Security Walk Around The World"

featuring William J. Perry, Sidney D. Drellvia Stanford News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is honored to offer the 2016 Drell Lecture with Dr. William J. Perry, 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense, who will take attendees on "A National Security Walk Around the World."

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
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Fed Chair Yellen To Testify On Hill Amid Growing Doubts Over Interest Rate Hikes

quoting Kevin Warshvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will appear before Congress on Wednesday for the first time since raising interest rates, and investors will be scrutinizing her remarks for signs of whether the central bank will continue pulling back its support for the nation’s economic recovery.

Analysis and Commentary

China’s President Xi Jinping Channels His Inner Mao Zedong

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, February 8, 2016

In the February 2, 2016, edition of The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Browne published a very interesting article on current political trends in China entitled “Self-Criticism Makes a Comeback in Xi Jinping’s China.”  Contrition, practiced in Mao’s time, has returned as a humiliation ritual, broadcast on national television—even including foreigners accused of various crimes against the state.

Analysis and Commentary

New Issue Of Harvard National Security Journal

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Harvard National Security Journal's fall issue, published earlier this week, may be of interest to Lawfare readers. Ashley Deeks of UVa Law School (and Lawfare) argues that intelligence agencies restrain how foreign peer agencies conduct their work and view their legal obligations.

Analysis and Commentary

Is The TPP Good Or Bad On Net?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If you read the latest Econlib Feature Article by Pierre Lemieux, "Free Trade and TPP," you won't have an answer to the title question of this post. So why I did I ask him to write it? Because I knew that Pierre would do a great job of laying out the pros and cons.

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Anti-Poverty Program Reduces Violence in Civil Conflicts

featuring Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Center for International Security And Cooperation (CISAC)
Monday, February 1, 2016

An anti-poverty aid program that’s been implemented in the Philippines for nearly a decade is gaining attention for the progress it has made in not only helping the poor, but also for its role in decreasing political violence and insurgency.

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Japan's Experiment With Rates of Less Than Zero

quoting John H. Cochrane via Bloomberg
Monday, February 1, 2016

By now, financial markets have absorbed the news that the Bank of Japan has decided to implement negative interest rates. In doing so, the BOJ follows Europe, which sent rates slightly below zero in 2014. Presumably, the new target of -0.1 percent will be achieved through more purchases of assets such as exchange traded funds and real estate investment trusts, as well as the usual government bonds.

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China’s Ascendance To The Position Of Chief Adversary

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Friday, January 29, 2016

A significant portion of our national security establishment, painstakingly built up during the Cold War, has accepted the assumption that when it comes to threats from sovereign states, Russia, not China, is America’s leading adversary. We routinely hear our national leaders speak of Vladimir Putin’s bad behavior in places such as Ukraine and Syria, which further enhances the notion that the most formidable challenge to the preeminence of the U.S. in a post-Cold War world is Moscow, not Beijing.

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Adopting The Right Model

quoting Michael Spencevia Newsday
Thursday, January 28, 2016

The World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meetings were held in Davos-Klosters Switzerland over 20-23 January 2016. The WEF is best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos where its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.


In Search Of Growth Strategies

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Thursday, January 28, 2016

In 2008, the Commission on Growth and Development, which I had the privilege of chairing, produced a report updating our knowledge about sustainable growth patterns. Then, as now, one thing is clear: the policies that underpin multi-decade periods of high growth, structural transformation, rising employment and incomes, and dramatic reductions in poverty are mutually reinforcing.