print logo

World Watch

Insight on what's happening beyond the United States.
North Korea's Paradoxical Upswing in Trade Nicholas Eberstadt 06/04/2014
Never before has the North Korean economy been so totally dependent on the largesse of a single trade patron as it appears to be today.
Al Qaeda Isn’t ‘On Its Heels’ Reza Jan 05/27/2014
The president’s optimistic characterization of the al Qaeda threat in South Asia is increasingly outdated. The terrorist group is regenerating due to a pause in U.S. drone activity and the ongoing withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Are the U.S. Dollar’s Days Really Numbered? Desmond Lachman 05/19/2014
The U.S. dollar will remain the world's reserve currency because no other major currency offers such liquidity, depth of financial markets, and store of value.
Favoring 'Stability' Over Liberty in Venezuela Roger F. Noriega 05/07/2014
U.S. policy toward Venezuela is not only unjust, it’s foolish.
Disclosure: Iran’s New Diplomatic Weapon Ilan Berman 05/04/2014
In what is ostensibly intended as a confidence-building measure, Iran is preparing a ‘comprehensive document’ detailing the extent of its quarter-century-old nuclear effort. But the product won’t come quickly.
Have the Limits to Economic Growth Really Been Reached? Desmond Lachman 04/26/2014
Robert Gordon has painted a dark picture of the world’s long-run economic growth prospects. But if the past is any guide, he will likely prove to be far too pessimistic about the human capacity to innovate.
U.S. Leadership Rating Rises. Huh? James K. Glassman 04/16/2014
The objective of foreign policy is to secure the defined interests of the United States. It may appear to be easier to succeed at such an endeavor if foreigners like us, but don’t be so sure.
Hoping for China's Success Vaclav Smil 03/28/2014
There is one effort in which everybody should wish to see China successful: preservation of the country’s farmland. It has already been reduced to well below the level needed to keep the country self-sufficient in grain production.
Do We Really Need a Larger IMF? Desmond Lachman 03/09/2014
Several developments should cause the U.S. Treasury to reverse itself in favor of a smaller International Monetary Fund.
How to Avoid Another Global Financial Crisis Alan Greenspan 03/06/2014
Human emotions and animal spirits are increasingly driving economic outcomes.