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World Watch

Insight on what's happening beyond the United States.
Europe’s Deflation Challenge Desmond Lachman 10/29/2013
Easy global liquidity from quantitative easing in the United States has masked deflation and public debt vulnerability in the European periphery, and the European Central Bank shows little sign of pursuing policies to address these threats.
Crunch Time for the Trans-Pacific Pact — and for U.S. Leadership in Asia Claude Barfield 10/10/2013
At a crucial time in U.S.-Asian relations, China is stealing the limelight. America needs to get back in the game.
Europe the Morning After the German Elections Desmond Lachman 10/03/2013
Angela Merkel’s impressive reelection win indicates little will change in Germany’s Europe policy.
‘Asian’ Business Patterns: Culture in Context Peter A. Coclanis 08/19/2013
Culture is only one variable determining the differences between Asian and Western business practices.
Afghanistan’s Rare Earth Element Bonanza Alan W. Dowd 08/13/2013
Afghanistan’s recently mapped deposits of rare earth elements provide hope that the war-torn nation can achieve peace and prosperity.
The State of Economic Freedom, Part 2: Success Stories The Editors 08/06/2013
What do Rwanda, Brazil, Texas, Peru, Mexico, and Panama all have in common?
The Truth About Mugabe’s Land Reform Douglas Rogers 07/31/2013
As Zimbabweans go to the polls today, it is time to set the record straight about Robert Mugabe’s land reform. Some are now calling it a success. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Imbalance: Institutions and the Chinese Economy, Past and Present Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane 07/25/2013
China was once the world’s leading economic power, but over time it fell behind the West. Why did this happen? Can it return to its earlier greatness?
The European Central Bank’s Clay Feet Desmond Lachman 07/23/2013
The president of the ECB should not believe his own hype: Europe’s economic crisis is far from over.
The G8’s Exercise in Nostalgia Claude Barfield 06/25/2013
The G8 initiated formal negotiations on a U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement, but there are reasons to be skeptical about its future. Of greater importance to the United States is the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.