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World Watch

Insight on what's happening beyond the United States.
Water, Water Roger Bate 05/24/2007
It may be everywhere, but it’s scarce as well. How to use water most efficiently? Roger Bate finds the solution in a nation undergoing the worst drought in 1,000 years: Australia.
German Growth Means a Chance for Reform Jurgen Reinhoudt 05/24/2007
Center-right leader Angela Merkel is missing an opportunity. She should take a cue from her left-of-center predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, particularly on labor market reforms.
The Sudden Ubiquity of China Mauro De Lorenzo 05/23/2007
It’s not just a western obsession: Beijing really is ramping up diplomatic engagement all over the world.
Podcast with Mauro De Lorenzo The American 05/23/2007
Mauro De Lorenzo explains how China erodes international agencies’ influence in the developing world.
Canada’s Problem: Domestic Trade Barriers Christopher Sands 05/22/2007
Free trade among the fifty states may account for much of the U.S. productivity advantage over Canada.
All the Coal in China Rowan Callick 05/21/2007
Cheap and abundant, coal is the energy that powers China’s economy, writes Rowan Callick. But it also may be the world’s worst environmental problem.
Forecast: Open Skies Ahead Evan Sparks 05/18/2007
A new U.S.-European pact will mean more competition, less red tape, and—probably—lower fares.
Q&A: Energy Independence Steven F. Hayward 05/17/2007
‘Energy independence’ may be a hollow slogan, but ‘energy security’ is something we can achieve. Separating fact from fantasy, Steven Hayward shows how.
The UN’s Tyrant-Friendly Bureaucracy Roger Bate 05/15/2007
Saturday’s vote putting Zimbabwe in charge of a human rights body doesn’t make it any easier to take the body seriously.
Health Targets Should Come With a Warning Roger Bate 05/11/2007
Grand goals will only help world health if they can be measured—and achieved.