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Why Secrecy in Trade (and Other) Diplomacy is Necessary and Not So Evil

  The passage in the US Congress of legislation extending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known since the 1970s as Fast Track, is a significant accomplishment, in that it permits the President and executive branch to make US trade policy in the national interest and to engage in diplomacy designed to achieve US trade policy [...]

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The Gold Conundrum

(Or Why Gold Prices Have Different Short and Medium Term Trajectories) Not so long ago, gold rose to new highs. Recently, it has suffered the most challenging losses since 1999. The Fed’s rate hikes do not bode well for the gold in the near term, but what about in the medium-term? After climbing to US$1,206 [...]

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Greece’s Missing Drivers of Growth

Analyses and discussions of Greece’s economic situation usually begin—and often end—with its fiscal policy. The policies mandated by the “troika” of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have undoubtedly resulted in a severe contraction that will continue for at least this year. But little has been said about the [...]

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The Greek crisis

What's going to happen to Greece and the eurozone?

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What’s on China’s Mind?

During my recent visit to China I’ve given a few lectures at the top Beijing universities – Tsinghua, Renmin, Normal, and Beijing – and seminars in some think-tanks and research institutes, including the Center for China and Globalization. I also had couple of meetings with the readers of my new book published in Chinese: “Shi [...]

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If Greece does exit the euro, nobody knows what will happen next. A country like Italy is seriously exposed, and the simple thought that it might be the next to tremble should be enough to scare the hell out of us all, including the euro orthodox thinkers who have brought us to this point.

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Aaron Menenberg is Foreign Policy and Energy analyst, and a Future Leader with Foreign Policy Initiative. He also co-hosts Podlitical Risk (@podliticalrisk). He is a graduate student in international relations at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Previously he has worked at Praescient Analytics, The Hudson Institute, for the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and at the IBM Corporation. The views expressed are his own, and you can follow him on Twitter @AaronMenenberg. He welcomes questions and comments at