The magazine of international economic policy.

From the Winter 2004 issue

Is the Aging of the Developed World a Ticking Time Bomb?

The developed-world populations are aging and shrinking, producing huge fiscal, economic, political, and social stresses given the unfunded liabilities of public entitlement programs. Does this phenomenon represent a global crisis? If a crisis looms, what kind of crisis is likely, when will it unfold, who faces the greatest risk, and what if anything can be done?

Twenty important experts offer their views

Boom, Gloom, and Excess

Yet the U.S. economy today is poised for a serious takeoff.

By Robert J. Barbera

Inflation Targeting

Should the Federal Reserve in its conduct of monetary policy follow the European Central Bank and adopt some form of inflation target range? TIE asked thirteen distinguished experts.

A symposium of views

Why America Is Different

No matter who wins the 2004 presidential contest, serious tensions with the United Nations will persist.

By Criton M. Zoakos

Master of the Senate

Guess who’s become the go-to Democrat on Capitol Hill?

By Scott Reed

America’s Sorry Trade Performance

Whatever happened to all that talk about rule of law?

By Robert Z. Lawrence and Nathaniel Stankard

Bullish on America

The United States needs to think more conceptually about how to use its economic advantage.

By Philip Merrill

The Bush Hate Game

TIE asked a top political analyst why the animosity toward the 43rd President is so great.

By Charles E. Cook, Jr.

Mutual Fund Cleanup

Washington’s surprisingly slow-motion efforts at reform.

By Roger M. Kubarych

Governments and Growth

The real threat to global recovery.

By Samuel Brittan

The Case for Globalization

The results of McKinsey’s latest study of the pros and cons of emerging market foreign investment.

By Diana Farrell

International Investment Carousel

When it comes to rules for international investment, it’s time to stop riding the WTO.

By Susan Ariel Aaronson

Knight Vision

TIE’s contributing editor Klaus Engelen interviews Malcolm Knight, the new General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements.

Das Empire Strikes Back

German banks have had enough of Standard and Poor’s and other agencies, and they’re not going to take it any more.

By Klaus C. Engelen

Gunfight at the Basel II Corral

As the dispute brews, will the Federal Reserve misjudge the mood on Capitol Hill?

By Christopher Whalen

Madagascar Manifesto

An island nation looks to the future.

By Marc Ravalomanana