from Ian Bremmer:

End the foreign policy shutdown

By Ian Bremmer
October 11, 2013

Ever since the government shutdown began, various federal departments have been forced to furlough nonessential personnel. The specter of the United States’ first default in history has become a bargaining chip for American politicians. That has rankled the international community, and it only compounds the backlash we’ve seen recently in response to Obama’s flip-flopping on a Syria strike and the NSA surveillance revelations. It’s clear that international consternation is not enough of an incentive for the United States to change its behavior. As I wrote recently in this column, foreign policy simply isn’t a priority for the Obama administration.

from MacroScope:

APEC’s robots stealing the show

November 12, 2010

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A guide at the "Japanese Experience" exhibition talks to Miim, the Karaoke pal robot, on the sidelines of the APEC meetings in Yokohama, Japan on Nov. 10. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

from MacroScope:

APEC’S always in fashion

November 8, 2010

CHILEOne of the most closely guarded secrets at the APEC summit in Japan's port city of Yokohama this weekend is not what the Asia-Pacific leaders might say about currencies and global imbalances. No, that's all going to be thrashed out at the G20 meeting Thursday and Friday in Seoul. The big topic of speculation here at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center is what the leaders will wear when they gather for the annual class photo that concludes the meetings.

from Global News Journal:

APEC MEETING IN SINGAPORE: LIVE BLOG

November 12, 2009

from Tales from the Trail:

Asian fusion is on APEC’s sartorial menu

October 28, 2009

FINANCIAL/APEC

The APEC summit gives world leaders a chance to play a little dress-up and trade-in their typical business suits for the traditional wear of the host country.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

EU ministers pledge to end banker bonus party

By Reuters Staff
September 2, 2009

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg addresses a news conference during an European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels September 2, 2009.     REUTERS/Francois Lenoir By Anna Willard
BRUSSELS, Sept 2 (Reuters) - European finance ministers pledged on Wednesday to clamp down on banker bonuses, raising the prospect of spreading such payouts over years or demanding back money if business turns sour.

from Financial Regulatory Forum:

U.S. “buy local” push criticized at Asia-Pacific trade talks

By Reuters Staff
July 21, 2009

Thailand's Commerce Minister Porntiva Nakasai SINGAPORE, July 21 (Reuters) - Asia-Pacific nations agreed on Tuesday to shun protectionist measures after some criticised the United States and other developed world "buy local" campaigns at a meeting pushing forward momentum towards a global trade pact.

from Tales from the Trail:

The First Draft, Friday, Nov. 21

November 21, 2008

George W. Bush heads to Peru this morning for his last scheduled trip abroad as U.S. president. Accompanied by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he will attend an Asia-Pacific summit in Lima, Peru, where he will seek support for global financial reforms.