Tough new fuel economy standards for U.S. vehicles. In terms of international diplomacy, this is more palpable evidence that the U.S. is finally getting serious about global warming. The more the U.S. shows it is willing to take tough steps, the more leverage we will have to get others, particularly China, to commit to limits on their global greenhouse gasses.
The Indian elections. Voters in India handed a victory to the current ruling Congress party, paving the way for economic reforms that are likely to boost the Indian economy in the long term. India has roughly as many people living below the poverty level as the entire population of the United States.
The swine flu vaccine is proving difficult to produce.
The New York Times reports that Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, may take a major post in the Afghan government. He’s a powerful operator, by all accounts, so maybe he’ll be able to make the trains in Kabul run on time — or at least get the trains on the tracks. But I wonder about situations where the interests of the Afghan government and U.S. government diverge…
– Nina Hachigian