Divide and Rule: What Drives Anti-Asian Resentment in America?

Feb 24, 2021

Donald Trump might have left the White House. His nefarious legacy, however, lingers on. A prominent case in point is the dramatic rise in the number of attacks on Asian Americans, ranging from verbal insults and harassment to physical assault to deadly acts of violence that has gone hand in hand...

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?
Feb 11, 2021

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Tech Exodus: Is Silicon Valley in Trouble?
Feb 02, 2021

Tech Exodus: Is Silicon Valley in Trouble?

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

Jan 29, 2021

COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half...

The Nation-State vs. The Climate

The Nation-State vs. The Climate

Jan 28, 2021

For the past year, many commentators have assumed that once the COVID-19 pandemic fades away, the world’s governments will understand that another global task awaits them: addressing the consequences of climate change. COVID-19 has already upset those calculations, at least in terms of timing....

Beware! Populism Might be Bad for Your Health

Beware! Populism Might be Bad for Your Health

Jan 27, 2021

Dresden is one of Germany’s great cities, known worldwide for its meticulously rebuilt historic center, destroyed in one night at the end of World War II. Pre-Christmas shoppers have probably come across a Dresdner Christmas stollen, a bread full of nuts and candied fruit, coated in powdered...

Sovereign Wealth Funds Bet Big on India

Sovereign Wealth Funds Bet Big on India

Jan 26, 2021

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, bad news has dogged India on the economic front. By the end of the 2020-21 financial year, which begins on April 1 and ends on March 31, the country’s GDP is estimated to shrink by 7.7%, the biggest contraction since 1952. In the first quarter of the 2020-21...

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Jan 21, 2021

Americans like to rate their presidents. In fact, presidential rankings have become something of a cottage industry in political science, ever since the eminent Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr. started the tradition in the late 1940s. In Germany, we don’t do that, at least not in a...

Do Americans Really Need a Roof Over Their Heads?

Do Americans Really Need a Roof Over Their Heads?

Jan 18, 2021

In a world of ever-expanding wealth inequality, those who possess significant wealth today tend to become tomorrow’s hyperwealthy. The aristocracy of hyperwealth has always existed, but it was formerly limited to rare individuals whose family history or luck in the industrial world endowed them...

2020 Has Shown That We Are Not “Better Than This”

2020 Has Shown That We Are Not “Better Than This”

Jan 06, 2021

I hit 75 years old a little over two weeks ago. All in all, I have been lucky throughout my life to have found much to be thankful for as each birthday rolled around on the shortest day of the year. Early on, I couldn’t understand why my birthday was shorter than everyone else’s and was a...

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Two decades into the 21st century, humanity is faced with a plethora of unprecedented global crises. After SARS-1, multiple novel avian influenza strains, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the current COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most severe and widespread public health crisis in at least...

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

Dec 23, 2020

Heinrich Heine is one of Germany’s most famous poets. He is best known for his poem, “Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen” (“Germany, a Winter’s Tale”) and for the first line of his poem “Nachtgedanken” (“Night Thoughts”), which has become what Germans call a “geflügeltes...

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Dec 14, 2020

According to the GLOBSEC Trends 2020 report, across Central and Eastern Europe, 34% believe that COVID-19 is a hoax designed to manipulate populations. With hundreds of deaths around the world occurring as a result of disinformation related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has demonstrated the...

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