Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

The NY Times: Liberal or Neoliberal?
Sep 17, 2020

The NY Times: Liberal or Neoliberal?

Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”
Sep 17, 2020

Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?
Sep 15, 2020

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Sep 04, 2020

China’s footprint in global foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased notably since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. That served to bring Chinese overseas FDI closer to a level that one would expect, based on the country’s weight in the global economy. China...

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Sep 03, 2020

Many experts argue India is the weaker power unable to take on China. In an article in Foreign Policy, James Crabtree argues that a trade war with China would be a bad idea for India. In his view, India’s “military is inefficient, underequipped, and dogged by procurement corruption...

Negotiating the End of Brexit

Negotiating the End of Brexit

Aug 25, 2020

It is increasingly likely that, unless things change, on January 1, 2021, we will have a no-deal Brexit. That would mean the only deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom would be the already ratified EU withdrawal agreement of 2019. There are only around 50 working days left in...

Can the Dollar Continue to Dominate in a Changed World?

Can the Dollar Continue to Dominate in a Changed World?

Aug 25, 2020

An article written by Henry M. Paulson Jr. should attract the attention of anyone trying to keep pace with the evolution of a battered global economy in a rapidly shifting geopolitical environment. Paulson is not some lightweight journalist. He served as the United States secretary of the...

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

Aug 21, 2020

On February 3, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid bare his long-awaited vision of a “global Britain” in a world after Brexit. Speaking amidst the imperial grandeur of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Johnson’s message was that the United Kingdom, liberated from the...

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

Aug 19, 2020

For decades, the Chinese government has sold to the world the notion that the Chinese economy can defy gravity, maintaining double-digit GDP growth rates year after year in the 1990s and 2000s, and staying above 6% for all of the previous decade, according to official government statistics. The...

Will Millennials and Zoomers Save the Future?

Will Millennials and Zoomers Save the Future?

Aug 19, 2020

“All of you young people who served in the war. You are all a lost generation.” This famous phrase is credited to Gertrude Stein by Ernest Hemingway, who popularized it in the epigraph to his 1926 novel “The Sun also Rises.” The phrase encapsulates the feelings of a generation,...

Boris Johnson Takes Britain Back to Square One

Boris Johnson Takes Britain Back to Square One

Aug 18, 2020

Not only has UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to learn from other countries’ dealings with COVID-19, he has stubbornly refused to learn from his own experience. He is the true king of fools. It would be laughable were it not for the tens of thousands of deaths he and his government are...

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Aug 12, 2020

Anthropogenic climate change and the unprecedented shift in the global center of economic gravity from West to East represent two of the most profound macrotrends set to transform the geopolitical landscape in the 21st century. Indeed, as Asia’s emerging powerhouses, notably China, with its...

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