Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Apr 13, 2021

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel finds himself in a confusing moral quandary as he struggles to weigh the merits of his nerdish belief in cryptocurrency against his patriotic paranoia focused on China’s economic rivalry with the United States. Participating in “a virtual event held for...

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains
Apr 09, 2021

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging
Apr 01, 2021

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging

Lebanon Hits a New Milestone
Mar 05, 2021

Lebanon Hits a New Milestone

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

Mar 02, 2021

A look back at history shows that desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures. After all, it was not until Saudi officials watched in horror as oil prices plummeted by 70% that, in 2016, Vision 2030 was born. While other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members presented their own...

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

Feb 19, 2021

A political crisis was the last thing Italy needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet a personal conflict between the leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, and the previous prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, led to the collapse of the coalition in mid-January. President Sergio Mattarella then...

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

On January 25, addressing a virtual World Economic Forum, China’s President Xi Jinping not only strongly advocated for a multilateral approach to the COVID-19 pandemic but insisted on the virtues and systemic benefits of free trade and globalization. Jeopardizing those elements may introduce...

Tunisia: The Pending Goals of the Revolution

Tunisia: The Pending Goals of the Revolution

Feb 04, 2021

A decade after the Arab Spring, Tunisians have made significant progress in the field of democratization with respect to the constitution and the guarantee of public and private freedoms. However, economic performance remains modest, and many of the demands of the Tunisian Revolution are still...

The Losers of the GameStop Saga

The Losers of the GameStop Saga

Feb 04, 2021

Slate’s Aaron Mak took the trouble to interview a group of people otherwise neglected by the media who happen to be the most directly concerned by the future of GameStop. As the pundits across the media landscape focused on the raging battle between a horde of Redditors and Melvin Capital,...

The Brexit Deal Presents Opportunities for a New Partnership

The Brexit Deal Presents Opportunities for a New Partnership

Feb 03, 2021

It was agreed almost at the last minute: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the European Union and the United Kingdom, signed on December 30, 2020, prevented a no-deal Brexit just one day before the end of the transition period. Four and a half years after the referendum, relations...

GameStop: Putting Skin Back in the Game

GameStop: Putting Skin Back in the Game

Feb 02, 2021

Unless you live completely off the grid, you have most likely heard something about the GameStop boom last week. For those unaware, a hedge fund, Melvin Capital, held very large short positions against GameStop, a brick-and-mortar gaming store whose stock has been falling steadily over the...

Is Wall Street a Wave or a Particle?

Is Wall Street a Wave or a Particle?

Feb 01, 2021

There have been enough commentaries in the past week on the great GameStop affair to fill several editions of Encylopaedia Britannica and possibly Wikipedia as well. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary particularly appreciates an article penned by Alex Hern, the UK technology editor for The Guardian,...

Will American Democracy Perish Like Rome’s?

Will American Democracy Perish Like Rome's?

Jan 28, 2021

A recent The Economist cover pictured the 46th US President Joe Biden in front of the White House with a cleaning mop. The lead, “Morning after in America,” projects that “The outlook for America looks grim, but that could quickly change.” The venerable publication proclaimed from its...

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...

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