Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

Jun 24, 2019

Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a busy few years for Japan, which hosts the G20 summit on June 28-29 followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international attention sparks questions...

Is Warren Buffett the Last True Believer in Constant Progress?
Jun 12, 2019

Is Warren Buffett the Last True Believer in Constant Progress?

Debt in America: What to Do and What Not to Do
Jun 11, 2019

Debt in America: What to Do and What Not to Do

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”
Jun 07, 2019

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

May 22, 2019

There’s good and ugly economic news in Morocco and Tunisia, according to Oxfam and the IMF. Two recent reports highlight the challenges of developing an equitable and high-performing economy in North Africa. While Morocco and Tunisia have demonstrated a degree of political will in announcing...

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

May 20, 2019

Relations between Russia and neighboring Belarus are often denoted by strategic tit-for-tat. Reactions in the past weeks over disputed subsidies and tainted crude oil demonstrate that the alliance between the two post-Soviet states is unsettled. Any hint of insecurity within the Russian sphere of...

Italy Must Leave the Eurozone

Italy Must Leave the Eurozone

May 20, 2019

Italy joined the eurozone in 1999 under the leadership of Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema of the Democratic Left party. This fateful participation, which entailed the complete loss of independent monetary policy, is undoubtedly the main cause of the disappointing performance of the Italian...

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

May 13, 2019

Instead of attempting to undermine China’s Latin America plan, the United States needs to construct one of its own. On April 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kickstarted a week of travel to several Latin American countries, where he did not fail to warn of the dangers of a close...

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

May 08, 2019

India needs to introspect as to why it has fared so miserably when it comes to being happy. The UN's 2019 World Happiness Report released in March shows that India is on a declining trend when it comes to happiness. The county ranked 117 in 2015, 118 in 2016, 122 in 2017, 133 in 2018 and is now...

Buffett, Munger and Gates Share Their Wisdom

Buffett, Munger and Gates Share Their Wisdom

May 08, 2019

Can celebrity billionaires be guilty of impoverished thought? Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting has provided a media platform to see whether that’s true. Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha," whose wisdom everyone with the ambition to be one day worth $80 billion listens to attentively,...

Is the World Economy Headed for a Fall?

Is the World Economy Headed for a Fall?

Apr 20, 2019

It’s not just the latest IMF forecast causing concern. Many straws in the wind point to tougher times ahead. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has once again cut its global growth forecast for 2019. In its new semi-annual World Economic Report, the organization now projects a 3.3% growth...

Candidates Bet on Welfare Populism in India’s Election

Candidates Bet on Welfare Populism in India’s Election

Apr 04, 2019

India's opposition is attempting to thwart neoliberal Modinomics with its own version of economic populism. The world’s largest democracy is days away from its national elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid seems stronger than ever before. The attacks of main opposition...

Saudi Aramco Is the World’s Most Profitable Company

Saudi Aramco Is the World’s Most Profitable Company

Apr 02, 2019

For those who don’t understand why it’s essential to have money before you can make money, the case of Saudi Aramco demonstrates the underlying logic of the free-market system. For more than a year, Riyadh has been toying with the idea of going public with its wholly-owned petroleum company,...

The Role of Global Transformation

The Role of Global Transformation

Mar 26, 2019

The challenges of sustainable economic growth and meaningful employment are common throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, at the recent opening of a workshop on the digital economy, pointed out that "digitization is one of the primary building blocks...

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