Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

Jan 20, 2020

Pelé, Di Stefano, Maradona, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi: Brazil and Argentina have produced some of the best football players in history — and currently. All the elite Europeans teams have Brazilians and Argentinians in their cast. The national teams are also the biggest rivals in the world’s most...

Destroying the Amazon Isn’t Worth the Profit It Generates
Dec 20, 2019

Destroying the Amazon Isn’t Worth the Profit It Generates

David Petraeus: It Doesn’t Pay to Bet Against Modern China
Dec 19, 2019

David Petraeus: It Doesn’t Pay to Bet Against Modern China

Trump Arrives in Europe With a New Trade War
Dec 04, 2019

Trump Arrives in Europe With a New Trade War

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

Is the EU Alone Enough to Save the Iran Deal?

Sep 19, 2019

Recently, the proclaimed “death” of the Iran nuclear deal has been presented as the reason behind the rapidly escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz and the basis for pessimistic speculations regarding an imminent war between Iran and the United States. Interestingly enough, hard-line...

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Sep 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?

Aug 18, 2019

Dark times loom for the US economy in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s latest threat on August 1 to levy 10% tariffs on some $300 billion of imports from China. In response, China allowed the yuan to weaken against the dollar and thereby cushion the impact for Chinese exporters. In...

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Aug 16, 2019

A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: Eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax and enjoy your meal.  The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near...

The World Without American Leadership

The World Without American Leadership

Aug 14, 2019

People around the world, including Americans, have argued that the world can get along without US leadership. Today, they may want to scan the global landscape. While acute crises and violent conflict may not seem imminent at the moment, the view isn’t a hopeful one. For Americans, naively...