Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

Mar 18, 2020

As the global COVID-19 pandemic engulfs the world, the grand strategy of revisionist powers will either falter or accelerate. At the dawn of the post-coronavirus world — whenever it might come — the Chinese Communist Party will push forward with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will...

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade
Mar 16, 2020

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade

Will Coronavirus Break the Financial Market’s Hubris?
Mar 12, 2020

Will Coronavirus Break the Financial Market's Hubris?

What Stock Market Awaits Gen Z in the 2020s?
Mar 12, 2020

What Stock Market Awaits Gen Z in the 2020s?

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Gulf’s Economic Prognosis Is Not Healthy

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Gulf’s Economic Prognosis Is Not Healthy

Mar 11, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact markets and national and global economies, it is worthwhile noting that Gulf economies were already slowing before the virus hit the region. A comprehensive assessment by London-based Capital Economics, released on February 25 but based on statistics up to...

Coronavirus Threatens China’s Global Trade and Investment Regime

Coronavirus Threatens China’s Global Trade and Investment Regime

Mar 09, 2020

China’s economic juggernaut has been brought to its knees by COVID-19. In the first two months of this year, Beijing reported a 17% drop in exports, including a 28% drop in exports to the US, a 4% drop in imports, and trade deficit of $7.1 billion. For the Chinese government to publish such...

Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?

Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?

Mar 06, 2020

At a dinner party in mid-February, an architect told me that he was having a problem finishing his building projects. It was the carpets. Most wall-to-wall carpeting for big construction projects in the United States, he explained, comes from China. The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan — and the...

Will a Struggling Global Economy Survive the Coronavirus?

Will a Struggling Global Economy Survive the Coronavirus?

Feb 25, 2020

On February 24, the World Health Organization declared that the world should prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic. Outbreaks in South Korea, Iran and Italy have caused alarm. Clearly, the virus has traveled widely and rapidly. Authorities have canceled concerts, carnivals and football...

To Out-Think Beijing, Washington Will Need to Adopt Visionary Planning

To Out-Think Beijing, Washington Will Need to Adopt Visionary Planning

Feb 13, 2020

Sino-US relations have been a marriage of mutual economic convenience that worked rather well for both countries for several decades. What is commonly referred to as “Chimerica” — where China produces products and purchases American treasury bonds, and the US purchases Chinese products and...

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

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

Destroying the Amazon Isn’t Worth the Profit It Generates

Dec 20, 2019

Seated in the heart of South America, Brazil is the continent’s biggest economy, instrumental in the development of its neighboring countries. Brazil’s population currently stands at 211 million; however, figures from the World Bank indicate that annual population growth is falling, with rates...

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

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

Dec 19, 2019

The US and China are the two biggest economies in the world. Over the decades, the two countries have been opponents, friends, frenemies and rivals. The US joined the European powers in the exploitation of China, opposed the spread of communism and fought Mao Zedong's young nation in Korea. This...

Trump Arrives in Europe With a New Trade War

Trump Arrives in Europe With a New Trade War

Dec 04, 2019

Profiting from his return to Europe to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NATO, US President Donald Trump used the platform to launch the opening salvos in a new skirmish in his endlessly improvised “America First” trade wars. On the same day, we learn that Brazil and Argentina are also under...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Oct 23, 2019

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...

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