No, the RCEP Is Not All About China

Jan 25, 2021

Following the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on November 15, 2020, media reporting around the world has entered into fanfare mode. Western and Chinese media in particular are reporting on the free trade deal through the narrow lens of US-China competition,...

The Science of Rebuilding Trust
Jan 22, 2021

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

When Will Boris Johnson Be Committed?
Jan 22, 2021

When Will Boris Johnson Be Committed?

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?
Jan 22, 2021

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Jan 21, 2021

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden endlessly insisted on the idea of “unity.” He repeated the word nine times. In the various media’s account of the event, commentators endlessly repeated a different word, one that Biden himself cited when he said: “This is our historic moment...

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

Jan 21, 2021

In 2020, 24.3 million people, or 80% of the population in Yemen, were at risk of hunger and disease, with 14.4 million in acute need of assistance. A political solution is necessary to end the war and achieve lasting peace. This may take time. The international community must provide the...

Donald Trump Proves That It’s the System, Stupid

Donald Trump Proves That It’s the System, Stupid

Jan 20, 2021

“It’s the economy, stupid,” a catchphrase coined in the 1990s by American political strategist James Carville, made George H. W. Bush — who won the First Gulf War for Americans — a one-term president, catapulting Bill Clinton into the White House. As Donald Trump’s one-term presidency...

Mike Pompeo’s Dismal Legacy

Mike Pompeo’s Dismal Legacy

Jan 20, 2021

As the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden takes place, pundits have begun offering political obituaries of prominent personalities associated with the outgoing administration. Mike Pompeo, for example. At 57, his career may not be over, but there is a sense in which, were it to be revived...

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Jan 19, 2021

Every publication has a worldview. Each cultivates a style of thought, ideology or philosophy designed to comfort the expectations of its readers and to confirm a shared way of perceiving the world around them. Even Fair Observer has a worldview, in which, thanks to the diversity of its...

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Jan 19, 2021

When I was growing up in Germany in the 1960s, during the holiday seasons, both Christmas and Easter, one of the highlights on television was the reruns of “Don Camillo and Peppone.” These are movies that involve the adventures of a Catholic priest and a communist mayor, taking place in a...

Do Americans Really Need a Roof Over Their Heads?

Do Americans Really Need a Roof Over Their Heads?

Jan 18, 2021

In a world of ever-expanding wealth inequality, those who possess significant wealth today tend to become tomorrow’s hyperwealthy. The aristocracy of hyperwealth has always existed, but it was formerly limited to rare individuals whose family history or luck in the industrial world endowed them...

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Jan 18, 2021

Turkey deepened its cooperation with Qatar during the blockade imposed by the Arab quartet in 2017, when the tiny emirate was most vulnerable and highly reliant on outside assistance for food supplies and security against perceived threats from its neighbors as well as the threat of an internal...

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Jan 18, 2021

With a new US administration about to be inaugurated, it is prudent to look at the dynamics and variables shaping the future of one of the world’s most important relationships, that between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump came into office looking to take a more aggressive approach...

What If Humans Really Could Fly?

What If Humans Really Could Fly?

Jan 15, 2021

Since hindsight is always 20/20, and now we thankfully have 2020 in hindsight, it’s time to celebrate. In particular, to celebrate a commercially irrelevant but wondrous technology that might allow humans to fly through the air under our own power, like birds. This is the stuff of dreams. One...

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