Indonesia’s Balancing Act Between China and Taiwan

Jul 20, 2021

On July 1, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its 100th anniversary. During his commemorative speech at Tiananmen Square, President Xi Jinping claimed that China has never oppressed the people of any other country. Xi is clearly ignoring China’s treatment of Taiwan. Since 2016,...

The Elusive Importance of Sleep
Jul 16, 2021

The Elusive Importance of Sleep

How Dubai and Abu Dhabi See the World Cup
Jul 15, 2021

How Dubai and Abu Dhabi See the World Cup

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan
Jul 13, 2021

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan

Britain Must Protect Afghanistan’s Chevening Scholars

Britain Must Protect Afghanistan’s Chevening Scholars

Jul 05, 2021

On June 1, the UK defense and home secretaries announced that the local staff who worked for the British government in Afghanistan, including many interpreters for the British military, would be eligible for expedited relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy...

To Embrace Biden’s Democracy Agenda, Start With Turkey

To Embrace Biden’s Democracy Agenda, Start With Turkey

Jun 23, 2021

European Union leaders are getting ready to discuss Turkey once again. The timing of the European Council meeting on June 24-25 is crucial, taking place just after the G7, NATO and EU-US summits. Following four years of discontent between Brussels and Washington, this has been an exercise in...

Growing LGBTI+ Hate Shows the UN’s Need to Adapt

Growing LGBTI+ Hate Shows the UN’s Need to Adapt

Jun 09, 2021

Since February, security forces have arrested at least 24 people in Cameroon for alleged same-sex conduct or gender nonconformity. In Uzbekistan, videos showing the abuse, humiliation and beatings of gay men have been circulated around social media groups. In Poland, the...

Could This Have Been a Zoom Call?

Could This Have Been a Zoom Call?

Jun 04, 2021

The silver lining amidst the trauma and tragedy of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was the 7% decrease in carbon emissions worldwide — 2.4 billion fewer tons than in 2019 — that accompanied quarantines, lockdowns and the resulting decrease in travel. With vaccination rates picking up...

Can Dyslexia Be an Asset?

Can Dyslexia Be an Asset?

Jun 04, 2021

I'm a nationally syndicated columnist, author of several books and a speaker on global business, labor and economic trends. I'm also a beneficiary, not a victim, of dyslexia, a learning disability characterized by reading, writing and decoding difficulties. Why do I say beneficiary? Read...

Stop Treating Teachers as Cheap Labor

Stop Treating Teachers as Cheap Labor

Jun 01, 2021

When it comes to teaching, there is a common saying: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” This perception of the profession in the United States makes it a rather unattractive field. This might explain why public schools have been haunted by staffing problems for decades. US...

India Is Slowly Evolving Into a Market Economy

India Is Slowly Evolving Into a Market Economy

May 26, 2021

India has come a long way since its independence from colonial rule in 1947. It started as a mixed economy where elements of both capitalism and socialism coexisted uneasily. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, was a self-declared Fabian socialist who admired the Soviet Union. His...

What Is the “Great Reset”?

What Is the “Great Reset”?

May 21, 2021

Who wouldn’t reveal what is kept out of sight by those who do not have our best interests at heart? Although it is not only the far right that claims to be in the know about sinister plots, they certainly provide a steady stream of such revelations. Amongst recent ones, the “great...

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

May 20, 2021

Projections, no matter how well-grounded in analytics, are a messy business. Three years ago, COVID-19 was unheard of and then-US President Donald Trump’s politics caused uncertainty in international relations, with democracy in retreat across the world. Despite the best-informed...

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

May 14, 2021

On April 28, 2011, an economic integration initiative involving Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru was announced following a forum held in Lima to discuss deeper regional integration. The Declaration of Lima saw the four countries commit themselves to deepening ties, with particular emphasis on...

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