Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Aug 22, 2019

Malawi is one of the most impoverished nations on the planet. It is experiencing what officials describe as a “population explosion” in a society with inadequate resources. As of 2018, Malawi is the third poorest country in the world with a GDP per capita of only $342, according to the...

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?
Aug 22, 2019

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?

The NRA Has Helped Trump to Believe
Aug 22, 2019

The NRA Has Helped Trump to Believe

The Mooch Is Throwing Punches at Trump
Aug 21, 2019

The Mooch Is Throwing Punches at Trump

Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

Aug 20, 2019

Mexico’s economy has for at least a century functioned according to the mordida system, often described simply as “the way of getting things done.” The word “mordida” literally means “bite,” but as part of a functioning system, it simply means “bribe.” In some ways, it’s closer...

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Aug 19, 2019

In a regional environment where the slightest miscalculated move on one side can trigger an equally miscalculated reaction from the other, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions on August 5 over Jammu and Kashmir are simply bizarre. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had...

Modi’s Kashmir Decision Is a Gamechanger

Modi's Kashmir Decision Is a Gamechanger

Aug 19, 2019

India has taken a decision on Jammu and Kashmir, putting the hotspot region back in the news. The recently re-elected Modi government scrapped the temporary special provisions for the Indian state and reorganized it as a Delhi-administrated territory. The move is a fundamental paradigm shift in...

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...

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

Aug 16, 2019

In the first Democratic primary debate, the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. Of the 10 presidential candidates on stage, all raised their hands — except New Jersey Senator...

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...

A Corrupt Enterprise Won the Day

A Corrupt Enterprise Won the Day

Aug 14, 2019

When a government fails to meaningfully respond to the carnage in its streets, every citizen should question the competence and corruption of those charged with the governmental responsibility to act, as well as the legitimacy of the government itself. So it is, in the wake of the latest gun...

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...

Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

Aug 13, 2019

In May, Narendra Modi was re-elected as the prime minister of India in a landslide victory. India’s foreign policy became a salient issue during these elections due to the regional tensions with Pakistan. Beyond its immediate regional priorities, the Modi government has explicitly articulated a...

Invasion Has Invaded Political Discourse

Invasion Has Invaded Political Discourse

Aug 09, 2019

In the runup to the 2018 midterm elections, US President Donald Trump insisted that what was happening at the border should be thought of as an invasion. Hesitating between employing a metaphor or a simile, Trump said, “Some people call it an ‘invasion.’ It’s like an invasion. They have...

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