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Don’t expect a rerun of the Asian Financial Crisis

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016

Matthew Busch, University of Melbourne Asian currencies hit a seven year low in November, on Donald Trump’s election and the potential for his policies to spur US inflation and...

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Society

The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kemal Derviş WASHINGTON, DC – Few analysts expected Britons to vote to exit the European Union or Americans to choose Donald Trump as their...

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Politics

As Austria rejects the far-right and Italy votes No, Europe’s future hangs in the balance

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

Richard Maher, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies In a dramatic day of voting that could have major implications for Europe’s economic and political future, citizens from...

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Geopolitics

Why is Saudi Arabia at War in Yemen?

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ali Al Shihabi RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has drawn a lot of criticism lately for its leading role in the war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Some...

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As Austria rejects the far-right and Italy votes No, Europe’s future hangs in the balance

As Austria rejects the far-right and Italy votes No, Europe’s future hangs in the balance

Dec 6, 2016

Richard Maher, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies In a dramatic day of voting that could have major implications for Europe’s economic and political future, citizens from Italy and Austria cast their ballots in two closely-watched initiatives. The referendum on Italy’s constitution and the presidential election in Austria were a barometer of the...

Why is Saudi Arabia at War in Yemen?

Why is Saudi Arabia at War in Yemen?

Dec 6, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ali Al Shihabi RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has drawn a lot of criticism lately for its leading role in the war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Some deride the Kingdom, the richest Arab state, for taking action against the poorest. Others have claimed that the fight against the Houthis – a Zaidi Shia-led religious-political...

Goodbye Castro: who are the good guys?

Goodbye Castro: who are the good guys?

Dec 6, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist The world holds very polarized opinions about the former Cuban dictator, and Mari Marcel Thekaekara tries to put some order. So Fidel Castro has gone too. ‘Presume you’ll be writing your blog about him,’ my husband Stan remarked. ‘I’m not sure’, I replied. ‘Although I always believe Marxism was written for the poor,...

Goodbye to the West

Goodbye to the West

Dec 5, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – Now that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, the end of what was heretofore termed the “West” has become all but certain. That term described a transatlantic world that emerged from the twentieth century’s two world wars, redefined the international order during the...

The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

Dec 5, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kemal Derviş WASHINGTON, DC – Few analysts expected Britons to vote to exit the European Union or Americans to choose Donald Trump as their next president. Yet it did not take long for a consensus explanation of these miscalculations to emerge. When it comes to such complex and consequential developments, however, we should...

Trump Needs Lessons in Geopolitics : Musharraf

Trump Needs Lessons in Geopolitics : Musharraf

Dec 5, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By David White LONDON, Dec 5 2016 (IPS) – US President-elect Donald Trump has shown he has much to learn about South Asia, Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with IPS. But he counted on Trump having an open mind. Musharraf was commenting on statements made by Trump in...

Don’t expect a rerun of the Asian Financial Crisis

Don’t expect a rerun of the Asian Financial Crisis

Dec 4, 2016

Matthew Busch, University of Melbourne Asian currencies hit a seven year low in November, on Donald Trump’s election and the potential for his policies to spur US inflation and bond yields. Investors who fanned out across emerging markets in recent years are now bringing their money back to America. The steep drops, and the seeming inability of some central...

From Paraguay, a history lesson on racial equality

From Paraguay, a history lesson on racial equality

Dec 4, 2016

Juan Manuel Casal, University of Montevideo Any notion that the United States had become “post-racial” ended when Donald Trump, who as a candidate questioned president Barack Obama’s citizenship and employed heated racial rhetoric, was elected to succeed the country’s first black president. As North American social issues often do, the debate on race and...

Civil Society On Aleppo: UN General Assembly Must Act 

Civil Society On Aleppo: UN General Assembly Must Act 

Dec 4, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 2016 (IPS) – Hundreds of civil society organisations from around the world have united to call on UN member states to step in and demand an end to unlawful attacks in Aleppo. A global coalition of 223 organisations from over 45 countries including...

REVIEW OF SOME LITERATURE ON POST-COMMUNIST – POST-SOVIET ECONOMIC “REFORMS” AND THEIR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES

REVIEW OF SOME LITERATURE ON POST-COMMUNIST – POST-SOVIET ECONOMIC “REFORMS” AND THEIR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES

Dec 3, 2016

By Alan F. Fogelquist, Ph. D. Eurasia Research Center – December 4, 1998 Here I present a quick review of some literature which reveals the complexity and inadequacy of reform efforts in the FSU. A reading of just some of the literature below will raise many questions about simplistic formulas for reform. Two works which represent the viewpoints of...

Al-Qaeda and the Question of State Sponsorship

Al-Qaeda and the Question of State Sponsorship

Dec 3, 2016

By Alan F. Fogelquist, Ph. D. International Monitor Institute Completed August 29, 2002 Note from the Author: While written a number of years back, this article provides detailed background information on events that led to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is an effort at systematic factual research and balanced analysis. Many of today’s ongoing...

Dictatorship and Civil War in Central Asia: Tajikistan

Dictatorship and Civil War in Central Asia: Tajikistan

Dec 3, 2016

By Alan F. Fogelquist Eurasia Research Center August 11, 1998 Dictatorial politics have failed to bring peace and stability to Tajikistan and may lead some day to a major upheaval in Uzbekistan. The long and bloody Tajik conflict has ended, for the time being, with a power sharing agreement between the Tajik government led by Emomali Rakhmonov and the United...

The Yugoslav Breakup and the War in Bosnia-Hercegovina

The Yugoslav Breakup and the War in Bosnia-Hercegovina

Dec 3, 2016

Special Report for Global Geopolitics Net This Article Was Written Between 1993 and Summer of 1995 Before the Dayton Peace Acords. By Alan. F. Fogelquist, Ph. D. Eurasia Research Center Copyright (c) April 1995 Alan F. Fogelquist – Eurasia Research Center, All rights reserved. The Bosnian people have been fighting a war for the survival of a democratic...

RUSSIA, BOSNIA, AND THE NEAR ABROAD

RUSSIA, BOSNIA, AND THE NEAR ABROAD

Dec 3, 2016

Eurasia Research Center, 1998 By Alan F. Fogelquist Post Doctoral Scholar History Deprtment University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Paper Presented April 19, 1995 at the International Conference on Bosnia-Hercegovina Organized by Bilkent University and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey – This paper was written before the massacre at Srebrenica...

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