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China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney NEW DELHI – If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their...

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Society

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Amid persistent strong uncertainty about the global employment scenario,...

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Politics

Xi Jinping’s Year of Living Dangerously

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minxin Pei CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – It might seem ludicrous to suggest that Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader...

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Geopolitics

The Importance of the UN as a Moral Compass

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jayantha Dhanapala* COLOMBO (IDN) – Throughout my life I have had an abiding faith in the United...

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Xi Jinping’s Year of Living Dangerously

Xi Jinping’s Year of Living Dangerously

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minxin Pei CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – It might seem ludicrous to suggest that Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader since Mao, will be in danger in 2017. But looks can be deceiving, and his consolidation of power may not be as unassailable as it seems. The test will come this year, when the Chinese...

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney NEW DELHI – If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their country’s geostrategic interests. Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often...

A New Deal to Save Europe

A New Deal to Save Europe

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis, LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit...

The Importance of the UN as a Moral Compass

The Importance of the UN as a Moral Compass

Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jayantha Dhanapala* COLOMBO (IDN) – Throughout my life I have had an abiding faith in the United Nations Organization which, three years hence, will celebrate its 75th anniversary. The foundation document of that unique world body – the Charter – is not only the bedrock of...

Please, Do Not Get Offended, But:

Please, Do Not Get Offended, But:

Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Roberto Savio ROME, Jan 22 2017 (IPS) – With the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, the new leadership of the most powerful nation has signaled it is breaking away from the rest of the world. Here, a few thoughts… a) Those who voted Trump are generally totally unaware of what happens...

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Something is Rotten in the State of Social Equality

Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Phil Harris ROME (IDN) – Amid persistent strong uncertainty about the global employment scenario, working poverty – particularly in emerging countries – is expected to increase as unemployment rises and the gender gap in the labour force increases. So much for the optimism expressed...

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

Jan 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON, DC (IDN) – With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the new President on January 20, the United States moves into an age of nuclear uncertainty – and perhaps ignorance. The frightening prospects took a bizarre turn when a day earlier Trump’s nominee for Energy...

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

Jan 21, 2017

Toby Carroll, City University of Hong Kong and Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente, Leiden University The last fortnight has yielded three spectacles reflecting the demise of the left, the rise of a new reactionary right and a novel political era more generally. Outgoing US President Barack Obama’s “Yes we did” speech was a fitting liberal – in the anaemic and disconnected...

Adrift in Trump’s New Century

Adrift in Trump’s New Century

Jan 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ana Palacio WASHINGTON, DC – The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the period between Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 and the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 the “short twentieth century.” For Hobsbawm, the end of the Cold War marked a new and distinct era in world affairs. Now, with more...

Trump, Corporatism, and the Dearth of Innovation

Trump, Corporatism, and the Dearth of Innovation

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Edmund S. Phelps Disaffected voters are behind both changes. For decades, Americans believed that they were riding a magic carpet of economic growth, owing to advances in science and, later, to the rise of Silicon Valley. In fact, growth in total factor productivity has been slow since the early 1970s. The 1996-2004 Internet...

From Economic Analysis to Inclusive Growth

From Economic Analysis to Inclusive Growth

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kemal Derviş and Karim Foda WASHINGTON, DC – Most economies are seeking a recipe for inclusive economic growth, whereby high rates of investment, rapid innovation, and strong GDP gains are pursued alongside measures to reduce income inequality. Conservatives insist that growth requires low taxes and incentives such as...

The wrongs of counter-violence

The wrongs of counter-violence

Jan 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy In the event of a major ISIS-inspired action in Britain, what principles do far-sighted – and brave – politicians need to observe? By PAUL ROGERS 20 January 2017 Another 7/7-type attack in the United Kingdom is likely. In the aftermath, it will be essential to respond carefully with responses that seek to explain the...

Donald Trump and the return of class: an interview with Francis Fukuyama

Donald Trump and the return of class: an interview with Francis Fukuyama

Jan 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy FRANCIS FUKUYAMA and NATALIA KOULINKA 20 January 2017 “What is happening in the politics of the US particularly, but also in other countries, is that identity in a form of nationality or ethnicity or race has become a proxy for class.” In 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s essay “The End of History?”...

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. Anis Chowdhury, a former professor of economics at the...

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

The Middle East’s Next Moment of Reckoning

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Larry Diamand and Hesham Sallam STANFORD – When the “Arab Spring” erupted in December 2010, advocates for change in the Arab world had reason to be hopeful. But, as we continued to see in 2016, authoritarianism has returned, most notably in Egypt, which is now ruled by a repressive military-backed dictatorship. Meanwhile,...

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