Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, a former human-rights lawyer representing the center-left Democratic Party, has his work cut out for him. Though North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior will likely continue to dominate headlines, the success of Moon’s presidency will hinge largely upon...

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Prior to the second round of the French Presidential election, DiEM25 (the pan-European movement of democrats, mostly of the left, that I helped to found) promised Emmanuel Macron that we would “mobilize fully to help” him defeat Marine Le Pen. This we did – incurring the wrath of many on the left –...

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

May 5, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – There is a certain irony in recent news that Venezuela donated a half-million dollars to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration through Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company. Venezuela, of course, is a serial defaulter, having done so more times than almost any other country...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis LONDON – In 2002, Jacques Chirac, the French right’s leader, faced Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the racist National Front, in the second round of France’s presidential election. The French left rallied behind the Gaullist, conservative Chirac to oppose the xenophobic heir of Vichy collaborationism....

Rouhani warns voters to prevent ‘extremism’ returning to Iran

Rouhani warns voters to prevent ‘extremism’ returning to Iran

Apr 30, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May’s election. Rouhani was the surprise winner of the last presidential vote, in 2013, after eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose re-election for a second...

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Apr 30, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Spence MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s Marine Le Pen, who won 21.3%. Barring a political accident of the type that befell the former frontrunner,...

What I heard from 100 Trump supporters

What I heard from 100 Trump supporters

Mar 8, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy “You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking us, refusing to listen to us. It’s Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down.” By Sam Altman After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and...

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Mar 3, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow”...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

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