Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Making Crises Great Again

Making Crises Great Again

Feb 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel CAMBRIDGE – Debates about financial regulation tend to focus on quantity, not quality. But “more versus less” isn’t so much the issue; the details are. And when it comes to financial reform in the United States, President Donald Trump is unlikely to get the details right. Earlier this month, Trump issued an...

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Feb 10, 2017

by Jesse Eisinger ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m. If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. In recent weeks, Deutsche Bank has scrambled to reach agreements with American...

Ecuador Revives Campaign for UN Tax Body

Ecuador Revives Campaign for UN Tax Body

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 2017 (IPS) – The Republic of Ecuador, currently chair of the largest single coalition of developing countries at the United Nations, is reviving a longstanding campaign for the creation of an inter-governmental UN tax body and the elimination of tax havens...

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...

Taming the Chaebols

Taming the Chaebols

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – The indictment of Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent at Samsung, is but the latest explosive development in the political scandal that has been rocking South Korea. Already, the National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, the daughter of former president Park Chung-hee, on December 9. The...

Chinese President Xi Claims Global Leadership – Discreetly

Chinese President Xi Claims Global Leadership – Discreetly

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Excerpts From Speech at World Economic Forum Following are detailed excerpts from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic 45-minute speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 18, 2017 in which he calls for a world free of all nuclear weapons, and a global...

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Bernard Haykel PRINCETON – In 2017, Saudi Arabia will continue to pursue the two key goals that King Salman set when he acceded to the throne in January 2015: to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil revenues and government spending; and to position the Kingdom as a regional hegemon that can meet any threat, especially from...

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

Dec 30, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adair Turner LONDON – The year 2016 ends with slightly higher forecasts for global growth and inflation. In part, that reflects expectations of a big new fiscal stimulus in the United States under President Donald Trump. But equally important is the strength of the Chinese economy, with buoyant industrial production fueling...

Between Tackling Fragility and Financing Development

Between Tackling Fragility and Financing Development

Dec 17, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Robert Kibet NAIROBI (IDN) – Providing financial resources to the more developed among the developing countries is a very difficult bias to overcome, according to Angel GurrIa, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Gurria was speaking to IDN...

Tax avoidance: the damage done

Tax avoidance: the damage done

Dec 9, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist Tax avoidance has some of its most pernicious effects in the Global South. Stephanie Boyd reports from Peru. A worker from Peru’s state-run oil company tries to hammer a piece of wood into a gaping hole in the country’s northern pipeline. He fails. Repeatedly. The oil continues to gush with alarming speed and force....

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