Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Who’s Behind US Downward-Mobility?

Feb 25, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews President Trump blames Mexicans, Chinese and other foreigners for the plight of downwardly mobile Americans but the real culprits are his corporatist pals who grab the lion’s share of the wealth from U.S. global dominance, says JP Sottile. By JP Sottile Donald Trump kicked-off his presidency with the bold accusation that...

The WTO Reborn?

The WTO Reborn?

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Arvind Subramanian NEW DELHI – For too long, the World Trade Organization has languished, to lift a reference from T.S. Eliot, by the “waters of Leman” (Lake Geneva). Once the world’s preeminent multilateral trade forum, the WTO has been steadily marginalized in recent years, and recent rebukes of globalization, such as the...

 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...

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, a think-thank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, political, religious and civilizational dialogue, and through training of the upcoming...

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Feb 20, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has provoked, exasperated, and unsettled world leaders from Mexico to Australia and the European Union headquarters in Brussels. But there is one constituency that continues to enthusiastically support the president: Europe’s far right, who believe they have found common...

Washington Rules Change, Again

Washington Rules Change, Again

Feb 16, 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. KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four...

China Needs a New Grand Strategy

China Needs a New Grand Strategy

Feb 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minxin Pei CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – The Cold War ended in December 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The post-Cold War era ended in November 2016, when Donald Trump won the United States presidency. It is impossible to predict all of what the Trump era will bring, not least because of Trump’s own capriciousness. But...

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Global Citizens, National Shirkers

Feb 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship. “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world,” she said, “you’re a citizen of nowhere.” Her statement was met with derision and alarm in the financial media and among liberal...

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Leonard LONDON – The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president exposed a deep generational divide. Cosmopolitan millennials and nationalist pensioners – what Thomas Friedman calls “Web People” and “Wall People” – seem to have nothing in common. But both point to the...

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Trump’s immigration order is bad foreign policy

Jan 30, 2017

David FitzGerald, University of California, San Diego and David Cook Martín, Grinnell College President Donald Trump banned the entry of people from seven majority Muslim countries last week. Leaders as far apart ideologically as former Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. Bernie Sanders warned the ban could become a recruitment tool for terrorists. In addition,...

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