Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Jul 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that the value of several of its funds, containing what were supposedly the safest possible US mortgage bonds, had evaporated. From that fateful day, the...

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Jul 16, 2017

By Roy Lee “I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.” — Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Sith and Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on...

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Jul 16, 2017

Irfan Ahmad, Max Planck Institute This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. This is the second in a series, After Populism, about the challenges populism...

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Sinan Ülgen ISTANBUL – In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has been working to centralize political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic. This month’s massive rally in Istanbul was a rare exception. On July 9, after walking for 25 days from the capital, Ankara,...

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Enrique Ter Horst CARACAS – Venezuela’s democratic institutions are in ruins, its coffers are empty, and its citizens are searching for food in garbage dumps. Its people are dying from starvation, from preventable and curable diseases (at much higher rates than the Latin American average), and from violence – including, in...

Britain’s Norway Solution

Britain’s Norway Solution

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky Shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an unexpected “Brexit election,” I wrote that pro-Europeans in Britain might yet snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. But the timescale I had in mind was five years, not five weeks. How long May will survive as prime minister is impossible to...

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

May 1, 2017

Excerpt of Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joseph Stiglitz NEW YORK – The likely victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election has elicited a global sigh of relief. At least Europe is not going down the protectionist path that President Donald Trump is forcing the United States to take. But advocates of globalization should keep the...

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,...

Politicians Hijack Macedonia

Politicians Hijack Macedonia

Apr 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Frank Mulder SKOPJE, Apr 18 2017 (IPS) – The political crisis in Macedonia is deepening. With the president and former coalition preventing the formation of a new government, the state threatens to disintegrate in a climate of corruption and nationalism. The television is turned up loud in a...

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Mar 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate US President Donald Trump is finally getting down to the hard work of trying to please his blue-collar supporters and his administration’s resident plutocrats. The results so far are as incoherent as the electoral coalition that brought him to power. By Project Syndicate Donald Trump’s economic-policy agenda during the 2016 US...

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