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Trump’s Backward March on Trade Monday, January 20th, 2020

Following America’s disastrous 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, the subsequent international trade war, and eventually World War II, the United States went on to lead the world toward a more open multilateral trading system. In 1947, the international community adopted the General Agreement on..

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Walking the Talk of Stakeholder Capitalism

The role of corporate boards has never been more important, nor subject to as much scrutiny, as it is today. The technological, environmental, geopolitical, and socioeconomic transformations of the past two decades are driving a re-examination of the prevailing corporate-governance model, just as..

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Putin’s Meaningless Coup Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Vladimir Putin may be setting himself up to remain Russia’s leader well beyond the end of his presidency, to no one’s surprise. In his annual state-of-the-nation speech earlier this week, he laid out a roadmap for overhauling Russia’s political institutions, implying a major constitutional..

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What Could Spoil 2020? Friday, January 17th, 2020

The traditional January game of economic forecasting for the year ahead hardly seems worth playing when the predictions have been the same for a decade. In 2020, it is even more likely than it has been every year since the financial crisis that the global economy will continue growing, interest..

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Is Trump’s Iran Strategy Working? Thursday, January 16th, 2020

US President Donald Trump’s authorization of the targeted killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani is, in many ways, similar to his administration’s approach to trade. In both cases, the administration has demonstrated a willingness to surprise by unilaterally leveraging US..

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Is America Going Fascist? Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

White nationalism is on the rise in the United States. According to the Anti-Defamation League, there were 6,768 incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism (mostly from the right) in the US in 2018 and 2019. That figure is significantly higher than in previous years, leading many to conclude that..

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Financial Markets’ Iran Delusion Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Following the United States’ assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani and Iran’s initial retaliation against two Iraqi bases housing US troops, financial markets moved into risk-off mode: oil prices spiked by 10%, US and global equities dropped by a few percentage points,..

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Trump’s Near Miss with Iran Monday, January 13th, 2020

The recent tense, dangerous exchanges between the United States and Iran have revealed a great deal about US President Donald Trump’s management of his foreign policy. The main conclusion is that he doesn’t have one. Weighty decisions are made on the basis of gut reactions and..

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IS PRESIDENT TRUMP TARGETING IRAN AND CHINA JUSTIFIED ? Saturday, January 11th, 2020

While US President Trump has taken several measures in the last few years such as prevention of illegal migrants entering US, special security measures to check Muslims entering US from Islamic countries, construction of Mexican wall , insistence for jobs for Americans to ensure persons from other..

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The Changing Face of Economics Friday, January 10th, 2020

Responding to pressures from within and without, the economics profession is gradually changing for the better. Not surprisingly, the populist backlash sweeping advanced democracies in recent years has produced some soul searching in the discipline. After all, the austerity, free-trade deals,..

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America’s Sacred Politics Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland was the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Although one of the Founding Fathers, as a Catholic Carroll was not allowed to hold public office. This changed only in 1788, when the Constitution prevented Congress from..

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America’s Dangerous Iran Obsession Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

US President Donald Trump’s order to assassinate Iran’s General Qassem Suleimani while on an official mission to Iraq was widely hailed in Trump’s jingoistic Republican Party. Government-sanctioned murders of foreign officials, clerics, and journalists are commonplace nowadays. Yet there is..

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What Happened to India? Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

It’s a question I hear increasingly these days. International news media report on repression in Kashmir, mounting Hindu chauvinism, widespread protests against new laws, assaults on women, and more. The India the world once celebrated – the world’s fastest-growing free-market liberal..

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Was Killing Suleimani Justified?

On January 3, the United States assassinated Qassem Suleimani, a top Iranian military commander, while he was leaving Baghdad International Airport in a car with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia. All the occupants of the car were killed. The..

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Disruptive Assassinations: Killing Qassem Soleimani Sunday, January 5th, 2020

On the surface, it made not one iota of sense. The murder of a foreign military leader on his way from Baghdad airport, his diplomatic status assured by the local authorities, evidently deemed a target of irresistible richness. “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American..

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The Other Side of Growth Saturday, January 4th, 2020

One of the most worrying news stories of 2019 did not receive the coverage one might expect from media outlets in the United States or Europe. But the economic slowdown in China, and the potentially steep deceleration in growth in India, will most likely receive considerably more attention in..

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Who Pays for the Green Deal? Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Under President Ursula von der Leyen, the new European Commission has big plans to address climate change. With a €1 trillion ($1.1 trillion) investment package, it..

Trump’s Backward March on Trade Monday, January 20th, 2020

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Putin’s Meaningless Coup Saturday, January 18th, 2020