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The Insanity of Austerity Sunday, October 13th, 2019

As finance ministers gather in Washington, DC, for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings, most of the world’s population is bearing the burden of government budget cuts. For many of these individuals and households, living standards have deteriorated markedly over the..

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Europe Needs a Serious Nuclear-Energy Debate Saturday, October 12th, 2019

The Lomonosov builds on a long tradition of nuclear-powered icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean. But, as I explain in my book on energy geopolitics, it also is a cutting-edge example of how small modular reactors (SMRs) can be deployed more easily, flexibly, and cost-effectively than traditional..

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The Climate Kids Are Right Friday, October 11th, 2019

Our young people have never known a world without global warming. Many have first-hand experience of the ravages of climate change – from forest fires in California to drought in the Sahel. Kids in Florida and the Seychelles know that their communities may soon disappear under rising seas. In New..

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Our Shrinking Economic Toolkits

In the natural world, humans stand out for the complexity of the tools, technologies, and institutions that we have developed. According to the anthropologist Joseph Henrich, we owe this success to our ability to accumulate, share, and adapt cultural information across generations. But just as..

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Are Traditional Multinationals Ready for Emerging Markets? Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Because of their younger, increasingly prosperous populations, emerging markets will drive an explosion in consumer spending. Real (inflation-adjusted) expenditure will grow at triple the rate in developed countries, owing to the continued expansion of Internet and mobile connectivity. Companies..

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Democracy on a Knife-Edge Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

In Mohammed Hanif’s novel Red Birds, an American bomber pilot crashes his plane in the Arabian desert and is stranded among the locals in a nearby refugee camp. He finds himself talking about thieves with a local shopkeeper. “Our government is the biggest thief,” he explains. “It steals..

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The Hooligan Spirit Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The late Alan Clark, a British politician of the Margaret Thatcher era, chiefly known for his womanizing and his hard-right views, once lamented to me the decline of the British fighting spirit that built empires and won wars. Half in jest, I suggested that this aggressive disposition was still..

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Can the US and China Make a Deal? Monday, October 7th, 2019

Now that the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China are over, it is time to direct attention back to the Sino-American trade war. That conflict may well be about to enter its endgame. Indeed, the next round of negotiations could be the last..

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IS INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MODI APPEASING CHINA ? Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be receiving the Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram near Chennai in India shortly. One can be sure that Modi will leave no stone unturned to give grand reception to the Chinese President, similar to the other reception that was hosted by Modi to..

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China’s Corrupt Meritocracy

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping launched his sweeping anti-corruption campaign in 2012, more than 1.5 million officials, including some of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) top leaders, have been disciplined. Among them is Ji Jianye, the former leader of Nanjing and Yangzhou, in Jiangsu..

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Turning 70: Xi Jinping’s People’s Republic of China Friday, October 4th, 2019

During the era of Sovietology, experts would pour over images of the gathered politburo in Red Square, gazing with grey monolithic interest upon the military hardware moving across the forum. An absent figure might suggest a potential coup; a new face, a sinister reshuffle. A wink, a smile, a..

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The Logic of Impeachment Does Not Favor Trump Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s presidency is in peril. He’s likely to be impeached (the equivalent of an indictment) by the House of Representatives, and it cannot be ruled out entirely that the Senate will vote to convict him and thus remove him from office. Impeachment alone would leave an..

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The Asianized World Has Arrived

In the nineteenth century, the world was Europeanized. In the twentieth century, it was Americanized. Now, it is being Asianized – and much faster than you may think. Asia’s rise has been swift. Home to more than half of the world’s population, the region has climbed from low- to..

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The Next Phase of China’s Reform and Opening Up Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Over the last four decades, China has integrated into global networks in trade, finance, data, and culture (encompassing social values, religion, and political beliefs). But, as the United States embraces protectionism, continued progress on global integration will require China to adjust its..

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How to Rethink Capitalism Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The United States Business Roundtable, an organization of CEOs of large US companies, recently issued a statement that caused quite a stir in some circles. Rather than focusing primarily or exclusively on maximizing shareholder value, America’s corporate titans argued, companies should attach..

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China’s 70 Years of Progress

The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1 will be an exuberant affair, involving glitzy cultural events, an extravagant state dinner attended by Chinese and foreign luminaries, and a grand military parade in Tiananmen Square. And, at a..

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China’s Hong Kong Problem

The demonstrations and the political crisis in Hong Kong are now into their fourth month. Every weekend, people take to the streets to protest against their government and the armlock in which China’s communist regime holds it. And for now, at least, there seems to be no resolution in sight. The..

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WHY NO MENTION ABOUT TIBET ISSUE IN UNGA? Sunday, September 29th, 2019

United Nations General Assembly ( UNGA) meeting was just concluded in New York ,where all member countries participated. Most of the countries were represented by Presidents or Prime Ministers or top leaders of the government. Many issues were raised by the leaders of different countries during..

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How China Can Reach its Centennial Goal Monday, October 14th, 2019

Two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist..

The Insanity of Austerity Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Significant protest by Tibetans at Chennai Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Europe Needs a Serious Nuclear-Energy Debate Saturday, October 12th, 2019

The Climate Kids Are Right Friday, October 11th, 2019