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Return of Sovereign France

March 21, 2017 • World Politics, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Dan Steinbock, EuropeComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In France, President Hollande’s utter failure to foster broad consensus for structural reforms has paved the way for a contested election. While public debate focuses on Emmanuel Macron as the saviour of France, the real story is that Marine Le Pen’s agenda has shifted the French political landscape.   Before TV debates,

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The Trump-Ryan Healthcare Act: Some Economic Consequences

March 16, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Healthcare Reform, AmericasComments (0)

By Jack Rasmus While Republicans on the Right and the Far Right wrangle over whether to repeal the Obamacare Affordable Care Act (ACA), or just revise it, the Ryan proposal does both. How can that be? Revise and yet repeal? The repeal is every dollar and cent

Le Pen-ization of France Europe’s Changing Landscape

March 9, 2017 • World Politics, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Dan Steinbock, EuropeComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock               In France, President Hollande’s utter failure to foster broad consensus for structural reforms has paved the way for the most contested election in decades. While public debate focuses on the 2nd round winner, the

Trump – The Enigma

March 9, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By Peter Koenig In this article, Peter Koenig discusses a few of the bountiful contradictions and controversies of the new Trump Administration. The Donald, less than 50 days in office, deserves the benefit of the doubt, as anybody would who dares oppose and

United You Don’t Stand

February 20, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

From the Editors The latest news about Israel is again about some on-going land grab. This is not new news. This has been going on for over 70 years. And in and of itself historically Israel is not unique in conducting this type of land grab for those it

Cracking the Arab World’s Development Puzzle: Oil or Politics?

February 16, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Ibrahim Elbadawi and Hoda Selim Is the Arab World cursed by its own institutions rather than by oil wealth? These institutions, which have predated oil discoveries, have shaped economic incentives that affect how oil revenue is collected and used, and in

Where Next for Syria?

February 16, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By James Denselow The conflict in Syria has been going on for almost six years and despite events in Aleppo would appear to have the potential to go on for even longer. This piece examines the state of play in the country and examines the current trends

Understanding India as a Rising Power: An Open Economy and Interdependence* Framework

February 15, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, IndiaComments (0)

By Aseema Sinha India’s global priorities have changed and it seeks power and status and acts more actively at regional and global levels. This article offers an open economy and inter-dependence framework that pays equal attention to the changing nature of

Stronger Ethics for Better Leadership Using Confucianism and Systems Theory

February 14, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Dr. Sunnie Giles The lack of high ethical standards in Korea as noted in its current presidential corruption scandal destabilises its political system, produces suboptimal organisational performance, and results in high economic and human costs. Part of

TRUMPIN’ AND THUMPIN’ BACK TO THE 1930s

February 10, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Dan Steinbock, On US Election 2016, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock With the Trump White House, America and a global economy will enter a highly divisive period – as evidenced by the debate about his economic, trade and infrastructure plans.   As long as Republicans sustain some unity in and between the