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The Trump White House Under Siege

June 22, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Americas, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                           Washington is planning to extend sanctions against Russia, once again. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is getting ready to cope with a special counsel’s investigation which seems to focus as much on Trump as Russia.   Last Wednesday, Secretary of State

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Regime Change in the Trump White House?

June 2, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Dan Steinbock, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                         No US postwar president has managed to reset relations with Russia. Now the Trump administration must cope with a special counsel’s investigation. In the past, US

Who are the World’s Biggest Military Spenders, Really?

May 10, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Dan SteinbockComments (1)

By Dan Steinbock                             The conventional narrative is that the world is threatened by the assertive China and Russia. The inconvenient narrative is that China is modernising, while US priorities are misguided,

Buying American, Losing America

May 4, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Recently, President Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. Ironically, while the stated goal is to put “America First”, the White House may actually subsidise old industries and undermine innovation.  

The Philippine Peso Squeeze      

April 19, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In the first quarter, the Philippine peso depreciated against the US dollar. Internationally, this was attributed to President Duterte’s policies. In reality, it has a lot to do with the expected US rate hikes. But there is a reason why

The Trump-Xi Summit Paves the Way to New Realism in US-Chinese Trade

April 12, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, International Relations, Americas, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                  Despite preliminary pessimism, the Trump-Xi Summit showed greater trade pragmatism than initially expected, even though it was overshadowed by a raw display of US military power.   President Donald

Return of Sovereign France

April 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 a contested election. While public debate focuses on Emmanuel Macron as the saviour of France, the real story is that

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

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

The Philippines “BRIC” Plan: From Regime Change Ploys to Accelerated Economic Development

January 30, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock While the Obama White House prepared plans for regime change in the Philippines, President Trump is working on an assertive strategy in Asia. Meanwhile, President Duterte is accelerating the country’s economic growth – dramatically.