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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 misguided geopolitics now overshadows Philippines.   In the recent quarter, the Philippine

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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.  

Trump’s Great Game: Playing Russia Against China

January 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Trump has pledged to reset the White House policies on “America First” basis. In Asia, it may mean an effort to balance with Russia against China and the reverse of US China approach in the 1970s.   After inauguration, Donald Trump

Philippines 2017 or the Year of Living Dangerously 

January 4, 2017 • Americas, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (7)

By Dan Steinbock          As President Duterte is rebalancing the Philippines’ economic and strategic policies, Washington is preparing plans for regime change. What the country needs is economic development, says Dan Steinbock – not Cold War.

Trump Tariffs Threaten To Undermine World Trade In 2017

January 2, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock As world trade and investment have plateaued, globalization has ground to a halt. The timing could not be worse for the Trump tariffs.   In the recent Central Economic Work Conference, stability became the common denominator for

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

November 24, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Columns, Americas, Asia - Pacific, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock During the weekend, the Asian-Pacific nations embraced the dream of free trade. Today, President-elect Trump buried it.   Last weekend, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit made it clear that it would move forward with trade