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Death or Glory in Russia

Russia’s reversion to warlordism is fuelled by a religious fundamentalism.

How not to fight inflation

Anyone with any faith in the market economy knew that the supply issues would be resolved eventually; but no one could possibly know when.

The Next Globalisation

Developments in three areas – telework, renewables, and AI – will bind countries together in new networks of interdependence.

All Pain and No Gain from Higher Interest Rates

In the name of taming inflation, central banks have set themselves on a path to cause a recession.

America's Silent Progressive Majority

It is not left-wing extremism to note that the American economy has not been serving most Americans

China after zero-Covid

The post-Covid era has arrived in China. What now?

February 2, 2023
February 2, 2023

Death or Glory in Russia

Russia’s reversion to warlordism is fuelled by a religious fundamentalism.

January 29, 2023
January 29, 2023

How not to fight inflation

Anyone with any faith in the market economy knew that the supply issues would be resolved eventually; but no one could possibly know when.

January 27, 2023
January 27, 2023

The Next Globalisation

Developments in three areas – telework, renewables, and AI – will bind countries together in new networks of interdependence.

January 17, 2023
January 17, 2023

No Impunity for Insurrectionists

The uncanny similarity between Brazil’s failed insurrection and the attack on the US Capitol highlights the many parallels between Bolsonaro and Trump.

January 12, 2023
January 12, 2023

America's missing ambassador to India

Given India’s strategic importance, why has the White House left the ambassador position vacant for two years?

January 11, 2023
January 11, 2023

Russian Muppets or American Puppets?

Where academics and strategists have failed, perhaps the denizens of Sesame Street might succeed

January 9, 2023
January 9, 2023

What Price McCarthy?

The extremists have won in the race for the US Speaker of the House

January 5, 2023
January 5, 2023

Can China Save Its Economic Miracle?

To improve medium-term growth, China must heed the lessons of its own history and focus on removing barriers to market entry and entrepreneurship. An economy’s growth rate comes from a combination of an increase in the average size of existing firms (intensive-margin growth) and an increase in the number of firms (extensive-margin growth). A study of the Chinese manufacturing sector that I co-authored with Xiaobo Zhang suggests that during the last few decades, extensive-margin growth accounted for about 70 percent of overall GDP expansion.

January 2, 2023
January 2, 2023

Eating the Last Cannibal

For political figures like Trump and Putin, courage is redefined as a willingness to break the state’s laws if the state’s own interests – or their own – demand it. The implication is that civilisation endures only if there are brave patriots who will do the dirty work. This is a decidedly right-wing form of “heroism.” It is easy to act nobly on behalf of one’s country – short of sacrificing one’s life for it – but only the strong of heart can bring themselves to commit crimes for it.

December 25, 2022
December 25, 2022

Bethlehem: When Will the Peace of Christmas Come Home?

The fact that a Palestinian Christian like me, or a Christian living in a nearby Arab country, cannot simply come to Bethlehem for Christmas should be unacceptable to everyone