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News You Really Need To See: “Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes”

“Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes” The New York Times, April 25, 2016 “Disenchantment with the political mainstream is no surprise.  But research to be unveiled this week by four leading academic economists suggests that the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “China and Africa: A Despot’s Guide to Foreign Aid”

“China and Africa: A Despot’s Guide to Foreign Aid” The Economist, April 16-22, 2016 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21697001-want-more-cash-vote-china-united-nations-despots-guide-foreign “Pity the UN ambassador of a small African country each time a vote is called in the General Assembly. Many of the resolutions will be … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Yuan Move Rattles Africa”

“Yuan Move Rattles Africa” The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2015, p.A6 http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-currency-move-rattles-african-economies-1439803981 “The shock waves from China’s surprise yuan devaluation are ricocheting through African economies, sending currencies tumbling and stoking anxiety that the continent’s biggest trading partner might be … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Is China the New Idol for Emerging Economies?”

Aug. 13, 2015 by Darius  It is common so-called wisdom to believe that the breakup of the Soviet Union ended any challenge to the inevitable march of capitalist markets and democratic reform throughout the world.  Indeed, for much of the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: 2015 Trafficking in Persons, A Flawed Report

Aug. 4, 2015 by Darius  Every year, the US State Department publishes the Trafficking in Persons report, a major report grading every country in the world for its success, or lack thereof, at combating human trafficking.  The report is prepared … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Five Million Reasons China May Be Drawn Into Foreign Conflicts”

“Five Million Reasons China May Be Drawn Into Foreign Conflicts” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 15, 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-15/five-million-reasons-china-may-be-drawn-into-foreign-conflicts “With five million citizens to protect and billions of investment dollars at stake, China is rethinking its policy of keeping out of other countries’ … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Civil Servants: Who Wants to Be a Mandarin?”

“Civil Servants: Who Wants to Be a Mandarin?” The Economist, June 6-12, 2015, p.35 http://www.economist.com/news/china/21653669-public-service-less-fun-if-you-cant-take-bribes-who-wants-be-mandarin “Government jobs have long been prized in China.  Most years new records are set for the number of people sitting civil-service exams.  University students, for all … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal”

June 6, 2015 by Darius  Throughout most of human history, one metal has stood out as a measure of wealth and value: gold.  I recently read Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal by Matthew Hart.  The book … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine,” The Book

May 31, 2015 by Darius  Africa’s mineral resources are arguably unmatched anywhere in the world: it holds 15% of the world’s crude oil reserves, 40% of its gold, 80% of its platinum, the world’s richest diamond mines, and massive deposits … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Afghan-Pakistani Reconciliation: A Brief Thaw or Something More?” Part II

May 25, 2015 by Darius  [The US tends to look at Afghanistan through a security lens, but Afghanistan is part of a neighborhood, a neighborhood that includes Pakistan, China, India, and Central Asia.  Afghanistan’s neighborhood will influence the country’s future … Continue reading

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