Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  1. World Affairs

    The Sources of Russian Conduct

    Richard N. Haass
    World Affairs

    The Sources of Russian Conduct

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     thinks the West should revive the containment strategy that guided its policies during the Cold War.

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    The strategy needed to resist Putin’s efforts to expand Russia’s influence beyond its borders – and to induce change within them – resembles nothing so much as the "containment" doctrine that guided Western policy for the four decades of the Cold War. The sooner the West updates that doctrine, the better off everyone will be. READ MORE

  2. World Affairs

    The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis

    Bennett Ramberg
    World Affairs

    The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis

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     calls attention to the dangers of fighting near nuclear power stations.

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    Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant blew up, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that its reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Moreover, warfare is rife with accidents and human error, any number of which could cause a meltdown. READ MORE

  3. Economics

    The Irrelevant German Consumer

    Michael Heise
    Economics

    The Irrelevant German Consumer

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     challenges the view that global rebalancing requires Germany to boost household demand.

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    With global rebalancing set to be high on the agenda at the next G-7 and G-20 meetings, Germany, with its persistent export surplus, will again come under pressure to boost household demand. But the German consumer is a sideshow, while the main acts are investment demand and monetary policy. READ MORE

  4. Business & Finance

    Rank Mysteries

    Howard Davies
    Business & Finance

    Rank Mysteries

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     attempts to decipher a recent ranking of global financial centers.

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    The release of the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), published by the consultancy Z/Yen in London, shows stability at the top of the table and volatility below. But do such rankings really contain valuable insights into how the global financial system is evolving? READ MORE

  5. Economics

    The Future of Economic Progress

    Kemal Derviş
    Economics

    The Future of Economic Progress

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     homes in on the key questions surrounding the nature and measurement of contemporary growth.

    Newsart for The Future of Economic Progress Dell Inc./Flickr

    Slowly but surely, the debate about the nature of economic growth is entering a new phase. The emerging questions are sufficiently different from those of recent decades that one can sense a shift in the conceptual framework that will structure the discussion of economic progress – and economic policy – from now on. READ MORE

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