Thursday, November 27, 2014
  1. Culture & Society

    Social Choice and Social Welfare

    Amartya Sen
    Culture & Society

    Social Choice and Social Welfare

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     asks whether the Enlightenment dream of a rationally organized society can still be realized.

    Crowds Lino Gambella/Flickr

    Human beings have always lived in groups, and their individual lives have invariably depended on group decisions. But, given the daunting challenges of group choice, owing to the divergent interests and concerns of the group’s members, how should collective decision-making be carried out? READ MORE

  2. Economics

    The Geopolitical Impact of Cheap Oil

    Martin Feldstein
    Economics

    The Geopolitical Impact of Cheap Oil

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     points out that several oil-producing countries cannot afford a further decline in prices.

    Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline rickz/Flickr

    If the price of oil, which has fallen more than 25% in the past five months, remains at its current level, it will have important implications for many countries around the world, some good and some bad. If it falls further, as seems likely, the geopolitical consequences could be dramatic. READ MORE

  3. Politics

    Abe’s Safe Bet

    Yuriko Koike
    Politics

    Abe’s Safe Bet

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     weighs Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call a snap general election.

    Shinzo Abe Ma Ping/ZumaPress

    Observers worldwide are scratching their heads at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to risk his extensive reform agenda by calling a snap general election two years early. But, while Abe may be known for his boldness, he is no reckless gambler; he knows that he needs a strong mandate to achieve his reform goals. READ MORE

  4. World Affairs

    Getting to Yes with Putin

    Dominique Moisi
    World Affairs

    Getting to Yes with Putin

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     believes that Europe and Russia can reconcile, but only if the EU starts playing its cards right.

    Vladimir Putin Alexei Nikolsky/ZumaPress

    Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the European Union's divisions and weaknesses have been as encouraging for Russia President Vladimir Putin as America's hesitant approach to Syria was. Only a firm, clear, and united policy toward Russia can bring about a viable compromise. READ MORE

  5. Politics

    The Two Colombias

    Andrés Velasco
    Politics

    The Two Colombias

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     acknowledges the country's lingering challenges, but also hails its important achievements.

    Funeral procession Bogota Colombia Eliana Aponte/ZumaPress

    There are two Colombias: one of rapid economic growth and innovative social policies, and another of guerrilla warfare, poverty, and human-rights violations. The good news is that the modern Colombia, characterized by peace and progress, is winning. READ MORE

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