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. Economics

    The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

    Adair Turner
    Economics

    The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

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     explains how a fresh wave of automation is transforming employment and much else.

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    Though we live in the hi-tech virtual world of the Internet, the most physical things – including urban land and service jobs – are rising in importance. But there is no contradiction: In an age of information and communication technology, it is inevitable that we value what an ICT-intensive economy cannot create. READ MORE

  3. Global Health & Development

    An Advocacy of Dunces

    David Ropeik
    Global Health & Development

    An Advocacy of Dunces

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     praises the Australian government's recent moves against an anti-vaccination advocacy group.

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    To ensure that the denial of scientific evidence does not put the wider community at risk, advocacy groups must be held responsible for their messages. Australia's government recently did just that, rescinding an anti-vaccination advocacy group's tax-exempt status and forcing it to change its name. READ MORE

  4. Innovation & Technology

    The Experts’ Advantage

    Amanda H. Goodall
    Innovation & Technology

    The Experts’ Advantage

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     explains why organizations perform better when technical or scientific talent is put in charge.

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    American boardrooms are filled with MBAs, especially from Harvard, while firms in the rest of the developed world (with the possible exception of Germany) seem to prefer professional managers over technical or scientific talent. But organizations that put experts in charge almost always perform better. READ MORE

  5. 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

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Cold War II?

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