Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  1. World Affairs

    The Limits to Fighting the Islamic State

    Gareth Evans
    World Affairs

    The Limits to Fighting the Islamic State

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     warns that the West's military strategy cannot possibly meet all of its objectives.

    Islamic State of Syria and Iraq Medyan Dairieh/ZumaPress

    It is to be hoped that US President Barack Obama’s decision to wage war against the Islamic State will not prove to be another misconceived and over-reaching foreign military intervention in the Middle East. But as the US-led mission is currently conceived, it is not clear whether its objectives are achievable at acceptable costs. READ MORE

  2. World Affairs

    America’s Never-Ending War

    Brahma Chellaney
    World Affairs

    America’s Never-Ending War

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     says that US policy toward the Islamic State reflects an inability to learn from past mistakes.

    Obama speaking to US troops Grant Jefferies/ZumaPress

    US President Barack Obama has effectively declared war on the Islamic State, using the very rhetoric that his predecessor George W. Bush used when launching America's "war on terror." The US now risks becoming enmeshed in a permanent war against an expanding list of enemies – often created by its own policies. READ MORE

  3. Environment & Sustainability

    Burning Down the House

    Donald Kaberuka
  4. Culture & Society

    The Looming Death of Homo Economicus

    Dennis J. Snower
    Culture & Society

    The Looming Death of Homo Economicus

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     insists that humans' economic self-interest cannot be separated from their capacity for care.

    Individualism thinking sophiad/Flickr

    The world seems to be on the verge of another “great transformation," which will fundamentally redefine the nature of our economic and social relationships. But mainstream economics – which assumes that people are self-interested, fully rational economic actors – fails to recognize the social half of the equation. READ MORE

  5. Economics

    Piketty’s Missing Rentiers

    Jeffrey Frankel
    Economics

    Piketty’s Missing Rentiers

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     says that inequality is rising, but not for the reason Thomas Piketty has given.

    Rich and poor on street Ice Man/Flickr

    Thomas Piketty predicts that interest rates will rise substantially above the growth rate, capital will accumulate, and the rich will get richer through inheritance and capital income, rather than through outlandish salaries and stock options. But unearned income is not what is driving the current rise in inequality. READ MORE

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