Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  1. Economics

    The Second Opening of Japan

    Shinzo Abe
    Economics

    The Second Opening of Japan

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     uses Barack Obama's visit as an opportunity to lay out his country's grand strategy.

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    US President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in Japan's history, with its economy moving onto a new growth path that will take advantage of its geographic position. Japan no longer considers itself the “Far” East, but rather the very center of the Pacific Rim, and a neighbor to the global economy's growth center. READ MORE

  2. World Affairs

    Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    World Affairs

    Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

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     on how US intervention in the Syrian civil war would alter Vladimir Putin's calculus in Ukraine.

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    The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. If US President Barack Obama demonstrates that he can order the use of force in circumstances other that secret drone attacks or covert operations, the result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo. READ MORE

  3. Economics

    The Gain in Spain

    Michael Spence
    Economics

    The Gain in Spain

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     explains why the Spanish economy is beginning to attract investors' attention.

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    The Spanish economy is beginning to attract investors’ attention – and not only because asset prices are depressed in the current climate. While there are huge problems that must still be overcome, there is also a clear sense on the ground that the economy has passed a turning point, roughly at the start of this year. READ MORE

  4. Business & Finance

    The Democratic Disruption of Finance

    Mohamed A. El-Erian
    Business & Finance

    The Democratic Disruption of Finance

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     compares nascent innovations in the financial sector to those that have transformed media.

    Newsart for The Democratic Disruption of Finance NapoleonBiggs/Flickr

    There seems to be no limit to the exciting possibilities that come from combining technical innovations, the Internet, and social media. What is less appreciated is the extent to which the same phenomenon is starting to play out in finance, via a democratization process that could transform the institutional landscape. READ MORE

  5. World Affairs

    Putin’s Perilous Course

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    World Affairs

    Putin’s Perilous Course

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     says that a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine would have a devastating impact on Russia's economy.

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    Following Russia’s forcible takeover of Crimea, it is almost unimaginable that normal economic relations between Russia and the West could survive a Russian invasion or annexation of another part of Ukraine. And, if the worst-case scenario materializes, as appears increasingly likely, Russia would be the long-term economic loser. READ MORE

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Cold War II?

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