Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  1. Teaching Economic Dynamism

    Edmund S. Phelps

    Teaching Economic Dynamism


     argues that restoring humanities education is the key to building innovative economies.

    Reading on a Mountain Mehal Shah/Flickr

    Business leaders often argue that the widening education gap – the disparity between what young people learn and the skills that the job market demands – is a leading contributor to high unemployment and slow growth in many countries. But the two main arguments underpinning that claim are weak, at best. READ MORE

  2. Peace in an Age of Extremes

    Michel Rocard

    Peace in an Age of Extremes


     examines the historical and religious factors fueling conflict in the greater Middle East.

    Destroyed homes Gaza UN Photo/Flickr

    The international community's approach to the conflicts in the greater Middle East, centered on national interests, is clearly inadequate to temper religious extremism and limit human suffering. Given the factors that have led to today’s turmoil, the solution must begin with religious, not political, leaders. READ MORE

  3. The Great War’s Forgotten Soldiers

    Shashi Tharoor

    The Great War’s Forgotten Soldiers


     is happy that the 1.3 million Indians who fought in WWI are finally being recognized.

    World War I Lewis gun Wikimedia Commons

    The role and sacrifice of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, and South Africans have long been celebrated in history books, novels, and award-winning films like “Gallipoli.” But the world hears very little about the 1.3 million Indian troops who fought and died in the conflict. READ MORE

  4. The Coming CLASS War

    Andrew Sheng

    The Coming CLASS War


     argues that cyberspace, land, air, sea, and space now define the basis of global conflict.

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    Carl von Clausewitz defined war as the continuation of politics by different means, and, like the ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu, believed that securing peace meant preparing for violent conflict. As the world becomes increasingly tumultuous, such thinking could not be more relevant. READ MORE

  5. The Trauma of France’s Jews

    Dominique Moisi

    The Trauma of France’s Jews


     dismisses comparisons of French anti-Semitism today to that of the Nazi era.

    Jewish man in France MortAuPat/Flickr

    In the aftermath of recent attacks on synagogues in France, British and American media reports made comparisons to the Nazi era, with some even referring to a French Kristallnacht. Such hyperbole must be firmly rejected, for it offends the memory of those who suffered at the hands of the collaborationist Vichy regime. READ MORE

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