Friday, January 30, 2015
  1. Wall Street for President?

    Simon Johnson

    Wall Street for President?


     urges the US Democratic Party to embrace Elizabeth Warren's proposals for financial-sector reform.

    American flag office building Daniel Hoherd/Flickr

    America's Democratic Party – including President Barack Obama – is apparently of two minds on the extent to which it should defend its own financial legislation from attack by the country's powerful megabanks. It can have the 2010 Dodd-Frank reforms, or it can have Wall Street's campaign contributions, but it cannot have both. READ MORE

  2. The Keys to Maintaining the Kingdom

    Christopher R. Hill

    The Keys to Maintaining the Kingdom


     wants US policy toward post-Abdullah Saudi Arabia to be based on realistic goals and expectations.

    President Obama King Salman meet Xinhua/ZumaPress

    As with all political successions, Saudi Arabia’s was inevitable. But it was not inevitable that King Abdullah’s demise – and the emergence of Crown Prince Salman as his heir to the throne – should come at a time of peak instability in a region already buffeted by the type of change that the House of Saud welcomes least of all. READ MORE

  3. The Bookies and the British Election

    Chris Patten

    The Bookies and the British Election


     examines why the vote in May is too close to call.

    Newsart for The Bookies and the British Election James Blunt/Flickr

    The British general election in May is too close to call, mainly owing to declining support for the two major parties, Labour and the Conservatives, and the rise of populist parties on their flanks. So, though economic recovery should benefit Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, that might not be enough to ensure victory. READ MORE

  4. Russia’s Preemptive Counter-Revolution

    Alexander Etkind
  5. China’s Reform Stalemate

    Keyu Jin

    China’s Reform Stalemate


     describes how bureaucrats are subtly resisting the shift in power from government to markets.

    Chess pieces stalemate Harikrishnan Bhaskaran/Flickr

    China’s reform program has reached an impasse, with fundamental conflicts of interest and subtle resistance mechanisms blocking progress. Until these barriers to change are removed, there is little hope that China’s slowing economy can rely on reforms to give it the push it needs. READ MORE

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