Thursday, September 3, 2015
  1. Globalized Crisis

    Harold James

    Globalized Crisis


     explores the dark side of connecting far-flung people and economies.

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    If there is a bright side to the turmoil that has roiled the world economy since 2008, it is that it has not erupted everywhere simultaneously. But, as the crisis becomes ever more global in nature, the challenge for policymakers will be to contain the impulse to reduce engagement with the rest of the world. READ MORE

  2. Escaping the Refugee Crisis

    Peter Singer

    Escaping the Refugee Crisis


     urges affluent countries to give much more support to countries neighboring conflict zones.

    eu refugee crisis Kostis Ntantamis/ZumaPress

    If those who claim asylum in a nearby country were sent to a refugee camp, safe from persecution, and supported financially by aid from affluent countries, people smuggling – and deaths in transit – would be eliminated. That may not be the best solution, but it may be the most workable. READ MORE

  3. The Price of European Indifference

    Bernard-Henri Lévy

    The Price of European Indifference


     warns that, if the migration debate does not change, it is not only the refugees who will suffer.

    europe migrant crisis Kostis Ntantamis/ZumaPress

    Europe’s migration debate has taken a disturbing turn, propelled by a multitude of myths, manipulations, and blatant lies. The consequences will be devastating, not only for the people desperately trying to escape oppression, terror, and massacre, but also for Europe itself. READ MORE

  4. Migration Beyond Crisis Mode

    Ana Palacio

    Migration Beyond Crisis Mode


     points out that the flow of refugees and asylum-seekers into the EU will not be temporary.

    syrian migrants in serbia Elena Geroska/ZumaPress

    Over the past seven years, Europe has been in crisis mode almost without interruption, implementing stop-gap measures accompanied by empty or hyperbolic rhetoric. This approach is not nearly enough to address the current migration challenge, which will not be resolved in the foreseeable future. READ MORE

  5. The US Still Runs the World

    Simon Johnson

    The US Still Runs the World


     points out that China's troubles represent only the latest affirmation of US global leadership.

    Xi Jinping and Barack Obama Rao Aimin/ZumaPress

    China does not run the world; and, with doubts about its economy's long-term prospects now rattling stock markets worldwide, it appears unlikely to do so anytime soon. From trade to monetary policy, the potential for global leadership still rests with the US. READ MORE

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