Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Soviet Union Is Dead for Good

The Soviet Union Is Dead for Good

Dec 30, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ghia Nodia MOSCOW – This New Year’s Eve marks the 25th anniversary of the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union. But, rather than celebrating, many Russians – and some people in the West – are ambivalent about that outcome. Russian President Vladimir Putin tops the list of doubters. He made known his position on the USSR’s...

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Dec 30, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Sergii Leshchenko 30 December 2016 In Ukraine, revolution and reform has given way to reaction, with vested interests entrenching themselves even further.   Last week, as the world prepared for the Christmas holidays, Ukrainian MPs gathered in parliament at 10am, and departed 20 hours later. This legislative...

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

Dec 30, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adair Turner LONDON – The year 2016 ends with slightly higher forecasts for global growth and inflation. In part, that reflects expectations of a big new fiscal stimulus in the United States under President Donald Trump. But equally important is the strength of the Chinese economy, with buoyant industrial production fueling...

Greetings to Global Humanity from the Editor

Greetings to Global Humanity from the Editor

Dec 25, 2016

  I wish readers of all cultures, societies, religions and philosophies a happy holiday season. May the year 2017 bring progress towards mutual understanding and benefit, peace, cooperation and kindness throughout the planet. May we all work to make the planet healthy, livable, safe and environmentally sound. May there be real progress towards reducing or...

This is Karelia: tortured voices from Russia’s prison system

This is Karelia: tortured voices from Russia’s prison system

Dec 23, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Evidence of how prison officers cooperate with inmates to effect torture and humiliation inside Karelia’s prison system continues to emerge. By Anastasiya Zotova 23 December 2016 The deeper you go into the woods, the darker it gets. My colleagues and I at Territory of Torture have received more complaints from...

The Crisis of Market Fundamentalism

The Crisis of Market Fundamentalism

Dec 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – The biggest political surprise of 2016 was that everyone was so surprised. I certainly had no excuse to be caught unawares: soon after the 2008 crisis, I wrote a book suggesting that a collapse of confidence in political institutions would follow the economic collapse, with a lag of five years or...

The Emergence of the Wang Qishan Faction

The Emergence of the Wang Qishan Faction

Dec 23, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam The proverb “mandarins can set big fires, but common folks can’t even light a candle” is often used to describe the often-outlandish privileges enjoyed by the authorities. After the recent Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee conferred upon Xi Jinping the lofty...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

How heartbreaking images from Aleppo could actually change international norms

How heartbreaking images from Aleppo could actually change international norms

Dec 23, 2016

Chiara De Franco, University of Southern Denmark The siege of Aleppo is a mass atrocity with unprecedented levels of visibility. Confronted with the horrific images of a destroyed city, and the testimonies of wounded survivors using social media to reach out to the world, many have argued that a complete meltdown of humanity is unfolding. Some have lamented...

When Leaders Are True to Their Lies

When Leaders Are True to Their Lies

Dec 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ricardo Hausmann HANOI – What does the Venezuelan domestic payments crisis have in common with the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced by Wilbur Ross, US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next US Secretary of Commerce? These two seemingly disparate events are linked by the odd relationship...