Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Jul 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that the value of several of its funds, containing what were supposedly the safest possible US mortgage bonds, had evaporated. From that fateful day, the...

Brazil’s Shipyards – Victims of a Failed Reindustrialisation Process

Brazil’s Shipyards – Victims of a Failed Reindustrialisation Process

Jul 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mario Osava   RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 18 2017 (IPS) – “I have lived through three good periods and two bad ones,” prior to the present crisis in the Brazilian shipping industry, said Edson Rocha, a direct witness since the 1970s of the ups and downs of a sector where nationalist feelings run...

Argentina Plans Billions of Dollars in Railway Projects

Argentina Plans Billions of Dollars in Railway Projects

Jul 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Deaniel Gutman BUENOS AIRES, Jul 12 2017 (IPS) – Development in Argentina in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century was closely tied to that of the railway. The eighth largest country in the world, Argentina’s economy grew through exporting agricultural and...

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

Jul 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anders Fogh Rasmussen COPENHAGEN – There will be an upbeat mood at this week’s European Union-Ukraine summit. Reforms and international support are beginning to bear fruit for Ukraine’s economy. An EU free-trade agreement is in place. And Ukrainians can now travel to the EU on just a biometric passport – a prospect most...

The G20 and the Inequality Crisis

The G20 and the Inequality Crisis

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Helle Thorning-Schmidt LONDON – Almost a decade ago, facing a near-collapse of the financial system and the risk of a depression, the world needed a new form of leadership to navigate and restore confidence in the global economy. That’s why, in 2009, at his first global summit as US president, Barack Obama joined...

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik HAMBURG – This year’s G20 summit in Hamburg promises to be among the more interesting in recent years. For one thing, US President Donald Trump, who treats multilateralism and international cooperation with cherished disdain, will be attending for the first time. Trump comes to Hamburg having already walked out...

East Asia’s real lessons

East Asia’s real lessons

Jun 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 2017 (IPS) – International recognition...

Britain’s Norway Solution

Britain’s Norway Solution

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky Shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an unexpected “Brexit election,” I wrote that pro-Europeans in Britain might yet snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. But the timescale I had in mind was five years, not five weeks. How long May will survive as prime minister is impossible to...

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

May 1, 2017

Rodrigo Zeidan, NYU Shanghai Late April saw an odd couple of days for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 23-year-old deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the start of Thursday April 27, President Donald Trump’s advisers were said to be working on an executive order withdrawing from the trade deal. During his election campaign,...

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

May 1, 2017

Excerpt of Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joseph Stiglitz NEW YORK – The likely victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election has elicited a global sigh of relief. At least Europe is not going down the protectionist path that President Donald Trump is forcing the United States to take. But advocates of globalization should keep the...