Monthly Archives: August 2011

Planning Ahead for the New Libya

Post-Gadhafi Libya is brimming with promise, but also with pitfalls.  With a substantial supply of low-sulfur oil, proximity to Europe, and recent strong economic growth, the country should be poised to move forward.  The downside risks include tribal conflicts, a very … Continue reading

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End Game in Libya, Syria (Part II)

Things have moved even faster over the weekend than anticipated, and much if not most of Tripoli has now slipped from Gadhafi’s grip.  It appears his time will run out in days, or even hours. In Damascus, Bashar al-Assad must … Continue reading

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End Game in Libya, Syria?

The Arab Spring has moved in a long hot summer of conflict, with devastating violence in Syria and an intermittently harsh civil war in Libya. But in spite of the views of many critics that the Libyan conflict would lead … Continue reading

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Rick Perry = Margaret Thatcher?

If the United States is heading for a future as just one of the world’s major powers, not the overwhelmingly dominant economic and military force it has been for the last century, what are the implications for US politics?   Charles … Continue reading

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Hearts in the Right Place — Obama and Romney on Growth

CNN had this to say about President Obama’s speech in Decorah, Iowa yesterday: “The president said he will release a detailed plan to boost the economy, create jobs and control the country’s deficit when Congress returns to Washington in September” … Continue reading

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Misery Economics — of Quacks and Cures

“Take your medicine – it tastes awful, I know, but it will  make you better and in a few days you’ll be glad you did.” That doesn’t sound like high-tech medical care, more like a home remedy (castor oil?).  That is, however, … Continue reading

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Do Facts Matter? Keynes would want to know

After Monday’s market sell-off, Republican leader Eric Cantor was quick to blame President Obama’s “anti-business, hyper-regulatory, pro-tax increase agenda” saying it “has led to dangerous uncertainty in our economy.”  Of course, by Friday the markets had almost fully recovered, without Obama … Continue reading

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