Category Archives: The Global Economy

The Best Country in the World?

There are many ways to rank countries, including by income per head, infant mortality, educational achievement, stability of families and marriages, openness of social mobility, quality of government, and so on. Americans are accustomed to viewing the United States as … Continue reading

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The State has not Gone Away

Today I am headed to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for a conference on the “Future of the State.” It is an interesting title. Ten years ago, we thought the state was on the way out. Between … Continue reading

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Bad to worse in Ukraine?

I am in Russia this week, and the view from Moscow is a bit more disquieting than from home. It’s not that things are any different here. Life goes on in the University, traffic still clogs the street, and people … Continue reading

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What are Russia’s Plans for Ukraine?

American Secretary of State John Kerry turned his plane around to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris on Sunday. Both had clear and inflexible demands. The U.S. wished Russia to withdraw a portion of the troops it has … Continue reading

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And Ukraine moves closer to the edge?

Yesterday I was able to listen to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the Atlantic Council, right after he met with President Obama at the White House. Yatsenyuk projected calm and confidence — quite a feat for someone … Continue reading

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Ukraine is getting ever more dangerous

On CNN last Sunday, Stephen Cohen suggested that we are only two steps away from another Cuban missile crisis. Is that possible, or hyperbole? Revolutions create great risks because they create uncertainty and anxiety. The strength and policies of the … Continue reading

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Back to the Future at Forbes?

Forbes has crowned Bill Gates as the world’s richest man (again), with a fortune of $76 billion. Like many wealthy and generous predecessors, Gates has already given a considerable portion of his money to charity, but clearly he has enough … Continue reading

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