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How Global Patterns of Inequality are changing — and raising geopolitical risks

My new essay on this topic has been posted on FOREIGNAFFAIRS.COM at https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2016-03-28/wealthier-world-poorer-nation Here is a summary of the conclusions: _________________________________________________________________ Emerging nations are suspended between being rich enough to have a stake in global leadership, and still often being … Continue reading

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I’m Back!

Dear Friends, Some of you may have noticed the long silence on this blog site.  I have spent the last three months transitioning to a new position, as the founding Director of a new Institute for Public Policy at the … Continue reading

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Europe’s Migration Puzzle

(This entry first appeared on the PS21 blog site; a great site for insights on 21st century politics) Europe has a problem with immigrants.   That is hardly news – it has been true for decades.  But the problem has now … Continue reading

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China and the Magna Carta

As a tribute to Sino-British relations, an exhibit of one of the early parchment copies of the Magna Carta was supposed to take place this week at Beijing’s Renmin University.  This is part of the 800th anniversary celebration of the great … Continue reading

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WHY AREN’T WE WINNING ANYMORE?

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it seemed the New World Order would eternally favor the wealthy democracies of the United States and Europe.  After all, the superiority of the liberal market economy had been proven, and there was … Continue reading

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Can Iran be a Normal Country?

Efforts are underway to discredit the nuclear deal signed by Iran and the P5+1 nations (U.S., France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China).  The deal imposes a strict inspection regime, reduces the number of centrifuges that Iran can operate, and should … Continue reading

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Russia’s Future — China or Europe?

I am back in Russia this week, and enjoying it.  Yet while the weather is beautiful, the people equally so, and the ruble holding steady, there is a sense of malaise in the air.  The conflict in Ukraine is clearly … Continue reading

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