This Time It’s Different

George Gulino, JHU: “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’ ”  -Sir John Templeton Replace the word ‘investing’ with ‘economic policy’, and the saying still holds true. “This time it’s different” should be the motto of those voices still calling for deeper and more prolonged expansionary monetary policy. They bemoan […]

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Taiwanese Elections 2016: The Future of Cross-Strait Relations

Tim Shieh, JHU: On January 16th, Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen to become the first-ever female president to lead the island nation. Tsai, the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won in a landslide, garnering over 56% of total votes compared to 31% for the governing Kuomintang’s (KMT) candidate Eric Chu. The election follows […]

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Post-election Challenges in Burma

Ava White, JHU: Note: This article uses the term “Burma” to refer to the country also known as Myanmar. Burma is derived from the Bamar ethnic group, and is a less-inclusive term with roots in the country’s colonial past. However, the government that renamed the country Myanmar was a military junta regarded as illegitimate by […]

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The Final Industrial Revolution

Gabriel Casella, JHU: The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries completely transformed the world’s economic, social, and urban landscape. Mechanization and innovation provoked the departure from the highly inefficient traditional cottage economy to the new factory system, yielding sustained increases in labor productivity as the time, skill and physical input required per unit […]

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The Choice between Human Rights and Security in Xinjiang

Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Among many observers of China over the past few decades, it has been hoped that China’s ongoing economic liberalization would bring a blossoming of political freedoms. Unfortunately, such an outcome has failed to materialize. For all of its economic and diplomatic ascensions into the group of developed countries, China remains plagued by […]

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Thanks, Obama! And Thanks, Supreme Court, China, and Mario Draghi

Author: Dylan Etzel, Johns Hopkins University        ____________________________________________________________________________________ As we enjoy our Thanksgiving break, many of our relatives will ask us, “What are you thankful for?” In the context of politics, however, this question often goes awry, as the mainstream media and general word of mouth may lead us to believe that the […]

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“Christ, the Chinese even invented Golf”

Author: Katelyn Shiring, Goucher College _____________________________________________________________________________________________ China confronts the Western nations with an enormous problem: we do not understand it. British scholar Martin Jacques made a prediction in 2009 that the Chinese economy will be equal with the United States’ economy by 2025, and surpass it by 2050, in terms of unadjusted GDP. Earlier this […]

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