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 […]Read more "This Time It’s Different"
Alex Sadler, JHU: Last week, Barack Obama made a historic visit to Cuba, becoming the first sitting president to visit the island nation in almost 90 years. Garnering less attention than the Cuba visit, the Obamas left Cuba on Tuesday night to visit Argentina. This was Mr. Obama’s first visit to Argentina during his presidency. […]Read more "Obama’s Visit to Argentina and What it Says About U.S. Foreign Policy"
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 […]Read more "Taiwanese Elections 2016: The Future of Cross-Strait Relations"
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 […]Read more "Post-election Challenges in Burma"
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 […]Read more "The Final Industrial Revolution"
Gideon Gross, JHU: Last Monday, an agreement was reached on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral trade deal between 12 countries from four different continents bordering the Pacific Ocean. TPP is the most extensive trade agreement in world history to date, including over 40% of global GDP. It has been dubbed “a trade agreement […]Read more "TPP: The Chance for the US to Reset the World Economy"
Eli Wallach, JHU SAIS Nanjing: This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. During this visit, he stopped in both Seattle and Washington D.C. to meet with some of America’s highest government and business personnel. While the tour kept a festive tone, filled with promises for cooperation and […]Read more "Xi Jinping and China’s Geopolitical Rise"
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 […]Read more "The Choice between Human Rights and Security in Xinjiang"
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 […]Read more "Thanks, Obama! And Thanks, Supreme Court, China, and Mario Draghi"
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 […]Read more "“Christ, the Chinese even invented Golf”"