The rise of right-wing populism in the West is primarilya story of culture and identity, in particular the fear among white voters across the West that their cultures and identities are under threat. Both the left and the right, however, have colluded in propping up the falsehood that populism is mostly about disparities of wealth and power.
Why have sanctions been so unsuccessful at stopping Assad‘s killing machine? Abig part of the blame lies with the UN-led humanitarian effort in Syria.
So far, Cuba‘s new president has failed to deliver true change.
It shouldn‘t have taken policymakers as long as it did to relearn what they should have already known about financial crises.
The new Italian government will last only as long as Matteo Salvini has his way.
In foreign policy, progressives are adrift, caught between dated paradigms that have not yet come to terms with the current geopolitical moment.
For all the Trump administration‘s frustrations with managing interdependence with China, the security consequences of decoupling could mean even bigger headaches.
Germany,like the United States, has entered a post-truth hall of mirrors.
Sooner or later, the United States will face another major financial crisis. Yet the tools policymakers have for responding are even weaker than they were before the last crash. Financial firefighters need more discretionary authority--not as a substitute for strong safeguards, but as a complement to them.
Another conflict may be coming in Iraq. This time, it will be betweenthe powerful, resource-rich, and battle-hardened Shiite rival factions that dominate the government.
Financial crises empower right-wing populists. The crash of 2008 was worse than usual.
India‘s online biometric ID database offers a model for treating digital infrastructure as a public good and data as something that citizens deserve access to.
Most experts think the global recession was caused by a collapse in demand -- and so, in good Keynesian fashion, they want governments to ramp up spending to compensate. But the West‘s recent growth was dependent on borrowing. Going even further into debt now won‘t help; instead, countries need to address the underlying flaws in their economies.
Managing the impacts of climate change requires a fundamentally different approach from the way most policymakers currently think about the issue.
Seen through the prism of public opinion, the two-state solution is clearly not dead. But the continued construction of Israeli settlements is making it seem unfeasible, and damaging its popularity.
For Washington, space security depends at least as much on international cooperation as it does on national dominance.
Austria‘s example shows that any check on populist parties for the time being needs to come from the center-right.
Although the Sweden Democrats failed in their immediate aims, their strong performance over a second consecutive election confirmed them as a major player in Swedish politics.
The true story of 2008 forces a question about the future of financial globalization: How will a multipolar world that has moved beyond the transatlantic structures of the last century cope with the next crisis?