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May 22, 2017

Economics
Worker-Factory-Aircraft Engine-Reuters How to Be an Open Economy

MILAN – The word “openness” has two related but distinct connotations. It can mean that something is unrestricted, accessible, and possibly vulnerable; or it can mean that something, such as a person…

May 3, 2017

Trade
A demonstrator wears an EU flag. Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s …

Apr 4, 2017

Education
RTR35CTW Delivering on Promises to the Middle Class

This article was co-authored with David Brady, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. MILAN – US President Donald Trum…

Jun 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Political Warfare

The United States is in a long-term struggle for influence in the Middle East with competitors such as Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various Salafist organizations. All have …

Feb 28, 2017

Trade
RTR4Y1FW Europe or Anti-Europe?

MILAN – A knowledgeable friend in Milan recently asked me the following question: “If an outside investor, say, from the United States, wanted to invest a substantial sum in the Italian economy, what…

Nov 29, 2016

Trade
rtx2sqxq-trump-reuters Donald Trump and the New Economic Order

HONG KONG – Since the end of World War II, the hierarchy of economic priorities has been relatively clear. At the top was creating an open, innovative, and dynamic market-driven global economy, in wh…

May 11, 2017

China
An African student practices Shaolin martial arts in Henan Province. China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

May 5, 2017

Somalia
Tuna ship protected off of Somali waters. Return of Somali Pirates Alerts Pentagon

This is a guest post by Michael Clyne. Michael is a risk management consultant specializing in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at: @mikeclyne.  Pirate attacks have returned to the Gulf of Ad…

Nov 1, 2016

Education
rtsi0cs-reuters-spence How Inequality Found a Political Voice

MILAN – It took a long time for widening inequality to have an impact on politics, as it suddenly has done in recent years. Now that it is a central issue, national economic priorities will need to s…

Apr 27, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean National Army final The Matabeleland Massacre and Contemporary Zimbabwe

Genocide and other massacres cast a long shadow over contemporary politics. In Africa, the genocide in Rwanda and massacres in Burundi and the eastern Congo come immediately to mind. As Zimbabwe spir…