Thomas J. Christensen is a talented political scientist who once taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "In Shaping The Choices of a Rising China: The China Challenge," Thomas J. ...

Talented historians or post colonial thinkers are hard to come by; especially those who think and operate within the context of global history. In the new discipline of global history, all forms of ...

Orientalism, according to Edward Said, is a discourse. One, in which, words, concepts, ideas and terms, are constantly allowed to inter-marry with one another, with the ardent purpose of producing ...

Stephen E. Ambrose and Doughlas Brinkley are two of the most prolific authors in the United States. Together, or, separately, they have produced more than thirty books on World War II, US presidency, ...

Globalization is often regarded as the main process by which jobs are destroyed, out-sourced and supplanted across a wide spectrum of industries. In the industrial West, there is a sizable portion of ...

Lee Kuan Yew once averred, in his flawless English, that while "experiences formed the lessons of life, bad ones are the best tutors as yet." In "One Man's View of the World," Lee Kuan Yew literally ...

The late Kenneth Waltz, a mathematician who ended up as a political scientist at Columbia University, used to argue that, despite the possibility of an accidental nuclear launch, it would still be ...

Thomas L. Friedman is one of the rare few in the world who constantly ponder on the state of the world, often from the perch of his New York Times column. In "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's ...

The Islamic world, or, what Muslims refer to it as the "Ummah," is in a mess. Notwithstanding the Arab Spring, every single step forward has been met with many reversals. Libya is now ruled by thugs ...

The Axial Age is a term coined by Karl Jaspers. But it is also a concept widely accepted by top thinkers like Robert Bellah and Tu Wei Ming. While the former taught at University of California, ...

The American right, it would seem, is often described by the media as a swamp. Invariably, the phrase 'draining the swamp,' is now paired, perhaps permanently, with the remarkable attempt of Donald ...

Class, as an analytical concept, is widely attributed to the left. It was Karl Marx who made full use of it; by explaining how one class of people maintained its power over the rest. Hence, communism ...

Dani Rodrik, a professor in political science and economics at the London School of Economics, argued that more globalization should technically produce three effects. One, the role of the state ...

Analogies, or, parallels, are in fact similar but not the same. Such a phrase may seem mis-leading but it bespeaks the view that 'no one person can dip his/her feet into the pool only to emerge the ...

Despite the power of the American presidency, little studies were done on it in any systematic manner, until Richard E. Neustadt, a historian at Harvard University, began studying it. Among others, ...

International cooperation has always been hailed and celebrated as the epitome of what is humanly possible. Yet, unknown to many, international cooperation is often fraught with various dangers. ...

Global economic growth has been a chimera, according to Ruchir Sharma. Lots of it are driven by debt; indeed, credit cards. Within the last decade, as opposed to the last thirty, the US economy has ...

As a Japanese american, who confessed to not knowing any Japanese, one can only surmise that Francis Fukuyama has been thoroughly Americanized. But as a former student in German philosophy, his use ...

The very word 'state capitalism,' may appear like an oxymoron. As President Ronald Reagan once said: "The business of government is to stay out of business." State capitalism, therefore, invites ...

The world is an unstable place, this book argues. Yet, there are certain patterns and variables that concurrently also make the world somewhat predictable; more precisely, cyclical. All seven of the ...

The rise of China has often times invited the specter of a 'China Threat', that China will refuse to play by all the rules and norms once imposed by the West. The fear is also accompanied by the ...
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