William Easterly is a development specialist. At the Center of Global Development in Washington DC, which works closely with the US government and the World Bank, he has had access to what works, and ...

The 'long peace' is an idea that is often associated with the peace established in 1815 after the Napoleonic war. Europe saw almost one century of peace, except the Crimean War, and the Prusso-French ...

In spite of the complex rules and regulations that govern global banking, such as Basel I, II, and III, the banking sector surprisingly is extremely fluid. One can even claim that it is opaque; what ...

Singapore may be a city state but it is a barometer of the world; especially a world driven by capitalist structures, incentives and issues. Lee Kuan Yew is a grand master by virtue of having ruled ...

Indonesia, before or after the fall of President Suharto in 1998, is one of the most complex countries in the world. First of all, it is an ethnic mosaic of different groups and people. Secondly, ...

James C Scott's Ph.D. thesis, written in the 1960s, used to focus on the peasants in rural Malaya. "Domination and the Arts of Resistance," written in 1999, is a vast improvement of his work on ...

Many will not agree that 'civilizations' will clash. Some of them may well include the students of the late Samuel Huntington at Harvard itself. They were the first to take the course on the 'clash ...

Not many people are aware of the extension school system in the United States, let alone the Ivy League; especially Harvard University. But Michael Shinagel, one of the longest serving deans in the ...

Dr Gerald Segal used to be the head of the Asian security program at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Always amicable, friendly and approachable, he lost his battle ...

Mao is both an iconic figure in modern China, as he is a controversial one. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) broods at any hint of blaming Mao over the fiasco of the 'Great Leap Forward' in the mid ...

"The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History" is an amazing tome of a book. It debunked one thesis that the Chinese were slow to understand the effects of ...

Globalization is key to understanding how the world is becoming more inter connected. How space and time are compressing to become one. But, Jeff Frieden, argued, that the world has witnessed such a ...

"The Tragedy of Great Power Politics," by John Mearsheimer, is written in a lucid, elegant, and powerful manner: that none of the great powers can avoid being trapped in a conflict of permanent ...

Michael Pilsbury, who has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, has been a top American strategist on China since 1970. It was he, rather than Henry Kissenger, who conceived the ...

Misha Glenny has covered the Balkans for the BBC before. He is arguably one of the best commentators on that region, both before and after the Bosnian War in 1991-1994. Somewhat inspired by the seedy ...

Political rhetoric, no matter how incipient, has always had a way in shaping the reality at hand. Regionalism exists in the interstices of nationalism and imperialism. If the political leaders in ...

Dictators, by definition, prefer to die in office; than face the prospect of being lynched. Since self perpetuation is the key anyway, why is there a need to learn the art and methods of democratic ...

China is growing, if not already an economic and political giant. Yet, there are some who averred that China's behavior in South China Sea, with its overarching 9 dash lines, which has time and again ...

Politics, as some would have it, is "the art of the impossible." In other words, enemies can become friends, and friends can become enemies, (perhaps over and again !). By this token, all wars are ...
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