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Venezuela on the Brink

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 10:45 AM

"Even in tragedy, Latin America can't compete," a cynical friend told me. He was referring to the fact that the region's poverty is not as grim as Africa's, armed conflicts not as threatening as Asia's and terrorists not as suicidal as the Middle East's. The problems in Latin America are...

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Power Has Become Easier to Get, Harder to Use and Easier to Lose

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Moises Naim, the former editor of Foreign Policy, is author of "The End of Power."

WASHINGTON -- In 2013, and for the first time in 700 years, the Pope resigned. At the time, Pope Benedict explained that he felt incapable of dealing effectively with all the challenges facing the Church....

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The World According to Martin Wolf

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Ambrose Bierce once said: "War is God's way of teaching Americans geography." This quip can be updated to note that there is nothing like an economic crash to spur popular interest on the workings of markets and finance. As a result, while some economies are crashing, the celebrity of some...

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Who's in Worse Shape, Spain or Italy?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Spain or Italy: which one is worse off? Economically, Spain; politically, Italy. But since a bad political situation tends to hurt the economy, and a sick economy always poisons politics, the answer could easily be reversed. The political situation in Spain may deteriorate, and the economic edge that Italy now...

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Why Is Europe's Crisis Not Abating?

(4) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 12:55 PM

Why does the economic crisis in Europe keep getting broader and deeper? Ignorance? Too much power concentrated in too few hands? Or perhaps just the contrary: that those who ought to be making the necessary decisions lack the power to do so? I think it is a diabolical combination of...

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The Rise of the Mafia State

(23) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 12:17 PM

There have always been countries whose leaders have behaved criminally. Today is no different and in most of the world's nations, graft, dishonesty in the use of public funds and the "sale" of government decisions to the highest private bidder are common. Corruption is the "norm" and we have become...

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Dr. Kim Comes to the World Bank

(6) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 12:34 PM

Economic growth or income redistribution? To alleviate poverty, which of the two should be given priority? Should governments invest in expanding the electricity grid to power new, job-producing private companies or use the money to subsidize health and education for the poor? It is an old, sterile, and ideologically charged...

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The Clash of the Middle Classes

(16) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 12:23 PM

The main cause of coming conflicts will not be clashes between civilizations, but the anger generated by the unfulfilled expectations of a middle class, which is declining in rich countries and booming in poor countries.

"The clash of civilizations," the theory popularized by Samuel Huntington in the early 1990s,...

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Malthus, Marx, and Markets

(12) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 11:19 AM

I've just got back from China. Like most other regular visitors, I am amazed at the lightning speed of the changes in that country. My last visit was not that long ago and yet this time I noticed further enormous changes. This is what happens when a giant economy grows...

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The Lessons of Lagarde's IMF Coronation

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 1:08 PM

There's one good thing to be said about earthquakes -- they reveal otherwise inaccessible information about the deepest geological contours of our planet. The International Monetary Fund has just been shaken by two strong earthquakes: the arrest of its director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and the controversy over who should...

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Why Libya, But Not Syria? Five Answers

(51) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 9:24 AM

Why are the United States and Europe attacking Tripoli with bombs and Damascus with words? Why are they putting so much effort into bringing down Libya's brutal tyrant and so timid in their dealings with his equally cruel Syrian counterpart?

Let's start with an explanation that is as common...

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Is Al Qaeda Obsolete?

(29) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 9:43 AM

Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda he led are both so last century. The current al Qaeda, and whoever becomes bin Laden's successor, will have a hard time adapting to the twenty-first century. Today's al Qaeda has different capabilities and constraints and also faces different strategic challenges from the...

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Who Lost Mexico?

(49) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Not too long ago Mexico was regarded as the Latin American nation most likely to become a developed country. Now it is commonly seen, if not as a failed state, at least as a nation where some of the most powerful and ruthless criminals on the planet control important parts...

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What Does Auschwitz Have to Do With Benghazi?

(18) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 3:06 PM

What would have happened if during World War II the allies had bombed the gas chambers or the railway lines that transported millions of innocent people to their deaths in Auschwitz and other camps? It could not be done. We didn't know. We could not divert resources from other fronts....

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