Leading By Engaging

by Anne-Marie Slaughter Added 24.04.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – In his first inaugural address, US President Barack Obama offered an invitation to the world’s most closed countries. “We will extend a hand,” he said, “if you are willing to unclench your fist.” This statement encapsulated the...

The Case for Peace With Iran

by Jeffrey D. Sachs Added 23.04.2015
NEW YORK – The nuclear framework agreement between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia) plus Germany is an important achievement in global diplomacy. The deal...

Three Encounters with Hillary

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 23.04.2015
PARIS – It is Boston, July 2004. The setting is a downtown restaurant to which the editor Tina Brown has invited Hillary Clinton and a handful of notables, including Caroline Kennedy, filmmaker Michael Moore, and former Senator George McGovern....

Girls, Not Brides

by Graca Machel and Mabel van Oranje Added 22.04.2015
OXFORD – When Memory Banda’s younger sister was forced to marry at just 11 years old, Memory became determined to ensure that no more girls had to experience her sister’s fate. Since then, this remarkable young woman from rural Malawi has helped...

Vorsprung durch realpolitik – what VW power games say about German CEO culture

by Bernhard Rieger Added 22.04.2015
I am distancing myself from Winterkorn. With this short sentence, the powerful chairman of Volkswagen’s supervisory board, Ferdinand Piëch, expressed his misgivings about CEO Martin Winterkorn, who has led Europe’s largest car manufacturer to...

Another Day, Another ‘Foreign Agent’ Designation in Russia

by Rachel Denber Added 21.04.2015
Anyone lucky enough, as I have been many times, to spend an hour with Svetlana Gannushkina, one of Russia’s top advocates for the rights of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, gets used to the conversation being interrupted at least a dozen...

A War of Values With Russia

by Anders Fogh Rasmussen Added 20.04.2015
Extracts: "For Russia, the threat posed by the Ukrainian protesters was existential. In demanding change, freedom, and democracy – right on Russia’s doorstep, no less – the protesters challenged Putin’s model of 'sovereign democracy,'..." "The...

Effective Altruism

by Peter Singer Added 20.04.2015
PRINCETON – Can humans really be motivated by altruism? My new book, The Most Good You Can Do, discusses the emerging new movement called Effective Altruism, and, in doing interviews about the book, I am surprised by how often that question is...

The Debt Dilemma

by Adair Turner and Susan Lund Added 17.04.2015
LONDON/WASHINGTON, DC – Greece’s divisive negotiations with the EU have placed debt back at the center of debates about economic growth and stability. But Greece is not the only country struggling to repay its existing debt, much less dampen...

Silencing a Veteran Chinese Journalist

by Maya Wang Added 17.04.2015
Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu has already survived the Cultural Revolution, becoming a leading political journalist during the turbulent but hopeful 1980s, and previous stints in jail. On Friday, a Beijing court will present the 71-year-old...

The Challenge of Russia’s Decline

by Joseph S. Nye Added 15.04.2015
Extract: “[Putin] has waged unconventional war in the West, while pursuing closer ties with the East, raising the likelihood that Russia will end up acting as China’s junior partner, without access to the Western capital, technology, and...

Europe’s Poisoned Chalice of Growth

by Barry Eichengreen Added 15.04.2015
CAMBRIDGE – After a double-dip recession and an extended period of stagnation, the eurozone is finally seeing green shoots of recovery. Consumer confidence is rising. Retail sales and new car registrations are up. The European Commission...

The Impact of Energy of China/Myanmar Relations

by Daniel Wagner Added 15.04.2015
China and Myanmar have had a mixed post-war relationship, ranging from warm to hostile, with Burma being the first non-communist country to recognize the PRC in 1949, then expelling much of its Chinese population following anti-Chinese riots in...

Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

by James J. Zogby Added 14.04.2015
In less than two weeks we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian Remembrance Day, April 24th, recalls the horrifying events that resulted in the deaths of more than one million Armenians and the forced...

Corker-Menendez Bill Could Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

by Robert Creamer Added 13.04.2015
This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up a bill sponsored by Senators Corker and Menendez that would give the GOP-controlled Congress veto power over recently-concluded Framework Agreement that would prevent Iran from obtaining...

Hillary Clinton announces presidential campaign: expert reaction

by Inderjeet Parmar, Clodagh Harrington, Rosa Freedman, Russell Bentley, Scott Lucas, and Tom Packer Added 13.04.2015
Former secretary of state, senator and first lady Hillary Clinton has announced her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign. With the race for the presidency now truly underway, our panel of experts unpack what Clinton’s announcement really...

Spain at 70% non-Carbon Electricity: Will it be 1st Net Carbon Zero G-20 State?

by Juan Cole Added 12.04.2015
CleanTechnica reports  that Spain got nearly 70% of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind. In recent years, the conservative government of...

Freedom In Martyrdom

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 11.04.2015
The intensified public discussion about the root causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the  socio-economic and political conditions  that exist in Arab countries and among Arab communities in Europe and the US, which provide a...

Unlike a Rolling Stone: is science really better than journalism at self-correction?

by Ivan Oransky Added 11.04.2015
Rolling Stone’s retraction of an incendiary article about an alleged gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia certainly deserves a place in the pantheon of legendary journalism screw-ups. It is highly unusual – although not...

Will Any Presidential Candidate Commit to Fixing Our Nation's Infrastructure?

by Daniel Wagner and Dante Disparte Added 10.04.2015
This week's power failure in parts of Washington, D.C. are a reminder, as if one were needed, about the deplorable state of infrastructure more generally in the United States. Many of our roads are in miserable shape (and not just because of the...

The Eurozone’s False Recovery

by Philippe Legrain Added 09.04.2015
LONDON – At first glance, the eurozone economy seems like it might finally be on the mend. Stock markets are rallying. Consumer confidence has picked up. Lower oil prices, a cheaper euro, and quantitative easing by the European Central Bank are...

Executions Down, But Not For Juvenile Offenders

by Michael Bochenek Added 09.04.2015
Last year’s record on the death penalty is mixed: executions declined globally from 2013 to 2014, in a sign that public opposition continued to build around the world against capital punishment, while the few countries that continue to impose...

The U.S. and Israel: Diverging Interests

by Lawrence Davidson Added 08.04.2015
Shared Concerns and Interests? It is often alleged that the basis for U.S.-Israeli relations lies in “shared concerns and interests.” However, what really holds the relationship together is a systemic aspect of American politics - the system of...

Horror and Revenge in Iraq

by Fred Abrahams Added 08.04.2015
The images from Tikrit confirm the worst fears: Iraqi forces that retook the city last week have discovered mass graves. When the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) overran Tikrit last June, it announced executing 1,700 “Shi’a...

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

by Daniel Wagner Added 07.04.2015
The Founding Fathers of the United States warned against the perils of dynastic succession in American politics. In 1786, Thomas Jefferson wrote to George Washington that "... a hereditary aristocracy will change the form of our Government from...

A Massacre in Africa

by Gordon Brown Added 06.04.2015
LONDON – Why is it that schools and schoolchildren have become such high-profile targets for murderous Islamist militants? The 147 students killed in an attack by the extremist group Al-Shabab at a college close to Kenya’s border with Somalia...

Iran Versus Saudi Arabia

by Joschka Fischer Added 06.04.2015
BERLIN – The “new” Middle East is now on daily display. Unlike the old Middle East, whose fate was determined by the dominant Western powers (the United Kingdom and France after World War I, and the United States from the 1940s until recently),...

Iran, Not ISIS, Is The Real Menace

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 04.04.2015
Extract: "The nuclear deal may in fact embolden Iran to continue its subversive activities. But it can also allow Iran to turn a page in its relations with the international community and harness its huge human and material resources to become a...

What Iran nuclear framework deal could mean for the region – and the world

by Edward Wastnidge Added 04.04.2015
And so it came, after years of protracted negotiations, extended deadlines and a diplomatic dance of unprecedented proportions – a deal that could signal a new era for Iran’s relations with the world. From media to academia, commentary ranges...

Asian Values RIP

by Ian Buruma Added 04.04.2015
NEW YORK – Few politicians have garnered as many effusive public tributes after their death as Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founder and long-serving former prime minister. A man who was treated as a sage by Henry Kissinger, regarded as a political...

In Defense of Angela Merkel

by Bernard-Henri Levy Added 02.04.2015
PARIS – The recent cover of Der Spiegel showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Acropolis surrounded by Nazi officers serves an important purpose: it finally poses, in a way that cannot be evaded, the question of Germanophobia in...

Europe’s Currency Manipulation

by Stefan Kawalec Added 02.04.2015
WARSAW – The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which the European Union and the United States currently are negotiating, would, studies say, boost welfare and reduce unemployment in both economies, as well as in other...

Air pollution may be damaging children's brains – before they are even born

by Frank Kelly and Julia Kelly Added 02.04.2015
Exposure to air pollutants during pregnancy may contribute to childhood abnormalities in the brain, a new study suggests. The research, from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, measured the exposure of the mothers to PAH air pollution and...

Signs of Life in the Eurozone

by Nouriel Roubini Added 01.04.2015
NEW YORK – The latest economic data from the eurozone suggest that recovery may be at hand. What is driving the upturn? What obstacles does it face? And what can be done to sustain it? The immediate causes of recovery are not difficult to...

Germany wants to bail out its austerity measures – not Greece

by Peter Bloom Added 31.03.2015
After several months of tense and often antagonistic negotiations, Greece and its creditors appear to be at a stalemate. In order to receive a further bail-out funds, the Syriza government has proposed a set of reforms that in the view of...

Last Chance for Ukraine and Europe

by George Soros Added 31.03.2015
LONDON – The European Union stands at a crossroads. The shape it takes five years from now will be decided in the coming 3-5 months. Year after year, the EU has successfully muddled through its difficulties. But now it has to deal with two...

The Monetarist Mistake

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 30.03.2015
BERKELEY – Ideas matter. That is the lesson of Hall of Mirrors, the American economist Barry Eichengreen’s chronicle of the two biggest economic crises of the past 100 years: the twentieth century’s Great Depression and the ongoing Great...

Middle East prepares for meltdown as Sunni states bomb Yemen

by Afshin Shahi Added 30.03.2015
Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and known to have more weapons than citizens, has been a security nightmare for some time – but its recent downturn has finally spurred its neighbours to military action. An unprecedented coalition...

Britain by Itself

by Chris Patten Added 29.03.2015
LONDON – The United Kingdom’s general election is a little more than a month away, but already the campaign seems to have been with us forever, rolling implacably forward, but with little evidence of any genuine excitement – or even significant...

What’s an Industry?

by Lucy P. Marcus Added 29.03.2015
LONDON – Carmakers are afraid of Apple. YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon are upending the television industry. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others have changed consumers’ notions of how – and how much it costs – to communicate with one...

Immunotherapy drugs could herald new era in cancer treatment

by Justin Bryans Added 28.03.2015
Pembrolizumab, an immunotherapy treatment initially approved for advanced melanoma, recently became the first drug to be approved through the UK’s early access to medicine scheme, which gives patients with life threatening or serious conditions...

Are Equities Overvalued?

by Michael Spence Added 26.03.2015
MILAN – Since the global economic crisis, sharp divergences in economic performance have contributed to considerable stock-market volatility. Now, equity prices are reaching relatively high levels by conventional measures – and investors are...

Europe’s Easy-Money Endgame

by Hans-Werner Sinn Added 26.03.2015
MUNICH – The euro has brought a balance-of-payments crisis to Europe, just as the gold standard did in the 1920s. In fact, there is only one difference between the two episodes: During today’s crisis, huge international rescue packages have been...

Entrepreneurialism and National Security

by Daniel Wagner and Dante Disparte Added 26.03.2015
Entrepreneurs are often thought of as risk-takers and visionaries who sometimes pursue lofty goals well beyond their financial resources. Revered for their ability to either enhance the value of existing businesses, or create entirely new...

Likud’s Victory Is Israel’s Defeat

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 25.03.2015
Those of us who regularly observe and try to make sense of the madness sweeping the Middle East often find ourselves, perhaps out of desperation, engaging in wishful thinking, hoping that in the end, reason will prevail over lunacy. We analyze...

Is Jobless Growth Inevitable?

by Sami Mahroum and Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau Added 25.03.2015
ABU DHABI – Ever since the industrial revolution, humans have been ambivalent about technological progress. While new technology has been a major source of liberation, progress, and prosperity, it has also fueled plenty of agony – not least...

What the Islamic State Is Teaching the West About Social Media

by Daniel Wagner Added 24.03.2015
The Islamic State (Daesh) was initially written off by numerous governments as a disparate group of lunatics with little direction or focus, who relied on a range of illegal activities for their financial and military livelihood. That...

Bridge-burning Netanyahu can't walk back his election rhetoric

by Jacob Eriksson Added 24.03.2015
When new Israeli elections were announced in December 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu was confident of victory. The campaign proved to be a very rocky road, but in the end, he and his Likud party survived a significant scare from Isaac Herzog’s Zionist...

The Battle for Russia

by Dominique Moisi Added 23.03.2015
PARIS – When I heard the news about the assassination of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, I was reminded of a conversation I once had with a Soviet dignitary before the fall of the Berlin Wall. We were walking alone in the park at...

A Raisin in the Israeli Sun

by Anne-Marie Slaughter Added 23.03.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” After Israel’s election last week, the country’s friends around the world should...
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If you can forgive, it actually makes it easier to forget

by Malcolm MacLeod and Saima Noreen Added 24.04.2015
At some point in our lives, we have all struggled with the wrongs or perceived wrongs that others have done to us. And being unable to forgive someone is not without its costs. The emotional pain associated with such incidents can severely limit...

Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 23.04.2015
Extract: "A southern loyalist cannot be a patriot; the two ideals are mutually incompatible. You cannot simultaneously love the United States and love the idea of dissolving the bond between states that constitute the country. To claim both is...

Shakespeare’s birthday: ignore the avalanche of adulation – he was a chancer of the first order

by William Leahy Added 23.04.2015
Brace yourself: it’s Shakespeare’s birthday. Once again various effusive articles will circulate citing the Bard’s genius, his humanity, his uniqueness and his godlike wisdom. If you’re lucky, you’ll have got to this one first. The others,...

Selling Impressionism

by David W. Galenson Added 17.04.2015
Extract: Inventing Impressionism  – ” The National Gallery should have the integrity to give this exhibition an honest title, in recognition of the true nature of Durand-Ruel's accomplishment.” On a cool, damp spring morning in London, it is a...

Art And Traif

by Glen Roven Added 16.04.2015
Last December, on the coldest night of the year, I trekked to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and, literally shaking in my boots, searched for the Castor Gallery, a small, but important exhibition space. Wandering around Broome Street trying...

The Modern Papacy and War

by Charles J. Reid Added 16.04.2015
It did not receive nearly the attention it should have. In the last five weeks, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the Holy See's chief diplomatic representative to the United Nations, has  issued calls  for organized military responses against...

Breaking Up and Making Up with Iran

by Cyrus M. Copeland Added 12.04.2015
Finally, to the chagrin of Tom Cotton and Israel hawks, and the delight of Iranians, who reportedly launched firecrackers into the Tehran sky last week, a deal on Iran's controversial nuclear program has emerged. I for one am relieved. As an...

Impossible Dreams: Henry James and Philip Roth

by David W. Galenson Added 11.04.2015
At the age of 50, Henry James created a detailed portrait of an experimental novelist in old age, in his story "The Middle Years." Terminally ill, the novelist Dencombe receives in the mail the published version of what he realizes will be his...

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

by Andrew D. Kaufman Added 09.04.2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the  Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate  at Yasnaya Polyana. In 2012, he named the writer's great great grandson...

How "Legal to Discriminate" Became "Freedom and Liberty"

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 04.04.2015
Enough press attention has been given to the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas that there was initially little incentive to write more. That is, until conservatives reacted to opposition to the laws with an excess that is...
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Producing for Patricia Racette

by Glen Roven Added 22.04.2015
When legendary soprano Patricia Racette, currently starring at the Met in Pagliacci, called and asked if I would like to produce her new CD, I had to pinch myself. This is the kind of request that can make my day, week and month. My heart was...

LaRosa rattles the church windows

by Michael Johnson Added 20.04.2015
Young Boston area players performed a broad range of instrumental and vocal works by the up-and-coming Boston University (BU) composer Christopher LaRosa (in the picture) Friday night at Boston’s United Church of Brookline, virtually rattling...

Contrasts and Dreamscapes

by Michael Johnson Added 11.04.2015
Music Director Andris Nelsons’s Thursday [April 9, 2014] BSO program, comprising a wide range of musical styles and eras, induced an enthusiastic reception in the nearly full house. The program will be repeated tonight (Friday), Saturday and...

Boston Symphony raises the rafters with new Gandolfi work and Mahler SixthS

by James Bash Added 02.04.2015
When scheduling an orchestral program a year or more in advance, it is probably impossible to know how a brand new piece will match up with any other work, but Michael Gandofi’s “Ascending Light,” which received its world premiere last weekend...

H+H delivers mesmerizing performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”

by James Bash Added 29.03.2015
The Handel and Haydn Society celebrated its 200th anniversary with an intense and moving performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” before a full house at Symphony Hall (Boston) on Friday (March 27). H+H’s Music Director Harry Christophers...

How music helps resolve our deepest inner conflicts

by Leonid Perlovsky Added 25.03.2015
Billions of people enjoy music; many feel that they can’t live without it. Why? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries. 2,400 years ago Aristotle wondered, “Why does music, being just sounds, remind us of the...

Review of Benjamin Grosvenor’s piano recital

by James Bash Added 24.03.2015
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor unleashed the subtlest of dynamics and blessed them with just the right tempi during his performance on March 9 at Lincoln Hall at part of Portland Piano International’s recital series. His meticulous artistry brought...

Coming soon: Deljavan’s new Schumann CD

by Michael Johnson Added 14.03.2015
Alessandro Deljavan, the charismatic Italian pianist whose playing created a sensation at the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition, has produced his much-anticipated CD of Robert Schumann works. Distribution is scheduled for the end of...

Simon Barere’s ‘pearls of sheer light’

by Michael Johnson Added 02.03.2015
When the thunderous introduction to Grieg’s piano concerto erupted in Carnegie Hall on a spring evening in 1951, the audience was poised for a great musical experience. Pianist Simon Barere (in the picture) was making his first appearance with...

Review of Seattle Opera’s production of Handel’s “Semele”

by James Bash Added 02.03.2015
You might think that watching a Baroque opera with its endless da capo arias would be akin to watching paint dry, but Seattle Opera’s all-new production of Handel’s “Semele” tosses that notion out the window. This “Semele” has everything going...
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Films like Still Alice are crucial to keeping debate about dementia alive

by Catherine Bailey Added 12.03.2015
In the week following the release of Still Alice, the Oscar-winning film about early onset Alzheimer’s, the disease has again made headlines with the story of Chris Graham, a former soldier who has the disease and is already showing symptoms age...

Still Alice is far from a good thing for dementia awareness

by June Andrews Added 10.03.2015
Still Alice tells the story of a university professor who is diagnosed with an aggressive early-onset dementia. Her intellectual and physical capacity declines cruelly, and it’s certain that she has passed the genetic mutation she inherited on...

Surviving street prostitution: two new films on harrowing realities for women in America

by Karen Boyle Added 04.03.2015
Fresh from its success at Sundance, where the British filmmaker Kim Longinotto picked up the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award, Dreamcatcher has had its UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival. A devastating but ultimately hopeful film,...
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