A Post-Referendum Agenda for Britain

by Chris Patten Added 27.05.2016
LONDON – The end of the wretched campaign to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union against the advice of our friends around the world is less than a month away. The Brexiteers, as they have come to be called, deny all evidence of the...

Three men and a vote: EU referendum is turning into a Tory boys' own story

by Dominic Wring, David Deacon and John Downey Added 25.05.2016
It would have come as something of a surprise to a fair few of the Mail on Sunday’s readers when they opened their copy of the May 22 edition and found the headline “Brexiteers' logic begins to crumble” over a story that said that the leave camp...

America’s Saving Perils

by Stephen S. Roach Added 24.05.2016
NEW HAVEN – US politicians invariably bemoan trade as the enemy of the middle class, the major source of pressure on jobs and wages. The current presidential campaign is no exception: Republicans and Democrats alike have taken aim at both China...

Sykes-Picot, the Secret Middle East Pact by Great Britain and France, Dead at 100

by Joschka Fischer Added 24.05.2016
BERLIN – On May 16, 1916, in the middle of World War I, Great Britain and France signed a secret pact in London. Officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, the deal, negotiated by the diplomats Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, has...

It's irresponsible to compare the EU to the failed demagoguery of Hitler and Napoleon

by Charles Esdaile Added 20.05.2016
It was always inevitable that history was going to take its place in the European debate: not only do historians have a duty to reach out beyond the ivory tower and engage with and inform public debate, but the last three centuries are replete...

Brexit would be death knell for British influence in the world

by Catherine Gegout Added 19.05.2016
David Cameron warned in a major foreign policy speech on May 9 that peace and stability cannot be assured in Europe if the UK leaves the European Union. The prime minister is right: the EU is a guarantee for peace in Europe. But at least as...

Preparing for President Trump

by Bill Emmott Added 18.05.2016
LONDON – As America’s friends and allies look on in astonishment at the all-but-certain prospect of a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in November’s US presidential election, they need to do more than just wring their hands. They...

The Queen’s Chinese Guests from Hell

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 17.05.2016
"Yet Chinese officials’ deportment in London on their latest visit demonstrated a particular kind of arrogance, offering insight into the way China’s leaders regard their country’s position in the world today. They seem to believe that China has...

Double Standard in Defending Christians

by James J. Zogby Added 17.05.2016
  Christians in the Levant, especially those in Syria, Iraq, and Palestine, are facing grave challenges that are either misunderstood or ignored in the West. In recent years, protecting them or even acknowledging their existence has only been a...

How Turkey Became A De Facto Dictatorship

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 14.05.2016
The forced resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing—President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions....

Europe Sells Out

by Guy Verhofstadt Added 14.05.2016
"Yanis Varoufakis, a former Greek finance minister, said that by agreeing to the EU-Turkey deal, Europe has “lost its soul.” That seems too generous. Europe has sold its soul. As a result, it is in danger of undermining its own raison d’être."...

Helicopters on a Leash

by Adair Turner Added 12.05.2016
"It was deflation, not hyperinflation, that destroyed the Weimar Republic. Hitler’s electoral breakthrough of 1932 was achieved amid rapidly falling prices." PARIS – Faced with a slowing global economy, a number of observers – including former...

Rescaling China’s Debt Mountain

by Barry Eichengreen Added 11.05.2016
MONTREAL – There is widespread agreement on two facts about the Chinese economy. First, the slowdown has ended and growth is picking up. Second, not all is well financially. But there is no agreement on what happens next. The good news is that...

Russia’s Gloomy Prospects

by Anders Åslund and Simon Commander Added 10.05.2016
MOSCOW – Russia’s economic prospects are looking increasingly grim. Last year, plunging energy prices and international sanctions contributed to a 3.7% fall in GDP. Real wages in the country plummeted by around 10%. This year, the negative trend...

Reinventing Europe

by Joschka Fischer Added 07.05.2016
"The euro might not survive. Despite signs of a moderate economic recovery in the eurozone, the gap between Germany and most other eurozone countries is widening and deepening.................And yet it is clear that if the euro fails, the whole...

The Making of Euro-Jihadism

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 07.05.2016
"........the Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan, a grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, is a Swiss citizen and a resident of the United Kingdom.........argues that Islamic ethics and values should be injected into the European...

Russia and Israel’s Middle East Dance

by Daniel Wagner Added 07.05.2016
Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel’s triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow’s military support....

Sadiq Khan: British dream now a reality for London's first Muslim mayor

by Parveen Akhtar Added 07.05.2016
In Pakistan, the chances that the son of a bus or rickshaw driver could secure a high-ranking political position in the country’s capital city are minuscule. But now, the people of London have elected Sadiq Khan – the son of an immigrant...

Harnessing the Genomics Revolution

by Gerardo Jimenez-Sanchez Added 05.05.2016
CAMBRIDGE – Just 13 years after the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, the power of genomics applications to spur innovation is already becoming apparent. Indeed, though the genomics revolution is just getting underway, it is...

Anti-Semitism From the Left

by Ian Buruma Added 03.05.2016
NEW YORK – The former London mayor and left-wing Labour politician Ken Livingstone has been suspended from his party for claiming that Hitler was a Zionist in the early 1930s. According to Livingstone, “before he went mad and ended up killing...

The Global Growth Funk

by Nouriel Roubini Added 03.05.2016
NEW YORK – The International Monetary Fund and others have recently revised downward their forecasts for global growth – yet again. Little wonder: The world economy has few bright spots – and many that are dimming rapidly. Among advanced...

From Cairo to Goldberg

by James J. Zogby Added 02.05.2016
  Earlier this month "The Atlantic" magazine featured a cover story, "The Obama Doctrine", written by Jeffery Goldberg. Based on the author's many hours of interviews with President Obama, it represents an attempt to find a coherent framework...

Clinton or Trump Would Offer a Similar Foreign Policy

by Daniel Wagner Added 30.04.2016
For many decades the U.S. has vacillated between interventionism and isolationism, so the stark contrast between George W. Bush’s brash ‘engagement’ with the world versus Barack Obama’s ‘withdrawal’ from the world is not outside the historical...

A 'serious' foreign policy speech doesn't make Trump any less terrifying

by John M Thompson Added 30.04.2016
After a clean sweep of convincing wins in the latest slew of primaries, Donald Trump looks better placed than ever to secure enough delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination. As Trump put it, with characteristic swagger, he...

Don’t Do Stupid Economic Stuff

by Jean Pisani-Ferry Added 29.04.2016
PARIS – On August 30, 2013, the United States was about to launch air strikes on Syria, where more than a thousand civilians had died in a sarin gas attack perpetrated by the army of President Bashar al-Assad. But a few hours before the strikes...

Rescue Helicopters for Stranded Economies

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 29.04.2016
BERKELEY – For countries where nominal interest rates are at or near zero, fiscal stimulus should be a no-brainer. As long as the interest rate at which a government borrows is less than the sum of inflation, labor-force growth, and...

What’s Wrong with Normal?

by Chris Patten Added 26.04.2016
LONDON – In Britain these days, one can’t avoid hearing and seeing more and more about the wretched campaign to spit in the face of the world (and of reality) and quit the European Union. Visiting the United States, as I recently did, provides...

Betting markets declare the Sanders campaign all but dead

by Leighton Vaughan Williams Added 26.04.2016
“The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight,” declared Hillary Clinton in the victory speech heralding her resounding New York primary triumph over Bernie Sanders. If anything, that’s an understatement....

How Germany Views Brexit

by Clemens Fuest Added 23.04.2016
MUNICH – On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether their country will leave the European Union. They alone will cast ballots, but the political and economic impact of a vote to leave (“Brexit”) would be felt across the EU, if...

Obama's disdain for Europe's 'free riders' makes this an awkward transatlantic trip

by Scott Lucas Added 22.04.2016
Barack Obama’s visit to Britain, brings with it plenty of chatter about the so-called “special relationship” between the US and the UK. Coming as Britain prepares for a referendum on European Union membership, the visit has already kicked off a...

The Promise of E-Procurement

by Bjørn Lomborg Added 20.04.2016
COPENHAGEN – Corruption is a huge problem across the globe. In Africa, it is estimated that one-quarter of the continent’s GDP is “lost to corruption each year.” In Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank believes that corruption may...

Six Policies Obama wants Saudi Arabia to Change

by Juan Cole Added 20.04.2016
After his critical comments in an interview in The Atlantic last month, Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia  is going to be awkward, as DPA rightly says. The president accused the Gulf states of always trying to push the US into war for the...

Saudi Arabia—A Kingdom In Retreat

by Alon Ben-Meier Added 16.04.2016
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was once at the front and center of the Arab world and a significant player on the global stage due to its oil riches, has been steadily losing its regional influence and prominent role. In recent years, Saudi...

Donald Trump's nuclear threats could trash the global order

by Michelle Bentley Added 16.04.2016
Donald Trump has once again violated all mainstream thinking to advance a dangerous and deviant policy, this time on nuclear weapons. The wannabe Republican presidential nominee recently said the US needs a policy of “unpredictability”. This...

'Helicopter money' – why economists are now thinking the unthinkable

by Stewart Lansley Added 15.04.2016
"Helicopter money is now being pressed by ........a growing number of high-profile and mainstream economists...." For the 85th month in a row, the Bank of England has voted to keep interest rates at a low of 0.5%. Along with the European Central...

The Domestic Threat to US Leadership

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 13.04.2016
CAMBRIDGE – US President Barack Obama has racked up a series of foreign-policy triumphs over the last 12 months. But one that has gained less attention than others was the passage last December of legislation to reform the International Monetary...

Russia’s Middle East Success

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 13.04.2016
MADRID – After years on the sidelines, Russia is back at the center of the Middle East geostrategic game. Against the background of an equivocal United States policy, Russia’s calculated intervention in the Syrian civil war is a rare case in...

Horses for Courses? The Candidates and the Economy

by David Coates Added 13.04.2016
It may be difficult to believe right now, but eventually the nightmare will be over. The race for the presidency will end, and we will be free of the daily media diet of who is ahead, who is behind, and who might get ahead as others falter. Time...

EU referendum: British media coverage of Europe is letting voters down

by Christoph Meyer Added 13.04.2016
As the debate about Britain’s place in Europe intensifies ahead of June’s referendum on EU membership, the role of the press has come under close scrutiny. Alastair Campbell, who was director of communications to the former British prime...

Will Britain Choose Irrelevance?

by Dambisa Moyo Added 13.04.2016
"Meanwhile, Martin Dempsey, a retired army general and former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that the world has entered the most dangerous period he has ever witnessed. Developing countries are home to roughly 90% of the...

Brexit and the Balance of Power

by Joseph S. Nye Added 11.04.2016
CAMBRIDGE – Britain joined what became the European Union in 1973. This year, on June 23, it will hold a referendum on whether to leave. Should it? Current polls show a closely divided electorate. Prime Minister David Cameron claims that the...

Western Mistakes, Remade in China

by Adair Turner Added 07.04.2016
SHANGHAI – The Chinese economy faces an enormously challenging transition. To achieve its goal of joining the world’s high-income countries, the government has rightly urged a “decisive role for the market.” But, while market competition works...

Panama Papers: remarkable global media operation holds rich and powerful to account

by Paul Lashmar Added 04.04.2016
With the Panama Papers exposé perhaps we can now say the fortress walls of offshore secrecy are finally cracking. Such havens allow corruption and tax avoidance to take place on a massive international scale by some of the richest and most...

Debunking America’s Populist Narrative

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 02.04.2016
BERKELEY – One does not need to be particularly good at hearing to decipher the dog whistles being used during this year’s election campaign in the United States. Listen even briefly, and you will understand that Mexicans and Chinese are working...

Preparing for Europe’s Next Recession

by Jean Pisani-Ferry Added 02.04.2016
PARIS – If you do not understand what is happening to the eurozone economy, you are not alone. One day we are told that growth is definitely passé; the next that recovery is on track; and the third that the European Central Bank is considering...

Is Belgium's nuclear security up to scratch?

by Robert J Downes and Daniel Salisbury Added 02.04.2016
Belgium’s counter-terrorism efforts are once again being called into question following the recent tragedies in Brussels. The attacks were carried out against soft targets – the public check-in area of Brussels Airport and Maelbeek metro station...

Unconventional Monetary Policy on Stilts

by Nouriel Roubini Added 01.04.2016
NEW YORK – With most advanced economies experiencing anemic recoveries from the 2008 financial crisis, their central banks have been forced to move from conventional monetary policy – reducing policy rates via open-market purchases of short-term...

The Putins of the EU

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 29.03.2016
MOSCOW – One of the saddest ironies of this year’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union is that Hungary and Poland, always the most restless of the Soviet empire’s captured nations, are now led by men...

China’s Economic Identity Crisis

by Stephen S. Roach Added 29.03.2016
BEIJING – Unlike the West, where former US President George H.W. Bush once mockingly referred to “the vision thing,” China takes economic strategy very seriously. That much was clear at the recent China Development Forum (CDF) in Beijing, an...

Jerusalem First

by Laura Wharton Added 29.03.2016
JERUSALEM – Jerusalem is not one city, but two. Nearly 50 years after Israel captured East Jerusalem, the city remains as divided as ever. As its neighborhoods suffer from a new wave of violence, acknowledging this reality is becoming...
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Fight Between Faith and Reason: Trump and the Consequences of Ignorance

by  Jeff Schweitzer Added 27.05.2016
" The earth, and its human occupants, reached an important milestone last week. Carbon dioxide levels for the first time in hominid history surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm).... .....But the GOP hangs tightly to the fifteenth century on the...

Theranos teaches Silicon Valley a hard lesson about accountability

by Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld and Vivek Wadhwa Added 24.05.2016
The Theranos saga hit another low last week when the company informed regulators that it was voiding two years of tests from its Edison blood testing devices and sending of tens-of-thousands of revised tests results to doctors. This means that...

A Time for Graciousness: Memo to Senator Sanders’ Campaign

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 21.05.2016
I have supported Senator Bernie Sanders throughout this campaign. I caucused for him in Minnesota where I live and I have commented favorably on his campaign to friends, to family, and in these pages. I am proud of my support for his candidacy...

Democratic Primaries in the Shadow of Neoliberalism

by David Coates Added 21.05.2016
  There is an understandable tendency, when in the thick of a long set of presidential primaries, to treat all of them simply as exercises in the choice between individual candidates, and to make them as much about character as about policy....

What Would George Washington Do?

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 20.05.2016
What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama’s candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological...

Trump’s demand that Apple must make iPhones in the U.S. actually isn’t that crazy

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 18.05.2016
Donald Trump has promised that “we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.” He said this at a speech at Virginia’s Liberty University and several other events. It is...

Britain is no longer an island: a historian's take on the Brexit debate

by Peter Ghosh Added 14.05.2016
"Since 1914, and much more obviously since 1939, this view of the world has collapsed. The world wars showed that Britain could not defend its parliament and traditional “English” liberties without help from the Americans and Soviets – and the...

How crowdfunding can help save Silicon Valley from its harebrained investors

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 14.05.2016
There are fears that another Ice Age is about to hit Silicon Valley because of the implosion of its unicorns — start-ups valued at more than one billion dollars. By one estimate there were 229 such companies in January of this year. Their...

Are Insects Conscious?

by Peter Singer Added 12.05.2016
MELBOURNE – Last summer, a cabbage white butterfly laid its eggs on an arugula I was growing. Before long, the plant was swarming with green caterpillars, well disguised against the green leaves. I had other arugula plants, some distance away,...

Picasso's Best Friend Forever

by David Galenson Added 12.05.2016
Few powerful kings or beautiful women were ever painted by as many great artists as the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. His distinctive square head, with its prominent jaw, was painted by, among others, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau,...
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What grammar pedants and fashion victims have in common

by Rob Drummond Added 05.03.2016
Language pedants who take pleasure in policing other people’s use of grammar often have an air of respectability about them, but it’s usually a sheen hiding something more pernicious. Rather than actual rules of language, pedantry deals in...

War and Peace: a user's guide

by Sarah Hudspith Added 09.01.2016
War and Peace is more than a novel. It’s a reflection of Leo Tolstoy’s strongly held beliefs – a philosophical tract, not just about politics, war, love, marriage and property, but about history itself and the way the affairs of society are...

How does autobiography work in fiction?

by Mary L. Tabor Added 08.12.2015
You know the line: Truth is stranger than fiction? I have a twist on that. I’ve learned through the writing of three books and a fourth in process as I write this essay that the fictional account of my stories have greater emotional truth and...

Alexievich’s Achievement

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 23.10.2015
NEW YORK – It was 1985, and change was in the air in the Soviet Union. Aging general secretaries were dropping like flies. Elem Klimov’s cinematic magnum opus “Come and See” depicted World War II without the heroics on which we were reared,...

Why Satin Island should win the Man Booker Prize

by David Rudrum Added 25.09.2015
How many novels can truly be called epoch-defining? Ulysses, obviously. Don Quixote, War and Peace and maybe The Sorrows of Young Werther. Beyond Europe’s insular frontiers, The Tale of Genji defined its epoch way back in 11th century Japan....

Dinnertime storytelling makes kids voracious reader

by Anne Fishel Added 18.09.2015
"Rare words, those that go beyond the 3,000 most common ones, are 10 times more likely to show up in dinner conversation than in storybooks. " As a young child, I loved to imagine myself as a pioneer girl in Little House in the Big Woods, eating...

Lore Segal on How to Think About Virtue: An Interview

by Mary L. Tabor Added 06.09.2015
Lore Segal, author of Shakespeare’s Kitchen , Her First American and Other People’s Houses , talked with Mary L. Tabor on thinking about questions of goodness and virtue, a conversation that began in 1997 while Segal was working on Shakespeare’s...
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Drawing on musical emotion --- it’s all in the eyes

by Michael Johnson Added 28.05.2016
For the past few years I have focused my critical sense mainly on piano music and my artwork on the performers who struggle to play it. The faces of some pianists mirror the creative process and thereby inspire my approach to their portraits. My...

Sendak restorations highlight “The Magic Flute” in Portland Opera production

by James Bash Added 14.05.2016
Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” sounded better than ever in Portland Opera’s opening night performance (May 6th) because of the sets that were designed by Maurice Sendak, the beloved children’s book illustrator and author who created “Where the Wild...

Big hair: Classical pianism meets show business

by Michael Johnson Added 06.05.2016
Many young pianists, increasingly desperate to draw attention to themselves, are resorting to new levels of flamboyance at the keyboard – sometimes in their interpretations, more often in excessive showboating antics. It would seem that everyone...

Prokofiev on fire in Bordeaux

by Michael Johnson Added 29.04.2016
“Alexander Nevsky”, the cantata version of Sergei Prokofiev’s film score from 1938, captivated a full house at the Bordeaux Auditorium last night (Thursday, April 28) with a degree of fire and heart that other orchestras often lack. Paul Daniel...

The pianist’s hidden secret: a great tuner -- man or woman

by Michael Johnson Added 07.04.2016
Tanglewood chief piano technician Barbara Renner once won a $50 bet by proving to a male tuner that she could manipulate the nine-foot Steinway Model D as well as any man. And she has gone on to thrive in this man’s world of piano tuning, never...

Sharp contrasts and rarefied beauty from the Cantata Singers

by Michael Johnson Added 04.04.2016
In an adventurous programming gambit Friday night (April 1) the Cantata Singers and Ensemble under David Hoose matched up two opposites – Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Webern – and concluded with the monumental Brahms Requiem, all impeccably...

Nagano’s Quebec orchestra triumphs in Boston

by Michael Johnson Added 18.03.2016
Kent Nagano made a triumphal return to Boston Wednesday evening (March 16) with his Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, conducting there for the first time in many years before a wildly enthusiastic audience. Amid the seven curtain calls and two...

Soprano substitute wins the day in Seattle Opera’s “Maria Stuarda”

by James Bash Added 17.03.2016
Joyce El-Khoury [picture below] made her Seattle Opera debut in grand style, replacing an ill Serena Farnocchia with just a couple of days’ notice, and sang her heart out in the title role of Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” (“Mary Stuart”) on...

Georges Cziffra’s ‘tiny hot pearls’

by Michael Johnson Added 07.03.2016
Pianist Georges Cziffra couldn’t believe his eyes when a young soldier delivered an upright piano to him on a military base in Hungary in 1942. The soldier called it “that little cupboard you tap on to make music – sorry, I don’t know the word...

In the Service: Koussevitzky of Boston

by Michael Johnson Added 01.03.2016
"[......] music-lovers watched the obituary columns to guess when new subscription seats might become available." A few months ago I set out to piece together the true story of Serge Koussevitzky, the complex, flawed and almost forgotten genius...
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SPOTLIGHT illuminates the unique power of journalism to uncover societal scandals

by David Pilgrim Added 04.02.2016
Like All The President’s Men before it, Spotlight, which was released recently to critical acclaim, reassures its audience that the American mass media is not all soundbites and superficiality at the behest of owners. Both films are stories of...

The Danish Girl: all skirt and no substance

by Clare Tebbutt Added 02.01.2016
It was with some trepidation that I went to watch The Danish Girl. Prior to its release the film had already attracted accusations of transphobia for director Tom Hooper’s decision to cast the cisgender actor Eddie Redmayne in the title role of...

Spectre review: James Bond makes his mark in an age of cybersecurity

by Joseph Oldham Added 30.10.2015
Daniel Craig’s entry into the Bond world was more than a change of face: he also brought in an abrupt about turn in style, from the fantastical to the gritty. The fourth Craig Bond, Spectre, takes us further down this road: unambiguously into a...
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