When Geopolitical Conditions And Moral Values Converge

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 21.01.2018
The geopolitical developments in the Middle East over the past fifteen years have created new political and security dynamics engendered by the violent turmoil and profound concerns over the Iranian threat, shared by Israel and the Arab states....

Trump’s lies savaged by Republican senator – but will anyone care?

by Matthew Mokhefi-Ashton Added 21.01.2018
Retiring Republican US senator Jeff Flake isn’t the first person to critique US president Donald Trump’s rocky relationship with the truth. But he’s the most prominent person within his own party to – and that he chose to make his speech in the...

Beyond the Madness: Donald Trump and the Resetting of America’s Social Contract

by David Coates Added 15.01.2018
                The daily circus that is the visible face of contemporary American politics keeps our gaze firmly fixed on the character of the ring-master: but it does so to our long-term cost. Admittedly, it is quite a circus, and one heck of...

Trump is an unfit president – when will his backers run out of uses for him?

by Scott Lucas Added 14.01.2018
A week after the release of a book depicting him as not intelligent enough and not mentally fit to be trusted as commander-in-chief, Donald Trump has done it again. On the same day he cancelled a visit to London to open the new US embassy there,...

China wants to dominate the world’s green energy markets – here’s why

by Chris G. Pope Added 14.01.2018
If there is to be an effective response to climate change, it will probably emanate from China. The geopolitical motivations are clear. Renewable energy is increasingly inevitable, and those that dominate the markets in these new technologies...

A Party That Has Lost Its Soul

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 11.01.2018
As the mid-term political campaigns begin, perhaps we should pause and think where this country is headed under the leadership of Trump, with the House and Senate in control of the Republican party—a party that has lost its soul and its way,...

Ready or Not for the Next Recession?

by Barry Eichengreen Added 10.01.2018
COPENHAGEN – A sunny day is the best time to check whether the roof is watertight. For economic policymakers, the proverbial sunny day has arrived: with experts forecasting strong growth, now is the best time to check whether we are prepared for...

Breaking Bannon

by Elizabeth Drew Added 08.01.2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The just-released book about Donald Trump and his dysfunctional presidency (Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House) has left much of Washington reeling. Despite the White House’s constitutionally dubious threat to try to...

The Roots of Western Tribalism

by Sami Mahroum Added 05.01.2018
ABU DHABI – In Hermann Hesse’s novel Journey to the East, the character of H.H., a novice in a religious group known as The League, describes a figurine depicting himself next to the group’s leader, Leo. “It seemed that, in time, all the...

Why Low Inflation Is No Surprise

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 04.01.2018
BERKELEY – The fact that inflation has remained stubbornly low across the global North has come as a surprise to many economic observers. In September, the always sharp and thoughtful Nouriel Roubini of New York University attributed this trend...

Why Is Russia Resurrecting Ivan the Terrible?

by Dina Khapaeva Added 29.12.2017
ATLANTA – While much of the world is busy dismantling monuments to oppressors, Russians are moving in the opposite direction, erecting statues to medieval warlords who were famous for their despotism. Understanding this revival can shed light on...

A Trump New Year

by Elizabeth Drew Added 28.12.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – As US President Donald Trump decamped to his mansion-cum-private club in Palm Beach, Florida, for the holidays, he left Washington, DC, on edge. It’s obvious that Trump and his strong allies in Congress – he has more than one...

The EU Must Recognize the Palestinian State

by Javier Solana Added 20.12.2017
MADRID – Once again, US President Donald Trump has taken a unilateral approach to foreign policy – this time, by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And once again, Trump has misinterpreted the realities of the Middle East. Given...

Profiles in Cowardice

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 19.12.2017
NEW YORK – The fate of nations often comes down to the choices made by a handful of individuals at a particular moment in history. Today, the United States is facing just such a moment. What a handful of individual Republicans decide will shape...

Complacency Will Be Tested in 2018

by Stephen S. Roach Added 15.12.2017
NEW HAVEN – After years of post-crisis despair, the broad consensus of forecasters is now quite upbeat about prospects for the global economy in 2018. World GDP growth is viewed as increasingly strong, synchronous, and inflation-free. Exuberant...

Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

by Nouriel Roubini Added 11.12.2017
NEW YORK – Donald Trump won the US presidency with the backing of working-class and socially conservative white voters on a populist platform of economic nationalism. Trump rejected the Republican Party’s traditional pro-business, pro-trade...

The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

by George Soros Added 08.12.2017
NEW YORK – In October, Hungary’s government mailed questionnaires to all four million of the country’s households asking for peoples’ views on seven statements describing my alleged plan to flood Europe, and Hungary in particular, with Muslim...

Trump’s Willing Accomplices

by Ian Buruma Added 05.12.2017
NEW YORK – On February 20, 1933, a secret meeting took place in Hermann Göring’s palatial residence in Berlin. More than 20 of Germany’s top industrialists, including Gustav Krupp, Friedrich Flick, and Fritz von Opel, listened to a speech by...

The Madness of King Donald

by Elizabeth Drew Added 04.12.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Much of America’s capital has entered a state of near-panic. In recent days, President Donald Trump has been acting more bizarrely than ever, and the question raised in the mind of politicians and civilians alike, though rarely...

The Limits of Carbon Pricing

by Adair Turner Added 30.11.2017
LONDON – In 2004, German households installing rooftop solar energy systems received a guaranteed price of €0.57 ($0.68) per kilowatt hour (kWh) generated. In Mexico last week, a large-scale energy auction was won at a bid price of $0.0177 per...

Donald Trump Thought

by Chris Patten Added 28.11.2017
LONDON – After US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to China, it can only be a matter of time before right-wing media outlets like Breitbart News and Fox News suggest that he should take a page from President Xi Jinping’s playbook, despite...

America’s Supply-Side Scam

by Stephen S. Roach Added 25.11.2017
NEW HAVEN – Tax cuts masquerading as tax reform are the best way to describe the thrust of Washington’s latest policy gambit. The case is largely political – namely, the urgency of a Republican Congress to deliver a legislative victory for a...

Reagan’s Tax Reforms Revisited

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 25.11.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Republicans must, President Donald Trump has commanded, pass their sweeping US tax bill by Christmas. Otherwise, they will have no major accomplishment to show for an entire year during which they have controlled...

Roy Moore: Guilty of Abusing Girls and Religion

by James J. Zogby Added 20.11.2017
In the philosophy of language, we learn the simple truth that the meaning of a word is how it's used in a sentence. The same lesson can be applied to religion—with the meaning of religious language best understood by how it is being used.   I...

In the Era of Virtual Terrorism, All Cyber-Enabled Nations are Equal

by Daniel Wagner Added 20.11.2017
  Governments spy on one another, and on their people―that is what governments do. They always have and they always will. But in the era of Virtual Terrorism, spying has been taken to a whole new dimension, wherein access to other nations’...

The Saudi Prince’s Dangerous War Games

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 18.11.2017
TEL AVIV – A series of stunning political developments, originating in Saudi Arabia, has been roiling an already volatile Middle East. Is a major new war in the offing? Saudi Arabia’s ambitious 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman...

Former CIA Dir.: Trump is afraid of Putin Kompromat

by Juan Cole Added 13.11.2017
Two former intelligence officials on Sunday more or less said openly that Trump is compromised by Russia. Jake Tapper asked former CIA head John Brennan about Trump’s statement on Friday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when he...

The Opiate of the Bosses

by Lucy P. Marcus Added 13.11.2017
LONDON – Business ethics are again making headlines. This time, the focus is on the rapidly escalating opioid crisis that is destroying lives across the United States. While there is plenty of blame to go around, the largest share of the guilt...

Speaking to the Far Right

by Ian Buruma Added 07.11.2017
NEW YORK – Something many right-wing populists have in common is a peculiar form of self-pity: the feeling of being victimized by the liberal media, academics, intellectuals, “experts” – in short, by the so-called elites. The liberal elites, the...

How Americans Became Vulnerable to Russian Disinformation

by Kent Harrington Added 07.11.2017
ATLANTA – As the United States marks the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s election, the question of how Trump won still commands attention, with Russia’s role moving increasingly to center stage. Each new revelation in the...

The Plot Against America’s 99%

by Nouriel Roubini Added 06.11.2017
NEW YORK – After multiple failed attempts to “repeal and replace” the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), US President Donald Trump’s administration now hopes to achieve its first legislative victory with a massive tax giveaway that it has...

The Conscience of a Conservative?

by Graham Allison Added 04.11.2017
CAMBRIDGE – In a recent speech that received much attention in the United States and abroad, US Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, announced that he would not seek reelection. To agree with the reasoning Flake offered in defense of...

Then they came for the experts: how the Daily Mail is threatening how you think

by Carl Fox Added 01.11.2017
In “Our Remainer Universities”, a belligerent front-page article published recently, the Daily Mail attempted to portray academics working in British universities as hopelessly biased and hyperbolic bullies, ideologically and financially...

The Next Fed Chair

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 26.10.2017
CAMBRIDGE – US President Donald Trump’s administration is expected, by November 2, to announce its choice, subject to Senate approval, to succeed Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board in February 2018. The White House has indicated...

Trump’s Republican Collaborators

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 25.10.2017
NEW YORK – After nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the leaders of the Republican Party appear finally to be waking up to the harsh reality that their country stands at the edge of an abyss. They now have a choice: they can either...

Empowering China’s New Miracle Workers

by Michael Spence Added 24.10.2017
MILAN – As the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress has unfolded, much of the focus has been on who will occupy the key positions in President Xi Jinping’s administration for the next five years. But China’s future trajectory depends...

China vs. the Washington Consensus

by Adair Turner Added 24.10.2017
EDINBURGH – In 2013, Chinese President Xi Xinping heartened many Western economists by committing to a “decisive role” for the market within China’s economy. Four years on, expectations of significant market-oriented reform have been dashed, and...

China’s Contradictions

by Stephen S. Roach Added 24.10.2017
NEW HAVEN – China’s quinquennial Communist Party congresses are that rare event where ritual and dogma combine with introspection and strategy. The 19th National Congress, which began on October 18, is no exception. Notwithstanding the suspense...

Is China a Poor Cousin or a Global Leader

by Daniel Wagner Added 24.10.2017
President Xi’s speech at the opening ceremony of the Communist Party’s 19th Congress was certainly bold and impressive, stressing the country’s many achievements, and his belief that China is on the precipice of becoming a ‘great’ global power....

The Not-So-Dire Future of Work

by Zia Qureshi Added 21.10.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – The future of work is a hot topic nowadays. It has inspired a seemingly endless train of analyses, commentaries, and conferences, and it featured prominently in last week’s annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and...

Why a battle for euro clearing is raging against the backdrop of Brexit

by Shabbir Dastgir Added 20.10.2017
While talks about the nature of the UK’s departure from the European Union stumble on, the loss of euro clearing from London is often touted as a potential dramatic effect of Brexit. But what exactly is at stake here? Who loses if the industry...

Is Vladimir Putin Losing His Grip?

by Anders Åslund Added 19.10.2017
MOSCOW – In 1984, just before Mikhail Gorbachev’s ascent to power, there was a sense in Moscow that the Soviet Union was petrified, and nothing could change. Then everything did change, exposing the extent of the transformation that had occurred...

Europe’s Attackers From Within

by Joschka Fischer Added 18.10.2017
BERLIN – Europe finally appears to have moved past its multi-year economic crisis, but it remains unsettled. For every reason for optimism, there always seems to be a new cause for concern. In June 2016, a slim majority of British voters chose...

The Challenge to Restore Sanity

by James J. Zogby Added 17.10.2017
  Despite the fact that the stock market is at record highs and the unemployment rate, which began its substantial decline during the Obama Administration, is now at record lows, we spend our days haunted by the gnawing sense that life has spun...

The Case Against Free-Market Capitalism

by Ngaire Woods Added 12.10.2017
OXFORD – Free-market capitalism is on trial. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accuses neoliberalism of increasing homelessness, throwing children into poverty, and causing wages to fall below subsistence level. For the...

Another Nobel Surprise for Economics

by Robert J. Shiller Added 11.10.2017
NEW HAVEN – The winner of this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago, is a controversial choice. Thaler is known for his lifelong pursuit of behavioral economics (and its subfield,...

Why Richard Thaler won the 2017 economics Nobel Prize

by Sergey V. Popov Added 10.10.2017
The 49th Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences – commonly referred to as the Nobel Prize for economics – has been awarded to Richard H Thaler for his contributions to behavioural economics. He was a key proponent of the idea that humans...

The North Korean Cult

by Ian Buruma Added 09.10.2017
NEW YORK – The absurdity of the North Korean dictatorship is easy to caricature. Kim Jong-un, with his 1930s-style pudding-bowl haircut (cultivated, it is claimed, to make him resemble his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, the regime’s founder), his...

Six things to know about mass shootings in America

by Frederic Lemieux Added 04.10.2017
America has experienced yet another mass shooting, this time at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is reportedly the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. As a criminologist, I have reviewed recent...

The Dangers of Demographic Denial

by Adair Turner Added 03.10.2017
LONDON – Across emerging economies, the benefits of a “demographic dividend” have become a familiar refrain. Politicians and business leaders alike – be it in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, or Tanzania – talk glowingly of how a fast-growing and...
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What are the odds of Trump surviving 2018 in office? An expert crunches the numbers

by Christoph Siemroth Added 21.01.2018
Donald Trump has been under constant fire from critics since he began his campaign in the summer of 2015, and his presidency has so far been perhaps the most chaotic and bizarre in recent decades. But as he approaches the first anniversary of...

Prisoners of Pain

by Peter Singer Added 17.01.2018
PRINCETON – Last month, an Egyptian court sentenced Laura Plummer, a 33-year old English shop worker, to three years in prison for smuggling 320 doses of tramadol into the country. Tramadol is a prescription opioid available in the United...

What supplements do scientists use, and why?

by Simon Bishop, Graeme Close, Justin Roberts, Neil Williams, Haleh Moravej and Tim Spector Added 12.01.2018
Supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. But, unlike pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of these products don’t have to prove that their products are effective, only that they are safe – and that’s for new supplements only. We...

The Ukrainian prison massacre: more than a footnote to history

by Michael Johnson Added 09.01.2018
Two American academics who lost relatives in the liquidation of Western Ukrainian political prisoners in World War II have compiled the first exhaustive account of this little-known Soviet killing spree. What happened? As the Germans advanced...

How we discovered the link between childhood trauma, a faulty stress response and suicide risk in later life

by Daryl O'Connor Added 09.01.2018
When people experience stress, the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys release a steroid hormone called cortisol. However, our latest study shows that people who have experienced high levels of trauma in childhood, and who have...

Why society should talk about forced sex in intimate relationships, too

by Shervin Assari Added 08.01.2018
In the wake of the deluge of news about sexual harassment and alleged assaults by several high-profile and powerful men, it is important to look at the causes and consequences of forced sex in the workplace – but also in intimate relationships....

Stop worrying about not getting enough exercise and being too stressed – you may live longer

by Robin Bailey Added 07.01.2018
It’s January, so it’s likely that you have set yourself goals to be more physically active and less stressed in 2018. Paradoxically, better goals would be to stop worrying about how much exercise you’re getting and to stop worrying about being...

Degas’ Doubt

by David Galenson Added 06.01.2018
Paul Valéry met Edgar Degas in 1896, and the two were friends for the two decades that remained in Degas’ life – the poet, almost 30 years younger, was in awe of the older painter, whom he considered a genius, and the painter was clearly...

The secret to creativity – according to science

by Valerie van Mulukom Added 04.01.2018
Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of mindblowing creativity. Imagination is what propels us...

Defining What It Means to Be Religious

by James J. Zogby Added 03.01.2018
Ever since we learned that eighty percent of self-described "born-again" Christians supported Donald Trump's candidacy for president, there has been a discussion about how these Christians define their faith. This debate recently intensified...
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The Literary Magic of Harry Potter

by William A. Gleason Added 23.09.2017
PRINCETON – This summer, at literary festivals and bookstores around the world, readers celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the debut of the first book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (re-titled...

I Love Dick: The novel and the Amazon series in brief

by Mary L. Tabor Added 22.08.2017
Have to begin by saying that I was turned on to the book from Jill Soloway's fantastic first episodes of the show on Amazon with the marvelous actors Kevin Bacon as Dick, Kathryn Hahn as Chris and Griffin Dunne as her real-life-then husband and...

‘Wrong Notes’ – the skeleton key to free thinking

by Jack Kohl Added 09.06.2017
  As a pianist, I have spent a lifetime reading interviews with other pianists. But I would know, above all, what it is precisely that others think about when they play. People often ask me that question. I do not know if I have ever answered...

ESCAPE VELOCITY: An author’s battle to conquer an Emersonian orbit

by Jack Kohl Added 06.02.2017
During all of my adult life as an author and pianist, Ralph Waldo Emerson has been for me the supreme and unremitting guide to the Western canon. Emerson’s writings have dominated so much of my thought that the routines I have given to the study...

Author Jack Kohl just ‘stole it from life’

by Michael Johnson Added 01.02.2017
Rarely does a musician with a Juilliard background and a Ph.D. in piano performance find the energy, much less the time, to conceive, plot, write and publish a series of well-constructed novels. Jack Kohl, by Michael Johnson. After I read Jack...

Fact-Checking the WSJ [Editor's note: re Mark Twain]

by David Galenson Added 24.01.2017
The Wall Street Journal has made an egregious error. I'm not talking about their coverage of Donald Trump, Russian hacking, or any other such ephemera. This concerns something much more serious: classic literature. Mark Twain, ca. 1907. Image...

Elie Wiesel’s Early Work: Four Novels

by Mary L. Tabor Added 07.01.2017
A Talmudic question has much intrigued me: Two men are stranded in the desert. Only one has water. If he shares it, they both die; if he keeps it, he lives and his companion dies. What should he do? Rabbi Akiva taught that the man has the right...
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Barenboim in Bordeaux: A long, standing ovation

by Michael Johnson Added 13.01.2018
Nearly two hours of Debussy’s solo piano music at one sitting can be, for some, too much impressionistic color to digest. And indeed a woman beside me fell asleep during the twelve Préludes, Book One. But I was engulfed by the variety and the...

Charles Ives’s “Kŏn’kôrd” Sonata: The Vestibule of the Temple

by Jack Kohl Added 30.12.2017
  If I were to help a new listener grapple with Charles Ives’s Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-1860”, I would share my story of first seeing the score’s opening page. I might supplement my case by directing him or her to Ives’s own...

The Liszt Sonata in B Minor: At the Temple Door

by Jack Kohl Added 29.11.2017
Piano practice is like having a dog. If one has lived long enough with such an unnecessary but at the same time critical circumstance, one wonders how others live without it. Thus even when concert work figuratively dies for me – when I have no...

New England trio matches colorful cultures

by Michael Johnson Added 29.11.2017
In the world of classical music trios, there are few combinations as natural as the cello, guitar and piano. Operating mostly in the same register, attacking and retreating equally, the instruments can blend beautifully if played with discipline...

An orgy of the senses: Merging the eye and the ear

by Michael Johnson Added 03.11.2017
  A California polymath has electrified the music world with his images of classical music in visual form, capturing more than 165 million hits on his Internet postings in just a few years.  Only pop singers or weird videos do better.  And the...

Australian solo piano : ambience with depth

by Michael Johnson Added 30.10.2017
Ukrainian-born Evgeny Ukhanov, based in Australia for the past 20 years, is an established performer of new music originating in his adopted homeland. Now he has teamed up with friend and Melbourne composer Alan Griffiths on a new CD of...

Why Bach makes you shiver

by Michael Johnson Added 09.09.2017
  If music makes you happy or sad, you are probably an average listener. If it leaves you indifferent, you might be considered insensitive. But if it gives you goosebumps you are in a very special group with connections in your brain anatomy...

Como Academy: Why the Chinese call it ‘piano heaven’

by Michael Johnson Added 31.08.2017
  Lake Como, known as the “magic lake” of Italy, has inspired writers and composers for centuries with natural surroundings so conducive to creative expression. Stendhal wrote The Charterhouse of Parma there, Verdi composed La Traviata, Liszt...

Elvis's voice: like Mario Lanza singing the blues

by Adrian York Added 16.08.2017
Much of the mythology that surrounds Elvis Presley, who died 40 years ago, tends to surround his rags to riches story, his film-star looks, his outrageous stage outfits, his marriage to child bride Priscilla and his descent into overindulgence...

Piano history: The legacy of the Labèque sisters

by Michael Johnson Added 02.08.2017
Katia and Marielle Labèque -- the glamorous French keyboard siblings -- have achieved a solid legacy of exuberant performances in the two-piano repertoire, ranging from experimental contemporary works to traditional classical-romantic composers....
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You must remember this: Casablanca at 75 – still a classic of WWII propaganda

by Stephen McVeigh Added 27.11.2017
Casablanca, which brought together the combined star-power of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, remains one of the best-loved movies ever produced in Hollywood. But the film, which hit the silver screen on November 26 1942, is more than just a...

Chicago International Film Festival

by Mary L. Tabor Added 30.10.2017
The 53rd Chicago International Film festival ran 150 films from October 12-27, 2017. Directors, screenplay writers and actors attended many of the films from fifty countries. I saw 28 of them and was struck by the artistic struggle for the most...

Old-school painting meets cutting-edge animation: Loving Vincent is a rich visual feast

by Stuart Messinger Added 30.10.2017
The cinematic experience continues to be dominated by digitally led projects and audiences who increasingly expect more and more technical innovation. So it is refreshing when a mainstream cinema release consciously chooses to place traditional,...
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