China Cannot Have it Both Ways

by Daniel Wagner Added 16.02.2018
At last year’s opening ceremony of the Chinese Communist Party’s Nineteenth Congress, President Xi Jinping proclaimed his belief that China was on the precipice of becoming a great global power. He declared that China was no longer a poor...

The Double Threat to Liberal Democracy

by Dani Rodrik Added 14.02.2018
CAMBRIDGE – The crisis of liberal democracy is roundly decried today. Donald Trump’s presidency, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, and the electoral rise of other populists in Europe have underscored the threat posed by “illiberal...

Trump’s Battered Presidency

by Elizabeth Drew Added 13.02.2018
WASHINGTON, DC – It’s gotten to the point where one might almost feel sorry for Donald Trump. While that “almost” reflects a gap too wide for Trump’s opponents to bridge, it can be said that February has, thus far, been cruel to the US...

US Foreign Policy and the Missing Left

by Michael Walzer Added 08.02.2018
PRINCETON – Consider the disaster of American foreign policy under President Donald Trump. While the president spent his first year in office trading insults with the dictator of North Korea, that country has moved steadily forward with its...

Three reasons not to worry about the stock market 'crash'

by Arturo Bris Added 07.02.2018
We have been talking about this for the last 12 months: when will financial markets realise that the amazing performance of 2017 was not sustainable? When will stock markets adjust? Are we approaching the next big market crash? When will the...

Russia’s Economic Stagnation Is Here to Stay

by Konstantin Sonin Added 01.02.2018
CHICAGO – In the early days of 2018, the Russian economy is stagnating. This is no statistical blip: the average annual growth rate in 2008-2017 for Russia was just 1.2%. Last year, Russia’s GDP-growth rate was 1.5%, compared to 2.5% in the...

In Defense of Democracy

by Chris Patten Added 31.01.2018
SYDNEY – Imagine that you, like me, are a typical product of Western liberal democracy, and are invited to give a lecture to a group of Chinese students in Beijing or Shanghai on its benefits. Ignoring the fact that, in reality, the Chinese...

China’s Irresistible Rise

by Jim O'Neill Added 30.01.2018
LONDON – China’s recently released GDP data for 2017 confirm it: the country’s dramatic rise, with the concomitant increase in its global economic relevance, is not slowing down. To be sure, there has been fresh media chatter about the...

Davos Man Kowtows to Trump

by Ana Palacio Added 30.01.2018
MADRID – It has been a confusing couple of years for “Davos man” – the members of the global hyper-elite who gather each year for the World Economic Forum’s flagship conference to mull over the challenges the world faces. After decades of...

How to Lose a Trade War

by Stephen S. Roach Added 28.01.2018
NEW HAVEN – Protectionist from the start, US President Donald Trump’s administration has now moved from rhetoric to action in its avowed campaign to defend US workers from what Trump calls the “carnage” of “terrible trade deals.” Unfortunately,...

Social Media’s Junkies and Dealers

by Roger McNamee Added 25.01.2018
NEW YORK – We were warned. The venture capitalist and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen wrote a widely read essay in 2011 entitled, “Why Software Is Eating the World.” But we didn’t take Andreessen seriously; we thought it was only a metaphor....

The World’s Priciest Stock Market

by Robert J. Shiller Added 23.01.2018
NEW HAVEN – The level of stock markets differs widely across countries. And right now, the United States is leading the world. What everyone wants to know is why – and whether its stock market’s current level is justified. We can get a simple...

Democracy is Under Attack

by James J. Zogby Added 22.01.2018
  This past week, I participated in a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court sponsored by the National Commission for Voter Justice (NCVJ). We were sounding the alarm that America is in the midst of a slow-moving "soft coup"...

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...
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Hidden Genius

by David Galenson Added 16.02.2018
Orson Welles was a flamboyant showman: Andrew Sarris observed that “Every Welles film is designed around the massive presence of the artist as autobiographer…The Wellesian cinema is the cinema of magic and marvels, and everything, especially its...

The deadly truth about loneliness

by Michelle H Lim Added 08.02.2018
Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. It is the pain we have felt following a breakup, perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a move away from home. We are vulnerable to feeling lonely at any point in our lives. Loneliness is...

Moralism and the Arts

by Ian Buruma Added 06.02.2018
NEW YORK – Chuck Close is an American artist, famous for painting large portraits. Severely paralyzed, Close is confined to a wheelchair. Former models have accused him of asking them to take their clothes off and of using sexual language that...

How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health

by Ruth Cain Added 01.02.2018
There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being. The idea that there are social and economic causes behind this perceived decline is increasingly...

What happens when you age – a scientist debunks popular myths about sex and brain power

by Dana Rosenfeld Added 24.01.2018
People over the age of 65 make up a larger percentage of the global population than ever before. As this ageing of society only really took off in the last century, it’s unsurprising that much of what we think we know about ageing is untrue. The...

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...
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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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Pianist Ran Jia: The next superstar rising out of China?

by Michael Johnson Added 04.02.2018
Elegant, poised and deeply musical Ran Jia has brought a new freshness to the Franz Schubert piano sonatas, a phenomenal achievement considering how often they have been performed by the greatest pianists of the past 75 years. The press in...

This Lively American has “got rhythm”

by Michael Johnson Added 31.01.2018
  American expat pianist David Lively found happiness in Paris as a teen-aged piano prodigy and got so busy performing and studying  -- with an Alfred  Cortot associate -- that he ended up making his life in France, a “different planet”...

An ethereal touch with Dumont’s Trio Elegiaque

by Michael Johnson Added 26.01.2018
  When young French pianist François Dumont appeared at the Salle Gaveau in Paris recently, the critics embraced him without reserve. One wrote that his recital “confirmed his place in the family of the best musicians in France”. Another said...

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...
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Steven Spielberg's The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press

by Emma Long Added 23.01.2018
The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government Justice Hugo Black, New York Times v. US (1971). Steven Spielberg’s...

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...
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