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Cyprus Bank Tax Unnerves Financial Markets

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

Cyprus is Coming for Your Savings

There seem to be times when commonsense eludes us even after years of experience. While we know this to be true in our personal lives, it is surprising when it is done at a national level, let alone a supranational level. What I’m referring to are the financial crisis manag...

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After Sequestration, Italian Elections, Can the West Govern Itself?

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

From US New Blog

Why Can’t the West Govern Itself?

The current global risk landscape is full of challenges that we never anticipated even a few years ago. The surprise key risk of 2013 is the abject inability for many countries to govern themselves effectively, also known as global gove...

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Italy Must Vote for the Future, Not the Past, in Today's Election

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog


Today, in part, Europe's future will be decided. The Western world is waiting for the outcome of the Italian elections. This is the modern moment of truth for the Italians. If they miss this golden opportunity to fully jump on board the European Union integration project goals of development, competitive...

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Will Mali Become France's Afghanistan?

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

From US New Blog

What has happened in Africa? Africa was on the brink of being reborn. Africa was on its way to becoming the roadmap for humanity's future. Especially what is happening in North Africa? In Mali? The African continent has incubated and suffered some of mankind's most dreaded plagues. There is a new one…this time it's in the north of the...

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The Financial Crisis Threatens U.S. National Security

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog


One of the greatest dangers for U.S. national security emanating from the financial crisis is that it has cast doubt on the notion that Western style democracy, capitalism, and market economies are the best long-term path to economic prosperity, development, and sustained wealth. This is without question one of ...

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Estonia's Lessons in Cyber Warfare

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

What is a weapon of mass destruction? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica a weapon of mass destruction, known as WMD, is a

weapon with the capacity to inflict death and destruction on such a massive scale and so indiscriminately that its very presence in the hands of a hostile power can be considered a ...

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Mario Monti Should Be Italian Prime Minister Again

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

Most of us (non-Italians) believed, or at least prayed, that the outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti would lead Italy in 2013 in some capacity. Most of us hope that it will be in the capacity of prime minister again. Although this seemed difficult on the surface as Mario Monti is a "senator for life" and cannot technically st...

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Silvio Berlusconi, Mario Monti, and Italy's Coming Elections

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog


"2013 Italian elections and Silvio Berlusconi." I never thought I would say that in the same sentence. Who would have thought any of this was feasible only a few weeks ago?

Thirteen months ago Professor Mario Monti was brought on as prime minister to oversee the technocrat unelected Italia...

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China Must Address Inequality to Be a Global Superpower

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog


This is the last in the series of discussions on "a new world order" which has focused on the possibility of the prime candidates (European Union, Russia, Turkey, India, Brazil, South Africa, and China) rising to the status of a superpower to potentially rival the world's only current superpower, the United S...

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South Africa Faces Many Challenges in Its Economic Rise

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

From US News Blog

We are nearly at the end of the "potential future super power" series. It would be remiss of me to skip the African continent in any discussion about the future. Every time we make a new acronym now for emerging markets, we try to insert an "S" for South Africa (for example, the "CIVETS", which includes Colombia, Ind...

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