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Stephan Richter

Director of the Global Ideas Center, a global network of authors and analysts, and Editor-in-Chief of The Globalist.


Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist, the daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture, which he founded and launched in January 2000.

Mr. Richter is a frequent guest on leading radio and television programs, including Germany’s “Meet the Press” program on ARD and ZDF’s Morning Show. While based in the U.S., he frequently appeared on National Public Radio as well as on the PBS Newshour and CNN.

A sought after and thought-provoking keynote speaker at executive conferences and retreats, he has moderated more than 150 policy events during his time in Washington, D.C., featuring prime ministers, CEOs, Nobel laureates and heads of international organizations.

His articles and views have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Salon, Japan Times, Le Monde, Les Echos, Die Welt, Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, Handelsblatt, Manager Magazin, Cicero, NZZ and Foreign Affairs.

For the past ten years, he was the presenter of the Marketplace Globalist Quiz, aired on public radio stations all across the United States as part of NPR’s Morning Report. He also created The Globalist Quiz, a weekly feature exploring the global agenda in an innovative fashion syndicated to newspapers around the world.

From 2002-08, he was a monthly columnist for Les Echos, the leading financial daily in France. He was also the U.S. correspondent for Rheinischer Merkur from 1990-98, as well as a monthly columnist for CEO Magazine.

In addition, he has been a keynote speaker on geopolitical and geoeconomic issues and trends at major international conferences organized by asset managers, investment banks and public policy institutions in Europe, the United States and Asia.

Prior to starting The Globalist, Mr. Richter led a global strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., advising ministers and CEOs of governments, leading global banks and corporations, international organizations and foundations around the world.

In that capacity, he served as North American advisor to the German Economics Ministry and Vice Chancellor in the early 1990s, when he successfully shaped the “New Federal States” campaign, designed to create a dynamic brand image for the former Communist East Germany.

In the fall of 1990, at the request of the U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, he drafted the Sense of the U.S. Senate resolution calling for forgiveness of Poland’s Communist-era public debt. It proved a crucial step in the successful conclusion of the April 1991 Debt Agreement in the Paris Club.

For those activities, he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of Poland in June 2014, “for outstanding services rendered to the promotion of Poland’s transition to democracy.”

Mr. Richter received his J.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1984, was a Rotary Foundation Award recipient in 1980-81 and a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association in 1986-87.

His 1992 book, Clinton: What Europe and the United States Can Expect, correctly forecast the Clinton Administration’s emphasis on fiscal consolidation in U.S. public accounts.

In 2013, he was the co-editor of the book, In Search of a Sustainable Future: Reflections on Economic Growth, Social Equity and Global Governance.

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Articles by Stephan Richter

The “Untied” States of America: No Longer Just a Typo

Americans' willingness to work with each other and to learn from one another is becoming ever more deficient.

January 15, 2024

BYD = Bury Your Dreams? Looking Back to 2010

The Globalist’s publisher wrote this remarkable frontline report from Shenzhen in 2010 on the Chinese battery manufacturer BYD's ambition to become a leading electric-car maker.

September 28, 2023

Olaf Scholz: A Man of His Word?

Why Chancellor Scholz might have difficulty to deliver his own promises of a truly mature Germany.

July 3, 2022

Empress Angela and Her Two Big Sins

Reflections on the former German Chancellor’s sense of her own record and responsibilities in dealing with Putin, Russia and Ukraine.

June 12, 2022

Why Brexit Has Been Good for Ukraine

Russia’s war against Ukraine provided Boris Johnson with a unique opportunity to highlight Britain’s international leadership credentials.

May 16, 2022

Olaf and Volodymyr: A Double Portrait

The politician who had prepared himself all his life for his top role flops. Meanwhile, the man who had made a career as a comedian on TV turns out to be a very determined and successful statesman.

May 4, 2022

China’s Changing Tides

Reflections on the hurdles that China’s economy faces – and why Xi Jinping has become the biggest risk to China’s future evolution.

March 13, 2022

Schröder, Putin and the Laws of Omerta

Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" movie is all you need to understand Gerhard Schröder, the former German Chancellor and close Putin crony.

March 11, 2022

The World and Russia After Putin

Even if Russia were to still “win” the war, it will lose the peace. Regime change in Russia is not on the official agenda of the Western Alliance, but it seems a likely result.

March 2, 2022

German Chancellor Scholz´s Churchill Moment?

Reflections on a speech by Olaf Scholz that might have moved Germany from a Putin enabler to a leading democratic force in Europe.

February 28, 2022

Europe’s New Hitler: Another Psychopath at Work

Vladimir Putin is a murderous despot: Why the West’s response to Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine matters. And why we must deal firmly with his European enablers.

February 24, 2022

Germany, Greenpeace and the Jennifer Morgan Saga

The reaction to the appointment of Jennifer Morgan as a German deputy foreign minister betrays a lot of provincialism in Germany’s political culture.

February 15, 2022

Will Putin Put Down the Kazakh Spring?

Why the popular uprising against corrupt national elites in oil-rich Kazakhstan has Putin and Russia so nervous.

January 7, 2022

Closing Memorial: Putin’s Blueprint for U.S. Republicans

How the closure of the Memorial in Russia is a template for the kind of society Republicans want to build in the U.S.

January 5, 2022

Is Putin Destabilizing or Uniting the West?

Putin is keen on inciting “hybrid attacks” against the West to de-stabilize it. He may well end up inadvertently stabilizing it.

December 16, 2021

When Mob Rule Comes to the United States of America

The parallels between the Leninist power usurpation in early 20th century Russia and the Trumpian brigades in today’s United States are becoming ever more eerie.

November 8, 2021

After Brexit: How Poland Replaces the UK

The EU-related obstinacy of Poland’s governing party is rooted not just in the desire to rewrite their own country’s post-war history, or even Europe’s. It is all a big-time deflection maneuver.

October 29, 2021

Why 9/11 Was No Radical Break With American History

As tragic as September 11 was, it triggered a return to the American past - a nation driven by fear, not optimism.

September 9, 2021

Olaf Scholz: The CDU’s Best Chancellor Candidate

If Germany’s CDU had used an executive search firm to find a successor for Angela Merkel as Chancellor, it would have probably come up with an intriguing proposition.

September 1, 2021

From Ideology to Confusionism: The End of the Isms?”

Are we finally reaching the post-ideological age? Given the complexity of today’s world, that would represent major progress.

July 14, 2021

Are We Globalists Really Godless People?

Globalism, elitism, populism and God.

May 31, 2021

Making the United States “democratic” Again

How the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule must be modified to restore majority rule and give the U.S. a prayer to be a modern, dynamic country.

May 11, 2021

Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s Next Woman Chancellor?

In a curious twist of history, Baerbock holds the promise to execute on what turned out to be Angela Merkel’s highly misleading self-advertising.

April 28, 2021

Biden: Appeasing Putin?

Putin’s little PR bluster games shows how much Russia has declined in the global league tables of geopolitical relevance. Why Joe Biden won’t take Putin’s bait.

April 24, 2021

US Corporations: The US’s New Principled Liberals?

Republicans increasingly force U.S. corporations to act as a kind of extra-parliamentary opposition to protect their brands and consumer appeal.

April 12, 2021

Reining in Facebook and Google: A Common Transatlantic Project

Big Tech media present a serious challenge for Western democracies. Tackling them is a worthy mission for the Biden Administration and the EU to work on jointly.

April 7, 2021

The US Republicans’ Putin-Style “Managed” Democracy

Yet more evidence that US Republicans are close soul mates of Russia’s President when it comes to restraining democracy.

March 15, 2021

Jeffrey Sachs: Xi Propagandist?

One does not need to be a hardliner on China, just a global realist, to see that there is a vast gap between Xi’s rhetoric and reality.

March 4, 2021

Mr. Steinmeier’s Faux Pas: Pleasing Russia, Stiffing Eastern Europe

North Stream 2: Is the gas pipeline’s completion really mandated by history, as the German President has claimed?

February 22, 2021

Mr. Leahy, Why Not Go to the Supreme Court?

The German legal system offers a perfect way out of a great U.S. legal conundrum during Trump’s second impeachment trial.

February 9, 2021

Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum Run Away from Their Past

We are no fans of neo-liberalism. But look who is now suddenly disavowing it.

January 26, 2021

North Stream 2: What the Germans Must Do for Transatlantic Solidarity

As much as the current German government would wish otherwise, the North Stream 2 pipeline controversy continues to threaten European unity as well as transatlantic solidarity.

January 25, 2021

Merkel and Her Ill-Advised CAI Deal

What US and German political transitions mean for China relations.

January 16, 2021

Merkel’s EU China Policy: Double Crossing Joe Biden

Surprisingly, Germany’s veteran Chancellor is replicating Gerhard Schröder’s moves to poison the transatlantic relationship -- in her case by eagerly doing China’s bidding inside the EU.

January 13, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg: Lindsey Graham’s Improbable Twin

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is spineless and acts irresponsible for commercial reasons, except for brief moments.

January 11, 2021

Joe Biden and the US’s Pivot to Europe

Faced with the Biden administration, Germany must finally come to terms with its geostrategic obligations and commitments.

December 16, 2020

Joe Biden and His Inner FDR

Before the election, Joe Biden was probably inclined to morph into a modern-day Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Can he still?

December 6, 2020

The Rise and Fall of Diego Maradona: A True Symbol of Argentina

Why Maradona’s life and death has reverberated throughout the world.

November 28, 2020

Putin and the Slow-Burn US Civil War

An overly lengthy transition period can be highly destabilizing even in the U.S. -- a nation that deems itself a mature democracy.

November 19, 2020

Virility as Political Asset? Trump as a Huckster and Hustler

To explain how Trump almost pulled off his reelection requires a deep dive into the less familiar buildings blocks of American culture.

November 7, 2020

Beyond Wirecard: What Really Ails German Finance

Reforms proposed after the fintech scandal will not be enough to fix a shaky banking sector.

August 21, 2020

Kamala Harris: The Woman Who “Liberated” Angela Merkel

Donald Trump is a compulsive misogynist. Why Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and other women can now breathe more freely.

August 13, 2020

The US and the EU: A Tale of Two Continents

Compared to the extreme disunity and cynicism that rules the U.S. political process, the decision-making process of the EU27 is a sea of calm and rationality.

July 23, 2020

Saint Angela of Europe

How Angela Merkel could effectively operate at the just-concluded European Summit on the basis of a well-hedged position.

July 22, 2020

How Facebook Plays the US Political System

How Facebook has gotten away with its constant abuses dealing with the greatest raw material of all time, data about human preferences and interactions.

June 29, 2020

Your Guide to the Facebook Innocence Shuffle in 15 Steps

With its deep pockets and shameless leadership, Facebook has perfected the art of wiggling out of tricky situations.

June 29, 2020

Change Is Coming to America

Nearly four years after Barack Obama’s two-term presidency, the political promise he represented might finally be fulfilled.

June 16, 2020

US Democracy and the Age of American Impotence

U.S. democracy has devolved into a kabuki show. No real reform, no matter how pressing, ever gets done.

June 7, 2020

Aspen: A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Why did all the brainpower assembled at Aspen have no solutions to the United States' biggest problems?

June 7, 2020

Minneapolis 2007 and 2020

In the wake of the George Floyd murder, what does the reaction to a 2007 tragedy that also occurred in Minneapolis tell us about America's purpose and resolve?

June 6, 2020

Trump: The Eternal, Never-Presidential Campaigner

How Donald Trump has regulated the American public’s right to free speech: Every “Presidential” speech is a campaign event. Protest not allowed.

June 2, 2020

When a President Tweets

Should laxer standards of truthfulness and honesty be applied to a U.S. President? Remember the times when U.S. Presidents were viewed as role models and held to a higher standard?

June 1, 2020

US Police Vs. African-Americans

Police brutality against African-Americans in the U.S. has a long lineage – and shows no sign of stopping.

May 28, 2020

US: Police Systematically Out of Control

The far too liberal use of deadly force by police in a conservative country.

May 28, 2020

Downhill from Peak Globalization: When Will It End?

The world has encountered a series of shocks over the past 15 years. This should lead to more realistic expectations about the timetable for further globalization moves.

May 17, 2020

COVID 19 Today and China’s Great Famine

Are there any lessons to be learned from China 60 years ago for today’s world, which is facing the worst pandemic of the past 100 years?

May 16, 2020

Trump and Musk: Two Unstable Geniuses Compared

Recognizing what constitutes reality is a minimum job requirement for any leader. While Donald Trump often appears delusional, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is so only part of the time.

May 11, 2020

Kent State at 50: An America Even More Divided

Is it possible that U.S. society is more divided today than it used to be at the height of the anti-Vietnam war protests in the late 1960s?

May 4, 2020

The Ayatollah in the White House

Ironies of the coronavirus times: For all their mutual enmity, have the United States and Iran ever been closer?

May 2, 2020

COVID 19: Trump and Iran’s Ayatollahs

How the supreme leaders of Iran and the U.S. handled the COVID 19 challenge: A short comparative study

April 21, 2020

Mariusz Handzlik: In Memoriam

The late Mariusz Handzlik, diplomatic advisor to President Lech Kaczyński, served Poland with boundless energy. He died in the presidential plane on April 10, 2010 en route to Smolensk. He is sorely missed.

April 11, 2020

Beyond Trump: The US’s Wrong-Headed Priorities

Reflections on gargantuan levels of military spending, pseudo “efficiency”-minded corporate outsourcing and an ill-fated obsession with American exceptionalism.

April 2, 2020

Erdogan, Desperado and Constant Provocateur

Nothing seemed to stop Erdogan’s provocations on Europe’s eastern flank -- until he met his match. The big losers are the Turkish people.

March 21, 2020

Merkel vs. Bertolt Brecht: The Coronavirus and the Three Penny Opera

In her management of the Coronavirus crisis, Angela Merkel is making a big bet against the German playwright Bertolt Brecht and his “Three Penny Opera.”

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus: What Does Merkel Know That Macron Doesn’t?

Angela Merkel is acting – though definitely not looking – like a flower power girl from California. Focused on consensus, not leadership, she believes in human goodness.

March 19, 2020

Bernie Sanders Is No Socialist: A Perspective from 2016

Social democracy would have been an easier label to defend – and more accurate.

February 26, 2020

The Democrats’ Firing Squad

Trump claims that the Democrats want to bring “socialism” to the United States. He obviously hasn’t read the preamble to the US Constitution.

February 25, 2020

Trump Vs. Bloomberg: US Awaits Battle of the Titans

Forget the Democrats’ primaries. Americans are ready for the main event of 2020, the no-holds-barred brawl pitting Trump vs. Bloomberg. All the rest is seen as a side show that’s wasting their precious time.

February 21, 2020

Thank God for France’s Sense of European Realism

French President Emmanuel Macron's restrictive stance on EU membership for the Western Balkans injects a much-needed dose of realism into EU affairs.

February 18, 2020

Michael Bloomberg: The US‘s First Jewish President

Michael Bloomberg’s best sales argument for the November 2020 U.S. presidential election is twofold: First, he is everything that Trump is not. And second, like Trump, he is focused on domestic issues.

February 15, 2020

Is Germany’s Der Spiegel Racist?

In the latest case of self-flagellation, the ever more twisted German left, in its filter bubble, now accuses Der Spiegel for an anti-Chinese racist cover.

February 6, 2020

Australia’s Great Fire and Biblical Justice

The images from the Sydney skyline are so indelible not because the city is located in the developed world, but because they represent the front gates of hell.

January 28, 2020

Ai Weiwei Cries Wolf About Germany

Ai Weiwei engages in the very same racial stereotyping about Germany that he complains, with very thin, if not contrived proof the Germans exhibited toward him.

January 25, 2020

US Tech Transfer: First to China, Now to the Middle East

The shortsightedness of the United States in allowing arms production facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is unbelievable.

January 20, 2020

How Trump Is Tied to China, Literally

Clothes making can provide deep insights into both the character of global leaders and commercial realities.

January 17, 2020

Putin’s Russian Power Grab: The Global Context

The Russian President aims at staying in power forever. Who are his role models?

January 16, 2020

Iran: Another Hong Kong, But No Russia or North Korea

The two messages from the Iranian people to their leaders: First, for all your gloating about Iran’s nuclear arsenal, nobody can eat nuclear weapons. Second, we want a different future.

January 14, 2020

Trump Vs. the “Deep State”?

The ardent defenders of President Trump's reckless foreign policy claim that the “deep state” is out to get the President of the United States. Do they have a case?

December 29, 2019

Remembering Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Jean-Pierre Lehmann, a true thinker between cultures, serves as an example to us all for his unstinting courage.

December 21, 2019

Economism Vs. Culture: Who Wins?

What are the real driving forces of British politics? Reflecting on the Tory victory in the UK’s 2019 general election.

December 18, 2019

US and UK: When Culture Trumps Economic Self-Interest

Lower-income voters, at least in the U.S. and UK cases, care more about cultural messaging than their share of the economy.

December 18, 2019

Europe’s Left and Labour’s Disastrous 2019 Election

What are the hard lessons for Europe’s young leftist party activists, including Germany’s SPD, from Jeremy Corbyn’s 2019 defeat in the UK?

December 14, 2019

UK Voters: Look to Turkey and Hungary!

Just not as smart as the Italians, the Turks or the Hungarians: Reflections on the relative immaturity of Britain’s political system.

December 10, 2019

In Defense of Democracy

Understanding the key reasons why everybody is now so frustrated with democracy and government.

December 8, 2019

Macron, NATO and Opposite Day

How the French government is using psy-ops and parental logic to turn the U.S. President into a fan of NATO.

December 4, 2019

Will Corbyn’s Vanity Deliver Johnson’s Brexit?

Jeremy Corbyn’s personal irresponsibility and vanity may finally deliver Brexit.

November 3, 2019

Donald Trump: The Desperate President

Donald Trump really does not want a second term. He is trying everything imaginable to avoid his reelection.

October 19, 2019

Draining the Swamp: Trump. Biden. Warren

Why the Democratic Party needs a course correction.

October 15, 2019

Tom Cruise, John McCain and Impeaching Donald Trump

Can the Republican Party save itself? The entire world is waiting for the Republicans’ Tom Cruise (aka Lt. Kaffee) moment.

September 22, 2019

Central Bank Bosses as Lackeys?

How Trump and Erdogan are like twin brothers.

August 26, 2019

We Are All Denmark!

A property king’s guide to U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century.

August 20, 2019

Will the Germans Take Trump Back?

Here is why the Germans should be receptive to the idea of Trump’s self-deportation to his ancestral land.

July 27, 2019

Go Back, Donald Trump. Your Ancestral Country Needs You!

In endlessly going after the “squad” of four Congresswomen, Donald Trump has made the case for his self-deportation – to Germany!

July 26, 2019

Margrethe Vestager: What Could Have Been

Why it’s right that neither Weber nor Timmermans get the nod to run the European Commission.

June 29, 2019

May and Nahles: Two Convenient Whipping “Boys”

Women in Europe are still rarely the leaders of well-known parties. Now, the two most prominent of them could possibly leave the political top level in the same week.

June 6, 2019

Political Courage Compared: US Vs. Turkey

Why is standing up to one-man rule and presidential nepotism actively pursued among AK Party grandees in Turkey, but not by Republicans in the U.S.?

May 27, 2019

A Long-Term Fight Over British Identity

Brexit is not so much about the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe than it is about determining the nature and structure of the UK itself.

April 8, 2019

The Misogynists Vs. the Bar Tender

Representative Ocasio-Cortez has shown herself to be a good bartender – and an honest and intelligent politician. President Trump has proven to be neither.

April 7, 2019

AOC and Francis Fukuyama: Reflections on Social Democracy and the US

The constant bipartisan talk of the “American Dream “ is entirely geared to preserving the material advantages of the country’s rich at the expense of its workers.

March 24, 2019

AOC and Francis Fukuyama: Reflections on Social Democracy and the US

While the “end of history” may have been reached for social democracy in Europe, it hasn’t even begun to unfold its appeal and its political power in the United States.

March 23, 2019

Xi Jinping: Smooth Talker vs. Brass-Knuckle Operator

China’s president talks high-mindedly about economic globalization. Sounds good, until you see his latest global export strategy – tools for human control.

January 24, 2019

UK: Exit from Brexit — and Think About Japan

Why Britain needs to pause Article 50, prepare a second referendum and think of Japan’s economic fate.

January 17, 2019

Trump as the Kremlin’s Tool: The Logical Proof

Whether intentional or not, Donald Trump serves the Kremlin's interests -- from NATO to the global economy and the Middle East to democracy.

January 15, 2019

Trump and Russia: The Weasel-in-Chief

Why Donald Trump is likely to steer clear of espionage charges, despite his dealings with Russia.

January 15, 2019

Theresa May and Political Wife-Beating

Hardcore Brexiteers’ proposition that May is incompetent because “she” does not deliver the Brexit they want is an unvarnished form of sexism.

December 17, 2018

May’s Brexit Deal: Great If You Want to Suffer

Letting Britons have another vote on Brexit is the only sensible option.

December 16, 2018

The US and Russia: Brexit Allies!

Both the U.S. and Russia support Brexit – but not for Britain's sake.

December 16, 2018

May and Churchill

Theresa May and Winston Churchill have a lot in common. Except that Churchill delivered, whereas May can’t.

December 16, 2018

Theresa May and Political Wife-Beating, Brexiteer-Style

The hardcore Brexiteers are so keen on beating up on Theresa May for one primary reason – because she is a woman.

December 13, 2018

What It Means to Be a Patriot, a Nationalist and a Globalist

Stephan Richter in conversation with Amanda Vanstone, the host of Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Counterpoint program.

November 17, 2018

After the US Midterms: Democrats, Read the Fine Print

Despite the Democrats’ gains, the United States is structurally a remarkably conservative country. Republicans have the tools to defend themselves for decades to come.

November 8, 2018

Can Democrats Overcome Trump’s Shadow?

Should the Democratic Party be fortunate enough to rise to power again, the question arises: What will they do with it?

October 11, 2018

Five Structural Reasons for Lasting Republican Power

Why Republicans will be in power even after Democratic Party voting gains.

October 10, 2018

Donald Trump’s 40-Year Shadow

It will take future Democrats large majorities, luck and sustained effort to undo the national and global damage imposed by the Trump administration.

October 9, 2018

Why Donald Trump is Completely Wrong About Globalism

Globalists are patriots who have a worldview that is not limited to the political boundaries of one state.

September 30, 2018

12 Rules for How Not to Negotiate a Successful Brexit

Why the UK’s Brexit strategy is such a terrible failure diplomatically.

September 22, 2018

Republicans and the US’s Heavily Managed Democracy

Can Republicans' efforts to tilt U.S. democracy toward feudalism be stopped?

September 12, 2018

Trump Vs. the U.S. Separation of Powers

How it has taken a political novice in the White House only a year and a half to hollow out the centuries-old system of the U.S. separation of powers.

September 11, 2018

Brexit Deal: Really a Replay of the Versailles Diktat?

Timothy Garton Ash is wrong: Insisting that EU rules be followed on Brexit is neither an act of stubbornness nor a matter of vindictiveness. It is a matter of European statecraft.

September 5, 2018

Donald Trump, Compulsive Misogynist

Trump, the politician, evidently always needs a woman to beat up on. Think Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Margrethe Vestager and Omarosa Manigault Newman.

August 18, 2018

US: The Incredible Cowardice of the Democrats

For over 30 years now, the Democrats have allowed the Republicans to define them. No wonder then that the Democrats often fall short during election times.

July 27, 2018

America’s Fifth Column

If, in the B.T. (=Before Trump) era, anybody had ever posited that the Republican Party would turn out to be Moscow’s and Putin’s best ally, they would have been declared insane.

July 26, 2018

How Trump Emulates Russia Diplomatically and Strategically

The many signs we overlooked on Trump serving Russia and emulating Russia’s trademark styles.

July 18, 2018

Trump, Russia’s Masterful Sleeper Agent

Despite his presumed record of failure, the U.S. President can rightfully say to his masters in Russia “Mission Accomplished.”

July 17, 2018

Brexit: How Trump Strengthens the Case of the Remainers

The Leavers’ hopes for a bilateral trade deal with the United States always seemed very iffy. After Trump’s UK visit, they are now wholly unrealistic.

July 14, 2018

Why Trump Holds Such a Grudge Against Germany

It isn’t just about Angela Merkel or Trump’s general misogyny. The current U.S. President’s negative attitude toward Germany is rooted in his grandfather’s murky personal biography.

July 13, 2018

Boys in a Thai Cave: The Positive Power of Globalism

The events near Chang Rai powerfully underscore that a “global community” very much exists – and that it can have very positive effects on the lives and well-being of people.

July 11, 2018

A Rare Case: Trump Is Right

The German government should not need any exhortations from the U.S. President to raise its level of defense spending.

July 9, 2018

World Cup 2018: Why Germany Will Flame Out

German hopes for the football tournament in Russia appear way overblown.

June 28, 2018

Germany’s Coming Macron Migration Policy Shocker

Germany’s SPD has long seen Macron as a beacon of hope. But his stance on migration policy will greatly frustrate them – and rob Angela Merkel of her European cover.

June 19, 2018

Trump: The Most Disruptive Global Start-Up Ever

Trump aims for the total destruction of the established order, including all alliance partnerships the United States ever entered into.

June 17, 2018

Why Trump (Still) Loves Macron

However hard they try, U.S. presidents lack the power of a French president to transform their nation.

June 14, 2018

Italian Reality Check: Six False Assumptions

The new Italian government seems keen to play blame games – and pursuing economic solutions that have already failed conclusively in the past.

June 6, 2018

Is There Method to Trump’s Trade Madness?

Why are Republicans siding with Trump’s trade war? Is it because they are dead-set against the European economic model which seeks social balance?

June 5, 2018

The Benefits of the Post-American Order

The most pivotal insight for the post-American world order is that the pursuit of economic self-interest and self-preservation go hand in hand, whether at the national, regional or global level.

May 2, 2018

Globalism and the Spirit of Panmunjom

Why the world must hope for a positive continuation of the Korean rapprochement.

May 1, 2018

Kim-Moon-Summit: How Samsung Was Key

Nobody should underrate the role played by corruption and the Samsung Group in the sudden moves in both Koreas.

May 1, 2018

Britain’s Confused Soul in the Age of Brexit

Britain appears to be abandoning core virtues – its ability to be ruthlessly wedded to a realistic pragmatism and its relentless pursuit of its own commercial advantage.

April 27, 2018

Heiko Maas: Standing Up to the Old Guard

The new German foreign minister charts a refreshingly principled stance toward Russia.

April 25, 2018

SPD: Andrea Nahles’ Elusive Task

Why it is practically impossible for the SPD to reinvent itself.

April 24, 2018

Globalists and Patriots

Globalists are patriots who have a worldview that is not limited to the political boundaries of one state.

April 21, 2018

From Russia, With No Love Whatsoever

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal could well be the event that broke the camel’s back in terms of Western disgust with Russia’s dirty campaigns.

April 19, 2018

Reimagining Globalism in the Trump Era

All of us must resist the impulse to go blame-gaming and making every international relationship a zero-sum game.

March 28, 2018

Why Trump’s Trade Policies May Resurrect COMECON

Stephan Richter talks with Marketplace host David Brancaccio on why Trump's trade policies may resurrect COMECON, an old Communist trade policy.

March 24, 2018

No Buicks! Janis Joplin’s Message to Donald Trump

Vanity and materialism -- not cheating -- drive German luxury car sales in the US.

March 15, 2018

Donald Trump’s Women and Global Trade

The purpose of the steel tariffs is motivated by the same political force that drives Trump – playing blame games. After Obama and Hillary, now it’s the entire world’s turn.

March 13, 2018

How Trump’s Trade Policy Resurrects COMECON, US-Style

What the U.S. president really means by pleading for “fairness” is simply for the U.S. to have its way.

March 12, 2018

Italy’s Elections: How Germany Is Italianizing Itself

Italian politicians warning against "Germany-type problems" in forming a government after the next election are a truly striking moment of European integration – although not a particularly welcome one.

March 1, 2018

Erdogan: Everybody’s False Friend

The Turkish President only knows one loyalty -- to himself. Little wonder Erdogan acts like a congenital flamethrower in international relations.

January 31, 2018

The Globalist’s Top Thirteen Features by Jean-Pierre Lehmann

A selection of the most interesting features by Jean-Pierre Lehmann.

January 12, 2018

UK Tories Vs. the People’s Needs

Failing to deliver on basic necessities of modern life does not seem to faze many Tory politicians much.

January 9, 2018

The US and Iran: Between Obsession and Forgetfulness

The Trump Administration's obsession with the Iran nuclear deal cannot obscure the U.S. role in strengthening Iran.

November 3, 2017

Burying Air Berlin: The Curious World of French Pragmatism, German Statism

The loser in the Air Berlin game, as the government played it, are Germany’s citizens, consumers and air travelers.

October 19, 2017

The American Un-Society

The Las Vegas massacre has exposed that the idea of the existence of an American “society” is increasingly becoming pure fiction.

October 13, 2017

Hillary: The Perfect One

A self-indulgent campaign memoir from the unsuccessful U.S. presidential candidate does little to get Democrats back on track.

September 14, 2017

Germany: More Lenient on Brexit?

An email dialogue between London and Berlin.

August 3, 2017

The US Democrats’ Failing Turnaround Strategy

Trumpism, like most radical right-wing movements, is fueled by resentment, not economics. Trump voters are like Russians voting for Putin.

July 28, 2017

A Personal Note: Germany and Poland

It is because I admire the great nation of Poland that I must call a spade a spade.

July 25, 2017

The Turkification of Poland: Kaczynski Vs. Duda

Why is Kaczynski, a staunch Catholic, leading his rightfully proud nation toward its own Turkification?

July 25, 2017

President Mike Pence?

Where Donald Trump is undisciplined and entertaining, Mike Pence is very disciplined and boring. But that discipline will not benefit the Americans at large.

July 22, 2017

The Liberal International Order: Just Who Shredded It?

Blaming Putin cannot cover up the noxious combination of collective U.S. amnesia and the transparent shift of accountability for the proper conduct in international affairs.

July 12, 2017

Angela Merkel: Ever-Lasting Woman Leader?

Among countries with populations of at least 100,000 people, which woman holds the record for the longest uninterrupted tenure as the elected head of government?

June 29, 2017

Brexit: Full Amputation or Gentle Separation?

The more Theresa May digs in, the less the British people know how much Brexit they really want.

June 24, 2017

Qatar: Is Mr. Trump Striking the Match for a Little War?

America’s much-vaunted checks and balances do not really apply to U.S. foreign policy. That is a big problem.

June 23, 2017

Iran and the Saudi Deflection Campaign

Donald Trump has no idea that the principal source of support, financial and ideological, that Salafist terrorists use has Saudi Arabia written all over it.

June 22, 2017

Qatar et al.: Donald Trump as a Saudi Lobbyist

Between two bad actors at odds in the Gulf, the U.S. President has volunteered to take sides. Aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia is dangerous.

June 20, 2017

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood

Qatar makes longer-term investments in religious or ideological factions.

June 20, 2017

Give Donald Trump Credit: Europe’s United

No U.S. President in recent memory has done more to strengthen Europe’s willingness to work together than Donald Trump.

June 16, 2017

Brexit: Why the EU Will Continue to Stand Firm

With Theresa May greatly weakened, and the UK likely facing new elections and/or a new Prime Minister soon, it makes little sense for the EU to negotiate with her in earnest.

June 12, 2017

Theresa May: A Perfect Symbol for the UK

It isn’t just the UK Prime Minister who is confused about what kind of UK she wants. So is the rest of the country.

June 11, 2017

Trump’s New World Order

Life in the age of Trump.

May 31, 2017

Merkel and Macron: The New “2 M’s” Power Couple

With a new French President at her side, Merkel feels invigorated again. She even feels a sense of destiny regarding Europe.

May 17, 2017

Theresa May’s and England’s Massive Miscalculations on Brexit

Why Germany's Angela Merkel felt compelled to end the Tories' delusions

May 4, 2017

American Royals: Rise of the Trump Monarchy

Thanks to Donald Trump’s dynastic planning, the United States will finally beat the British at the royalty glitz game.

April 21, 2017

The Trumps and the Fuggers

The Trumps want to become a dynasty like the Fugger family. Are they in the same league? Get the fugg outta here!

April 16, 2017

Trump, the Great American Traditionalist

Close family ties were a way of life in early American presidential politics.

April 11, 2017

12 Rules on How NOT to Negotiate for a Successful Brexit

Advice to our British friends : A concise compilation of the delusions shaping the surreal mindset of Britain’s Brexiteer brigades.

March 31, 2017

What Ails America on Health Care?

11 theses on what an undemocratic and unnecessary mess the world’s supposedly leading democracy finds itself in.

March 28, 2017

Trump’s Move Away From Globalization: Europe’s Perspective

Stephan Richter's interview on NPR's Marketplace Morning Report, on the latest G20 summit in Germany and signs of the U.S. under Trump backing away from globalization.

March 21, 2017

Stephen K. Bannon, Destroyer

Jimmy Carter’s failed Iran rescue was a key event in Trump strategist Steve Bannon's life – then he authorized a similar botched raid in Yemen.

March 17, 2017

US: When Billionaires Shred People’s Healthcare

The repeal of “Obamacare” is an alarming story about the quasi-dictatorial powers that billionaires have in the U.S. political system.

March 15, 2017

“Now Let US Pray,” Or: Converting Melania to Mother Mary of the Masses

There’s an image makeover in progress for the First Lady in the Trump Administration.

March 13, 2017

Anti-Nepotism Vs. Adult Supervision for Donald Trump

Moderating the US president and keeping him from erratic isolation may fall to his children and especially his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

February 14, 2017

How Turkey and China Undermine Their Future Prosperity

Ruling by oppression stunts human development and significantly reduces an economy’s ability to advance.

February 7, 2017

US: A Long 1932 – Or More?

Reflections on the present-day challenges for the United States, the self-appointed beacon of “democracy.”

January 30, 2017

Media As “Opposition”? If Only Steve Bannon Were Right

U.S. journalists may balk at the Trump White House calling them the opposition, but that's their proper role.

January 30, 2017

Everything But the Wall: Donald Trump’s Real Plan

What the Trump Administration is likely to do instead to get the immigration outcomes it wants.

January 27, 2017

TPP and the Democrats’ Failure to Manage Globalization At Home

It's a lop-sided world when a Republican billionaire turned President cancels a corporatist trade deal eagerly pursued by a Democratic administration.

January 24, 2017

Trump Goes Brazil: Import Substitution on His Mind

Is the new US President really trying to resolve the competitiveness challenge by relying on outdated 1960s style, Brazilian economic concepts?

January 19, 2017

When Japan Attacked Globalism

In a curious role reversal, it was a Japanese Prime Minister who stole the march on Trump and his anti-globalism chants.

January 18, 2017

Binary Choice and American Politics in the Age of Complexity

The domestic set-up in the US, with two dominant political parties, is not conducive to constructive engagement. It favors paralysis or overreach.

January 16, 2017

Blaming Populists for Making Empty Promises?

The inclination of establishment politicians to overpromise is the core cause of the rise of populism.

January 12, 2017

Political Inversions: Clinton in ’08 and Obama in ’16?

A reflection on the strategic consequences of accidental American political inversions.

January 6, 2017

Rex Tillerson: Perfection of the Bush Stratagem

Is Donald Trump trying to resurrect the times of “Big Oil” – now via the U.S. State Department?

December 13, 2016

The Clintons: A Swan Song

Why did Bill and Hilary Clinton actually achieve so little, despite a quarter century atop American politics? A. They just like talking. B. Can't deliver. C. System won't let them.

December 12, 2016

Why Italy’s Political Leaders Fail So Often

Italy keeps investing itself in false hopes. No political leader can provide magic fixes.

December 6, 2016

How the Clintons Pivoted America

Bill Clinton’s repositioning of the Democratic Party two decades ago continues to leave it adrift.

November 18, 2016

Obama’s Record: We Told You So, 2009-2016

Predictions ahead of and assessments during President Obama's tenure.

November 15, 2016

Did Democrats Fail in 2016 Because of Sexism in America?

Relying on demographic changes, the Democrats expected 2016 to become the End of History for the Republicans. Boy, were they wrong.

November 14, 2016

The Two Clintons: De Facto Republicans

Why some Republicans are about to put one of their own in the White House: Hillary Clinton.

November 5, 2016

Why The Tata Case Is So Global and an Epoch-Making Event

Why the dismissal of the Tata Group’s Chairman is an epochal event in the annals of Indian capitalism.

October 31, 2016

Trump’s Shock Troops and Mainstream Enablers

Does the corrosion of American democracy mimic the Weimar conditions that launched Hitler to power?

October 23, 2016

Brexit: The Worst of All Policy Ideas

Brexit is the UK equivalent of the United States launching the Iraq War: Noble intentions perhaps, but an utterly self-defeatist move.

October 18, 2016

The New Battle For Berlin

Centrality, not hegemony is the name of the German political game. They love network logic.

October 13, 2016

Race for the White House: The Greatest Circus on Earth

Four reasons why the world community should stop paying so much attention to the U.S. presidential elections.

September 17, 2016

TTIP: Yes or No? — A Brief Checklist

Plenty of reasons why Europeans should be very wary to conclude this trade deal with the US.

September 14, 2016

TTIP: Why the Rush?

Reflections on the negotiating style of the United States.

September 14, 2016

Apple et al.: European Commission as the Last Defender of Public Interest

Apple, Google, Facebook et al.’s prolonged tax cheating further hollows out the already shaky support for globalization.

September 5, 2016

Apple: Is Europe Unfair?

Six points about the EU's Apple tax ruling.

August 31, 2016

Why the United States and the West Can’t Win With Turkey

Examining the perfectly closed loops of circular Islamist thinking.

August 18, 2016

Will Germans Turn Sour on Turkey-Russia Deal?

Trade flows in agricultural products and the high-stakes games of international sanctions.

August 14, 2016

Merkel and Turkey: Six Fundamental Errors

Does Germany’s Chancellor really not understand the cynical ways in which Turkey’s President plays her? Is it naiveté – or appeasement?

August 12, 2016

Absolute Power: Erdogan’s Self-Made Trap

With next to no obstacles in his way any longer, Turkey’s President will soon run out of people to blame for Turkey’s mounting woes. The country will suffer.

August 11, 2016

Trump: Turn All of America Into Another Atlantic City

Donald Trump made many false promises to the people of Atlantic City. Americans can't say they weren't properly forewarned.

August 6, 2016

Trump’s Mega-Fear: Beaten By a Woman

What could possibly explain the increasing bizarreness of the Trump campaign? It must have to do with the other candidate in the race

August 4, 2016

The Republican Party Richly Deserves Donald Trump

Rather than an outlier, Trump is the perfect front man for the “values” Republicans have been pursuing for well over a decade.

July 20, 2016

The Jingoism of British Conservatives

Leading UK conservatives act as if they know everything. But they know little about the world outside

July 13, 2016

The UK Opts Out: Four Major Effects

High time for a reality check on what the British vote really means – for the UK, Europe and the world.

July 1, 2016

Cameron’s Major Brexit Folly: Britain Needed “Fixing” More Than Europe

When it comes to urgently needed reforms, the British Prime Minister should have focused on Britain first.

June 26, 2016

McKinsey and the Saudi Mirage

Why the Saudi attempt to modernize their society is bound to fail.

May 31, 2016

Vietnam: Recycling An Uneasy History

Discovering world history via a creatively re-bent American icon – a Coca Cola can.

May 22, 2016

Does Saudi Arabia Want to Break Up Yemen?

What could possibly explain the current strategy?

April 13, 2016

Donald Trump Outs Himself as “Bimbo”

This usage, from almost exactly 100 years ago, rather perfectly describes “The Donald.”

April 4, 2016

The Silent Emergence of the Obama Doctrine

The benefits of ending the curious U.S. practice of turning natural allies into mortal enemies: Iran, Cuba, Vietnam.

March 22, 2016

Libya Bombing Revisited: Two Men and World History

A reflection on Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s former Foreign Minister, who just passed away.

March 19, 2016

Goldman Sachs: Hillary Clinton’s Upcoming “Nixon Moment”

Republicans pin fake scandals on the Clintons, but the Clintons create real ones – like Goldman Sachs speeches.

February 24, 2016

The Causes of Hillary Clinton’s Undoing

It is not Bernie Sanders who defeated Clinton. She is doing it to herself.

February 12, 2016

PiS-sing Away Poland’s Future?

Kaczynski’s insistence to look backward is a disservice to a great country that has come a long way.

February 4, 2016

Merkel to Germany: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Will the German Chancellor rely on a 1965 blues rock hit by The Animals to explain her course reversal on refugees?

February 1, 2016

Reining in Wall Street: Democracy, Not “Populism”

Sanders and Trump(!) defending the interests of the U.S. middle class is a long overdue exercise in democracy.

January 18, 2016

Barclays Premier League: The New Roman Circus?

How the bosses of English football are using an ages-old concept to globalize entertainment for the masses.

January 16, 2016

That Eerie Feeling About Saudi Arabia

Is the Saudi monarchy echoing the final stages of the Shah’s monarchy in Iran?

January 14, 2016

How France Will Bail Out Germany’s Merkel

In the spirit of European cohesion, France will force Germany to change its refugee policy.

November 27, 2015

Refugees: The Four Forces Driving Angela Merkel

Seizing America’s “future preference” and having grown up behind the "Iron Curtain" help explain Merkel's approach to the refugee crisis.

November 21, 2015

Gun Deaths: An American Prophet

On gun deaths, Americans knew what needed doing half a century ago.

October 8, 2015

U.S. Republicans and Erdogan: The Dangerous Lure of Take-No-Prisoners Politics

John Boehner’s resignation foreshadows the United States’ turn towards completely dysfunctional politics at home, à la Turkey.

October 7, 2015

Beyond Cuba: Washington’s Strategic Neglect of Latin America

Can the United States afford to integrate itself with Asia at the cost of Latin America?

October 3, 2015

Volkswagen: When a German Company Plays With Fire

“Exciting” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking of German business. But neither is "fraud."

October 2, 2015

Francis and Jinping: Like Two Ships Crossing At Night

The Pope and CCP leader would have benefitted from comparing notes while in the US. Alas, that did not happen.

September 29, 2015

Why Joe Biden Should Run With Elizabeth Warren

From day one of his campaign, Vice President Biden needs a running mate.

September 24, 2015

Did Pope Francis Get to His Post Too Late?

How the Catholic Church wasted important time on the urgent road to reinvention.

September 21, 2015

Trump and the Fear of Hillary: A Political Psychogram of the 2016 Race

Men fear failing their families as providers. Trump casts himself subliminally as a super-provider.

September 6, 2015

National Liberation Fronts: United Against the Euro

Why establishment parties in Europe are increasingly left defenseless against a hardening opposition against the euro.

September 1, 2015

Yemen and the Alliance of the Deaf

From Iraq to Syria and Yemen, U.S. and Saudi policymakers seem to have learned very little.

August 14, 2015

Joe Biden: Just Bidin’ His Time

Biden-Warren 2016? Joe Biden is one Clinton scandal away from becoming the Democrats' presidential candidate.

August 13, 2015

Trump Vs. Kelly: Just Who’s the “Bimbo”?

The "bimbo" question should not even be a matter of debate.

August 11, 2015

A “Free” Vote on Iran

The anti-Iran hawks will get to vote against the nuclear deal, without sinking it.

August 10, 2015

10 Points: United Airlines — A Weary Frequent Flier’s Lament

Reflections on flying United Airlines.

August 9, 2015

Kasich All the Way!

Why GOP big moneymen would be foolish to pass by Ohio’s governor in the presidential race.

August 7, 2015

Shark Warning: Paul Wolfowitz Takes a Swim

Imagine if the Iraq War architect did not have an American passport – but a Serbian one.

August 5, 2015

After Cincinnati: The Enemy is Within

Police in the US: Just who holds whom in low regard?

August 5, 2015

Selling Out the Kurds

To recruit Turkey against ISIS, the United States lost sight of its true friends.

July 29, 2015

The Iran Deal: Just Another Sales Opportunity

The Gulf countries are lusting for more U.S. military hardware. Washington’s influence peddlers love that.

July 27, 2015

Trump as the Perfect Front Man

Why the Republican Party richly deserves Donald Trump.

July 26, 2015

Italy: The (In)Consequential Beppe Grillo

The message remains the same: Just blame Europe.

July 20, 2015

After Charleston: Gun Control and American Cynicism

Will the United States ever get real about the need for gun control?

July 18, 2015

The Two Souls and Two Minds of Lindsey Graham

How is the South Carolina Senator forward-thinking on immigration and climate, but not the Middle East?

July 13, 2015

Europe’s False Hope Moment?

Even if there is a deal with Greece, it may very well not last.

July 12, 2015

Has Tsipras Delivered?

The French bureaucracy's fingerprints are all over Greece's new proposal. Growth remains an afterthought.

July 10, 2015

Donald Trump: The Democrats’ Best Campaign Asset

Money worship and ethnic insensitivity – the Republicans’ toxic combination at the ballot box.

July 8, 2015

Greece: The Franco-German Split Over “Solidarity” in Europe

Why are Europe's two key economies so deeply divided over this issue?

July 6, 2015

Another American Sideshow

Why is so much attention paid to the 2016 race for the White House?

June 30, 2015

Germany and UK: Standing Up to the US?

When Germans and Britons finally find a common cause.

June 25, 2015

The War of Ideas: Does It Exist? Can It Be Won?

What is the big idea (or set of ideas) the West is battling about?

June 13, 2015

Cameron, the Realist: A Message to America

Why the British Prime Minister’s more modest foreign policy goals for the UK should inspire the U.S.

June 4, 2015

Barack Obama a “Progressive”?  Teddy Roosevelt Wouldn’t Agree

On Obama’s awkward efforts to defend his trade strategy.

June 1, 2015

UK’s Cameron: Caught in the Syriza/Tsipras Trap

Why Britain won’t get a “new deal” from Brussels and Europe.

May 15, 2015

Germany-UK: Making Up for a Lost Century

Britain and Germany must recognize at long last they have a common future.

May 12, 2015

Obama’s Haunting Legacy

A two-term presidency spent on running away from Black America.

May 4, 2015

Vietnam: On the Futility of US Invasions

Why on earth did the US invade Vietnam half a century ago? Have the lessons finally been learned?

April 30, 2015

Greece: Caught Between Nero and Catharsis

The Syriza government has done wonders to unify the rest of the Eurozone.

April 28, 2015

France’s Message to Germany: Back to the 19th Century?

France takes exception to the words of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

April 22, 2015

Eurozone: The Battle Over What Solidarity Means

Are two divergent economic cultures clashing inside the Eurozone?

April 21, 2015

GE and Siemens: What Goes Around Comes Around

A curious role reversal between the U.S.’s and Germany’s largest industrial titans.

April 20, 2015

Candidate Clinton: The Foreign Policy Dimension

Hillary Clinton should shift course on her foreign policy as she launches her second presidential campaign.

April 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Arduous Road to the White House in 2016

The Democratic Party's likely 2016 presidential nominee faces many challenges.

April 13, 2015

Obama: No More Special Treatment for Mr. Modi and India

The U.S. finally announces the installation of an Air Quality Monitor in Delhi – as it did in Beijing in 2008.

February 28, 2015

Germany’s Position on Greece: A Reality Check

It’s not about debt forgiveness now, but what Greece must do to reshape itself.

February 18, 2015

The Transatlantic Battle Over Ukraine

Comparing the 2015 disagreement over Ukraine with the 2003 spat over Iraq.

February 11, 2015

Wishful Thinking About Poverty in America

It takes determination not to see the facts on U.S. poverty for what they are.

January 28, 2015

Modi’s India: A Reality Check

A double take on economic planning and dynamism in India.

January 28, 2015

On Top of India: The Neemrana Fort-Palace

A visit to one of the world’s most magical hotels.

January 25, 2015

An America That Says No – To Itself

After the State of the Union speech, a United States that can’t agree on anything?

January 24, 2015

TTIP and GMOs: The European Race to Please America

The amateurishness and subservience of European politicians coming to Washington knows no bounds.

January 8, 2015

The Jeb Bush Surprise

Intriguing turns and twists of the emerging 2016 presidential race.

January 7, 2015

No NSA Reform, No CIA Reform

Reflections on U.S. politics as an eternal talk show.

December 14, 2014

France’s Sudden Chinese Impulses

Why is the French finance minister invoking other cultures’ diplomatic style to defend France?

December 11, 2014

Uber’s Constant Overreach

India is not alone in battling the U.S. app phenom.

December 10, 2014

Regionalism, Asia Style

Unlike in Europe, Asian regionalism has been market-led.

December 2, 2014

America’s Mezzogiorno: A Thanksgiving Reflection

Why are U.S. southern states so determined not to serve the very real needs of their poor populations?

November 26, 2014

Visiting India? Battling a Kafkaesque Bureaucracy

Reflections on the amazing difficulties of obtaining a visa to India.

November 24, 2014

Angela Merkel and German Leadership in Foreign Policy

Evidence of German foreign policy leadership – on the UK, Russia and beyond.

November 10, 2014

Global Truths on Putin’s Tirades

Russia’s president constantly undermines his own case on the global stage.

November 6, 2014

Rousseff’s Global Challenge: Do Better Than India

With Modi, India got a new life politically. What about Brazil?

October 28, 2014

Europe’s Rules? Forget About Them

The rest of the world has it all wrong: The EU isn’t obsessing about rules.

October 27, 2014

Oil as a WMO: The West’s Weapon of Mass Obedience?

Will lower oil prices drive Saudi Arabia and Russia to pursue sensible reforms at home at long last?

October 16, 2014

The New Washington Consensus? Deutschland Über Alles

The art of casting Germany both as chief villain and magic wand of the global economy.

October 14, 2014

How ISIS Catches the United States With Its Pants Down

A new form of asymmetric warfare against the world’s biggest military.

October 9, 2014

Modi and Obama: A Study in Parallels

Obama’s case in the U.S. suggests caution is warranted regarding the current hype about India’s one-man show.

September 29, 2014

In Defense of Germany’s Decision to Ban Uber (For Now)

The company has to play by the rules.

September 10, 2014

Willful Ignorance on Foreign Policy

Stability through strength was and is a phantom concept

September 6, 2014

The Five Deadly Sins of U.S. Foreign Policy

Is the United States starting to resemble the Middle East?

August 25, 2014

The Dumbest U.S. Foreign Policy Question Asked This Century

What do U.S. politicians mean when they say they want to save Syria?

August 19, 2014

An End to Presidential Term Limits?

How modern U.S. politics incapacitates itself.

August 16, 2014

A Black President?

In too many ways, African Americans aren't much better off today than 50 years ago.

August 9, 2014

Anti-Corruption Fight in China: How India Undermines Progress

India has a free press and elections -- but even more corruption than China.

August 5, 2014

Corruption Campaign in China: What it Means for the World

The arrest of a top official might be the first shot in a battle to root out corruption in China.

July 31, 2014

Hedge Funds as Bottom Fishers

How America’s rich ruthlessly exploit the dysfunctional U.S. political system.

July 30, 2014

Clinton-itis as a National Disease

Clinton moneymaking, national "conversations" and the US policy agenda.

July 26, 2014

U.S. Spying and Europe’s Disillusioned Pro-American Elites

Why are some of Europe's pro-American elites now wondering whether they got it wrong?

July 18, 2014

A Germany That Bets Big

Five unconventional moves that made Germany the 2014 World Cup champions.

July 14, 2014

Iraq’s Predictable Fate

Will the purveyors of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq ever pay a penance for their sins of warmongering?

June 18, 2014

Freeing Poland From the Shackles of Its Debt Mountain

The story of how the transatlantic partners collaborated to help Poland secure a stable future.

June 3, 2014

The NRA: Still America’s Cosa Nostra

The UCSB shooting is yet another monument to the cowering silence the NRA has forced the U.S. public into.

May 27, 2014

The Rise of the “Little Englanders”

Why are anti-immigration parties on the rise in much of Europe?

May 26, 2014

The New Vietnam War

Global ironies in Asia’s continuing struggle for national independence, now against China.

May 22, 2014

U.S. Declinism or Constructivism?

Why are U.S. media and elites so quick to quiet criticism of how the United States conducts itself?

May 22, 2014

Elizabeth Warren: When Political Labels Completely Mislead

The pursuit of consumer rights a 'leftist' agenda? Only in America!

May 15, 2014

Radek Sikorski: Truthteller in Action

A bold voice for a new direction in European foreign policy.

May 11, 2014

Radek Sikorski: Europe’s Next Top Diplomat?

Why Poland’s foreign minister should become Europe’s new foreign policy chief.

May 11, 2014

Africa: We Feel Your Pain (Sometimes)

Power outages in the capital city of the United States are a surprisingly regular feature.

May 9, 2014

South China Seas: When China Perversely Does America’s Bidding

How China's aggressiveness undermines its own long-term interests in Asia.

May 8, 2014

The Creeping Saudi Arabization of America

The U.S. Supreme Court chips away at the separation between church and state.

May 7, 2014

The Disastrous U.S. Habit to Rush Elections

From Iraq and Afghanistan to Ukraine, the U.S. always hopes to get “its man” into office quickly -- with poor results.

May 6, 2014

U.S.-Russia: Seeking Salvation in Sanctions

U.S. foreign policy is driven by acts of symbolism. When they fail, the U.S. is quick to blame others.

May 4, 2014

The Transatlantic World is Falling Apart

The U.S. is issuing frantic wake-up calls on defense – but Europe isn’t listening.

May 2, 2014

Healing D.C.: What Muriel Bowser Must Do

Can the D.C. mayor-in-waiting overcome the racial divide that persists in the U.S. capital city?

April 7, 2014

Zwei Hirten. Zwei Kulturrevolutionen?

Chinas KP unter Xi Jinping und der Vatikan unter Franziskus stehen vor weitgehend gleichen Governance-Problemen -- von Finanz- und Sexskandalen bis hin zum sinkender Gefolgsbereitschaft.

March 27, 2014

Venezuela Today Vs. the Polish Liberation Episode

Pope Francis and John Paul II are both transformative figures.

March 26, 2014

Two Shepherds, Two Cultural Revolutions?

Comparing the agendas and performance of Pope Francis and China’s Xi Jinping.

March 26, 2014

The Meaning of Ukraine’s Big Weekend

Poland’s Sikorski unstoppable for top Brussels post; U.S.’s Nuland now in a chorus with Putin.

February 23, 2014

France and the United States: The Story of Four Amazing Parallels

Two "grand nations" strangely united in the pursuit of wrong priorities.

February 13, 2014

“F*** the EU:” How Victoria Nuland Stirs the Pot in Ukraine

What really caused the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe to speak her mind so clearly?

February 7, 2014

Yes We Can: The NSA and Obama

Why is President Obama so permissive with regard to excesses of the U.S. intelligence apparatus?

January 29, 2014

As Goes Best Buy, So Goes U.S.?

What does the shaky fate of the U.S. consumer electronics chain portend for the economic future of the United States?

January 22, 2014

U.S.-Iran: Two Countries in the Iron Grip of Conservatives

Counting the ways in which Iran and the United States are alike.

January 17, 2014

The Old King is Dead. Long Live the King!

It's time to realize that focusing on the horse race aspect of American presidential politics is precluding actual governance.

December 9, 2013

Angela Merkel’s True Colors

Is Angela Merkel aiming to be the most successful Social Democratic Chancellor in German history?

November 21, 2013

CEO Pay: A Swiss Rebellion

What will be the ramifications of a Swiss referendum on executive compensation?

November 21, 2013

Climate Change as Terrorism Against the People

In view of the typhoon in the Philippines, has the United States misplaced its global priorities?

November 17, 2013

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria’s “Yes We Can” Minister – A 2013 Portrait

An interview with Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her country's future path.

November 14, 2013

Brazil: An Object of History — or a Subject?

Brazil must act decisively to become a leader or be relegated to an object of history.

November 14, 2013

The Case for President Warren

How about a woman in the Oval Office who isn't Hillary Clinton?

November 12, 2013

The United States’ Self-Defeating Gotcha Culture

Congressional hearings on show-trials and perils for democracy.

November 11, 2013

The Incorrigible Senator McCain

How to promote interventions, from Iraq to Syria, without ever being held accountable.

November 8, 2013

United States of Twittermania

Reflections on an IPO and beyond.

November 7, 2013

Beyond NSA Spying: The Transatlantic Culture Gap

The Guardian op-ed by Stephan Richter and Jan Philipp Albrecht: What can be done to deter U.S. spying in Europe?

October 30, 2013

U.S. Shale Gas: All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

The shale boom in the United States isn't the game-changer its proponents claim.

October 21, 2013

The United States as a Failing State? A Perspective From 2013

A country's success or failure must be measured against its inherent potential.

October 18, 2013

Boehner’s Berlusconi Moment

Will it take the United States 20 years to rid itself of Tea Party obstructionism?

October 6, 2013

The U.S. Civil War Continues

One of the biggest hoaxes of American history is that the Civil War ended back in 1865. Battling over racism then, health care now, U.S. society is still at war with itself.

October 5, 2013

Innovation and Management in China, Germany and the US

Will China follow the U.S. model or the German model for innovation and management?

October 1, 2013

Merkel Greens: Germany’s Next Big Transformation

Why Angela Merkel will ultimately opt for a Black-Green coalition.

September 30, 2013

Systematically Silencing America

How Republicans and their cynical allies deal with America's real problems.

September 24, 2013

Weakened West or Triumph of Democracy?

In a triumph of Western democracy, the interventionist impulses of US and UK are cut down to size.

September 22, 2013

Walmart: Benevolent Dictator of America

After the D.C. mayor’s veto: What’s Walmart’s real game plan — aside from refusing to pay a living wage?

September 13, 2013

Mexico & Brazil: Why U.S. Spying Stings So Much

After the NSA snooping, why are politicians and citizens all across Latin America so dismayed?

September 10, 2013

U.S. Into Syria: Six Key Mysteries

What happens when a bunch of former senators run U.S. foreign policy?

September 10, 2013

Obama’s Amateur Hour

Syria: When "red lines" lead to red faces.

September 5, 2013

Syria and American Democracy

Can you hear them laugh from Beijing and Moscow?

September 4, 2013

Syria: The End of American Omnipotence

How is the Syria crisis forcing U.S. elites to see what the world already knows?

September 3, 2013

The Transatlantic Battle Against Tax Evasion

Why is combating tax evasion so important in the globalization debate?

September 2, 2013

Shadows of Snowden Over the Atlantic Alliance

Beyond betrayal of trust, what about the NSA scandal worries Europe most?

August 27, 2013

What Really Ails Detroit

Stephan Richter's NYTimes Oped: Detroit’s collapse — bad luck, globalization to blame or indicative of a U.S.-wide problem?

August 16, 2013

Rajan Vs. Summers: Two Economists, Two Central Banks

How does Larry Summers, would-be Fed Chair, measure up to India's new central banker, Raghu Rajan?

August 15, 2013

Larry Summers and A Tale of Two Harvard Professors

Why can't a smart man like Larry Summers bring even a bit of compassion and common humanity to his economic analyses?

August 13, 2013

Ben Franklin, America’s First Globalist

What can Ben Franklin's warning to 13 rebellious colonies teach us about global cooperation today?

August 10, 2013

Larry Summers Reloaded

Is it a good idea to make a brilliant man the next U.S. Fed Chairman?

August 2, 2013

Who Is a Globalist?

For all the talk about globalization and the global economy, we ask: Who is a globalist?

August 1, 2013

Data Privacy: When Angela Merkel Leads From Behind

How the German Chancellor turns big political crises into major reforms. After the NSA scandal, it's data privacy.

July 31, 2013

Japan — Viewed from Above

Abenomics is widely hoped to provide an economic turnaround for Japan. But is the prime minister focusing on the right issues?

July 26, 2013

It’s Not a Conspiracy, Mr. Erdogan!

Does it make sense for Turkey's Prime Minister to attack financial markets? They have actually been his country's friend.

July 3, 2013

Syria, Iran and American Forgetfulness

Which nation is the key enabler of Iran's steady rise in the Middle East?

June 17, 2013

Erdogan’s Fundamental Miscalculation

Why do the AK Party's own followers have doubts about Erdogan's path for Turkey's future?

June 14, 2013

Obama’s Cardinal Sin

Why is the U.S. president so keen on excelling by doing his very own opposition's bidding? Is it because he is a non-politician and utter elitist?

June 10, 2013

German Diplomacy and French Intransigence

Have German politicians finally learned the art of diplomacy?

May 31, 2013

France: Sovereignty as a Blocking Statute

Is French leadership strong only when opposing action? Have German leaders finally learned to be diplomatic?

May 31, 2013

Obama’s Third Term

Why is the United States forever engaging in political scandals and horse races -- rather than in the business of governing?

May 17, 2013

Pakistan’s Elections: How to Remake a Society

Could all the suicide bombings and car bombs indicate that the forces of medievalism are losing the battle for Pakistan?

May 10, 2013

Pope Francis: A Martin Luther in the Making?

Is Jorge Bergoglio up to the task of reforming the Catholic Church without breaking it apart? Governance reforms are centuries overdue.

April 16, 2013

American Disingenuousness: Jack Lew Goes to Europe

Why is the U.S. Treasury Secretary urging Europe to adopt the same borrow-and-spend policies that got the United States into so much fiscal trouble?

April 12, 2013

Israel: Gatekeepers of Self-Destruction?

Will Israel be able to create a better political reality in order to save its very existence?

April 3, 2013

Asia’s Lacking Pride

Why would emerging countries copy the unhealthy eating habits of the West, when their own tradition is so much healthier?

March 25, 2013

Mr. Bremer’s Shades of Grey

If a black-or-white political culture is grounds for sending in U.S. troops, then few countries require an invasion more urgently than the United States.

March 21, 2013

The United States: From Global Vanguard to Global Hindrance

The United States used to be the key force promoting global governance. What are the global consequences of America's deeply divided domestic politics?

March 18, 2013

Health Care and the Road to American Serfdom

Individual rights in the United States are not threatened because government is too oppressive. The real problem is that government is too weak.

February 22, 2013

Hillary Clinton and the Art of Defending American Power Linguistically

Why are even America's self-acclaimed liberal internationalists still so keen on being top dog? Will John Kerry follow in Hillary Clinton's footsteps on this issue?

January 31, 2013

Turning Environmental Threats into Profits

How does one turn environmental problems into a threat for the United States and then into a profit opportunity?

January 26, 2013

The U.S. Yearning for Systemic Uncertainty

Why is it that U.S. business and society seem less well prepared to tackle a long-term challenge such as climate change?

January 25, 2013

The U.S. Refusal to See China as a Positive Challenge

Why don't Americans let themselves be spurred to stimulate their competitive juices when they look at China?

January 24, 2013

Optimism as a Force for Good — And Doing Nothing

Can optimism be a substitute for doing really hard work? Or is it just a very transparent excuse for a cop-out on climate change?

January 23, 2013

Climate Change and the Claim to Global Leadership

What is the real challenge President Obama and the American people must urgently resolve?

January 22, 2013

An America That Can’t: A Reflection on Obama’s Second Inaugural

Does it even make sense to hold federal elections in the United States? After all, they never provide any real resolution.

January 21, 2013

The EU: Regulation King by Default

Is the United States' anti-regulation stance undermining its global power position?

January 15, 2013

The U.S. Democrats as a Conservative Party

Despite all the talk about the Republican Party in need of splitting into two camps, aren't the Democrats a more realistic target?

January 5, 2013

The Republicans’ Endgame

Is the best political game plan available to U.S. Republicans to be refuseniks?

January 4, 2013

When the United States Strikes Out

How does the world's largest economy perform on the three most important tasks to create a better global economy?

January 3, 2013

Guns and Taxes: America’s Double Cliff

Is the U.S. becoming fundamentally incapable of agreeing on the most basic issues of fairness and decency?

December 21, 2012

President Elizabeth Warren: An Angela Merkel in the Making?

Will 2016 finally bring the arrival of a woman in the Oval Office? How about somebody other than Hillary Clinton?

December 11, 2012

Obama’s Bullhorn Moment in New York

Will the United States finally launch a massive infrastructure renewal initiative?

November 14, 2012

Yes, There Will Be a Social Revolution in America

Is it time for an American Spring?

November 13, 2012

How the Republicans Empower U.S. Minorities

Why are the Republicans so keen on creating their own worst nightmare?

November 9, 2012

Election 2012: America’s Weimar Complex

Why are Americans hesitant to elect their president by a direct popular vote?

November 5, 2012

The Silent Revolution Inside the IMF

The global balance of economic power is changing — and the IMF is changing right along with it.

October 30, 2012

Post-Election Agenda: Destigmatize American Government

What is the most potent move to improve the competitiveness of the United States on the global stage?

October 4, 2012

Human Back-Up Systems

Is the Western world too reliant on the ease and simplicity of e-commerce?

September 29, 2012

The Democrats, Viewed Globally

Was the multigenerational, multiracial and multiethnic Democratic convention a reflection America's melting pot society?

September 14, 2012

Tackling Too Big To Fail: The Most Important Rightsizing in U.S. History

Why is it taking so long to write and implement new U.S. financial reform regulations?

September 11, 2012

How China’s Approach in Africa Complements the West’s

Can China's market-building approach to Africa complement the West's tradition democracy-building approach?

September 6, 2012

Norbert Walter — An Appreciation

To Norbert Walter, Germany needed shaking up. Constantly. His presence in the debate over the country's economic future will be sorely missed.

September 1, 2012

Germany and China: The New Special Relationship

What is motivating Germany and China to pursue their new "strategic dialogue?"

August 30, 2012

From Iraq to LIBOR: Excessive Risk-Taking and Democratic Accountability

What is it about U.S. and UK financial and foreign policy elites that has them engage so willingly in excessive risk-taking?

August 9, 2012

How ASEAN Should Assert Itself Globally

Should Westerners abandon the use of business jacket and tie for the sake of global warming?

July 28, 2012

The United States in Egypt: A Fully Hedged Position

How is Washington simultaneously pursuing democratization and a restoration of military rule in Egypt?

July 16, 2012

The German Strategy on the Euro: A Pre-Summit Roadmap

How does Germany see its role, and what are its real intentions and specific plans, with regard to saving the euro?

June 26, 2012

U.S. Health Care: An Exercise in Stalinist Industrial Economics?

Isn't it time for the United States to find a more efficient economic model for managing health care?

June 25, 2012

Italy’s Fateful Choice

Is Italy in danger of finding itself outside the umbrella of nations Germany and its partners are willing to support?

June 22, 2012

France’s Epoch-Making Choice

Will Francois Hollande choose to make France like Germany or to make France like Italy?

June 20, 2012

Bureaucracy as a Root of American Prosperity

Remember how the U.S. government blazed the trail of innovation, societal progress and modernization in the United States?

June 5, 2012

The Editor and His Dog: A Tribute

What's a writer to do when he's looking for the next great idea or opening line?

May 19, 2012

The United States and the EU: Capitalisms Compared

Which model of corporate governance is doing a better job of striking a balance between the needs of business and the need of society, the U.S.'s or the EU's?

May 18, 2012

Martin Luther and the Eurozone: Theology as an Economic Destiny?

Could Martin Luther's life have provided a suitable rule of thumb to identify which countries should be in the eurozone and which should not?

May 14, 2012

The Tragedy of Turkish Food

How might Turkey's relations with Europe be different if it had engaged in food diplomacy?

May 12, 2012

After the French Elections: The Potential Benefits of Hollande

With the election of François Hollande, could France be in for a repeat of its transformative early-1980s experience?

May 8, 2012

Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Franchiser?

Discover how the polymath and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin gave shape to one of America's most potent business concepts.

May 5, 2012

Domestic Incapacitation and Foreign Policymaking

Has the world reached a point where all major nations are too troubled at home to engage meaningfully in foreign policy?

April 27, 2012

The Battle for the Future of America: Catholics Vs. Victorians

Is the dominance of Protestant thought in U.S. politics bound to be challenged?

April 17, 2012

Is Obama Suppressing His Inner Romney?

What effects will the Romney candidacy have on President Obama's positioning and political rhetoric?

April 12, 2012

Rethinking the Purposes of American Education

Is the success of higher education in the United States dependent on debt?

April 11, 2012

The Case for German Leadership on Health Care

Could the Germans actually be more "capitalist" than the Americans? Let's consider drug prices.

March 30, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court, Healthcare Reform and Domestic Political Peace

How is it possible that today the Supreme Court marches backwards so steadfastly, given the supposedly self-restraining power of precedent?

March 26, 2012

Goldman Sachs and the Vatican: Two Cultures of Infallibility

What do two of the world's most powerful institutions have in common?

March 19, 2012

Europe’s Greece, America’s Afghanistan

Why are the investments Europe and the United States made in Greece and Afghanistan, respectively, failing to bear fruit?

March 16, 2012

Just Who Fears Democracy? On the Need to Update the American Republic

How have today's Europeans turned out to be the real practitioners of the American notion of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?

March 14, 2012

Russia alla Puttanesca

Where does Russia find itself in the world of today? What's the real balance sheet of the Putin era to date?

March 2, 2012

Ringfencing Greece

Is Europe's primary goal to fix Greece — or to keep Greece from contaminating the rest of Europe?

February 22, 2012

21st Century Coffeehouse Society

How are U.S. coffee shops turning into the office away from the office?

February 18, 2012

How China’s Government Becomes Ever More Like America’s

Is China infringing on another U.S. copyright — the Byzantine ways and means of the U.S. federal government?

February 17, 2012

Merkel Vs. Lagarde: The Two Titans of the Global Economy

Will Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde find common ground in order to resolve Europe's — and the world's — economic crisis?

February 2, 2012

Egypt One Year Later: Going the Way of Iraq?

Why is Iraq's democratic transition a less-than-perfect model for Egypt?

January 27, 2012

Mitt Romney: Occupy Wall Street’s New Poster Boy?

Could Mitt Romney provide an unlikely focal point for the long-suppressed U.S. debate about economic and social equity?

January 20, 2012

The International Outlook for 2012

2011 witnessed enormous global developments. What lies ahead in 2012?

January 4, 2012

The New Europe: A Wobbly France Is Rebalanced by a Strong Poland

In the new Europe, alliances are thankfully built on performance and competence, not tradition and habit.

December 12, 2011

Mitt Romney Vs. Republican Bigotry

Will anti-Mormon bigotry among Republicans help reelect President Obama?

December 2, 2011

Don Berwick and the Railroading of America’s Social Sciences

How is polarization in Washington making it nearly impossible for qualified individuals to join the top ranks of the U.S. civil service?

November 30, 2011

Environment and American Leadership: Two Worlds Collide

What does the differing coverage of environmental issues in the Chinese and U.S. media say about these countries' changing leadership roles?

November 29, 2011

Financial Markets as Drug Pushers

Could the misdeeds of markets cause a rupture in the acceptance of market institutions?

November 23, 2011

Is the CEO of Whole Foods Nuts?

Why are libertarian policy solutions woefully inadequate in an increasingly complex world?

November 22, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and America’s Un-Representative Democracy

How do Egyptians, Iranians and Chinese look at the way U.S. authorities are handling the Wall Street protests?

November 17, 2011

The New German Dialectic

Can Angela Merkel make the case for Germany to lead a deeper European integration process?

November 16, 2011

U.S. Message to the BRICS: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Is "soft power" just a friendlier-sounding way for the United States to dominate the world?

November 9, 2011

Turning Toward Asia? A Reality Check for Hillary Clinton

Is boastful U.S. rhetoric indicative of a desire to cling to a world that is no longer in reach?

November 4, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and the Missing American Revolution

What is the historic context and potential significance of the protest movement directed against Wall Street?

October 27, 2011

A Preview of the French Elections: The Benefits of Hollande

Could it be that France is in for a repeat of its transformative early 1980s experience?

October 19, 2011

German Liberals’ Last Dance?

Will Germany have a nationwide CSU at last — in the form of the FDP?

October 14, 2011

Will Europe Rise to the Occasion?

How successfully is Europe coping with its unprecedented fiscal challenges?

October 3, 2011

The Increasing Irrelevance of the U.S. Presidency

The weakened office of the President raises very serious questions about the ability of the United States to adapt to modern times.

September 23, 2011

Europe: The Continent That Follows Rahm Emanuel’s Maxim

Did former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel really utter his most famous words — "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" — in vain?

September 14, 2011

Greed or Fear: What Drives the U.S. Corporate World?

How were corporate managers gripped by fear long before, and wholly independent of, 9/11?

September 12, 2011

Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen and Sartre

Does Woody Allen now see New York as heaven, as hell or as earth — or all three combined?

September 5, 2011

What Chile’s Student Protests Can Teach the United States

Will U.S. students take a page from their Chilean brethren and protest the high cost of college education?

September 2, 2011

Is China Going Up in Smoke?

Why has China's government done little to stop the country's smoking epidemic?

August 26, 2011

A Lament for San Francisco

How is an increasingly dilapidated San Francisco symbolic of the challenges facing the United States?

August 23, 2011

Message to All: End the Global Economic Blame Game

Why is blame-shifting far from the ideal response for a world that finds itself in considerable trouble?

August 17, 2011

The United States Beyond the Two-Party System

What is really stifling a vigorous, solutions- and future-oriented American democracy?

August 15, 2011

After the S&P Downgrade: It’s Anybody’s World

Does the U.S. credit downgrade mark the end of the country's economic dominance?

August 9, 2011

The Taiwanese Fox in Mainland China’s Henhouse

Why must one wonder whether Foxconn is not an arm of the Taiwanese intelligence services?

August 8, 2011

U.S. Politics as “Societal Malware”

Can a poorly operating political system infest a country like a computer can fall prey to a virus?

August 5, 2011

Today’s Europe and the Twisted Benefits of Rating Agencies

Why can rating agencies do more to improve the financial health of countries than anything else?

July 27, 2011

Julian Assange: Villain or Hero?

Why should the United States actually thank WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?

July 26, 2011

Blaming Merkel: Reflections on the Art of Scapegoating

Do those who demand stronger leadership from Angela Merkel miscomprehend the nature of democratic regimes in modern times?

July 19, 2011

The Historical Significance of the Battle Over Elizabeth Warren

Is the United States really a consumer paradise — or is it a republic of the consumed?

July 15, 2011

How Groupon and LivingSocial Celebrate Deflation in America

Why do social buying websites owe much to the Japanese practice of deflation?

July 14, 2011

Fixing Immigration: If Not Now, When?

Will the United States ever get around to fixing its immigration system?

June 30, 2011

A Co-Directorate for the IMF? Say Yes to Lagarde and Carstens

What's a creative solution to give the emerging market countries their fair leadership share in the IMF?

June 21, 2011

NATO in Libya: The Saga of the Tortoise and the Hare

Imagine Europe had rapidly brought to bear all the firepower imaginable in Libya. Would the world be better off?

June 17, 2011

Tackling Iraq or Abandoning Nuclear Energy? U.S. and German Adventurism Compared

Germany is abandoning nuclear energy. What can the world learn from this type of "adventurism"?

June 15, 2011

BRICS: Add "T" for Turkey

How has Turkey's prime minister succeeded in modernizing his country?

June 10, 2011

Angela Merkel and German Foreign Policy

Are Germany's recent foreign policy missteps evidence of a new neo-isolationist tendency?

June 7, 2011

Pawlenty’s Reach and the 2012 Surprise

From Barack Obama's perspective, could Tim Pawlenty turn out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing?

May 27, 2011

Social Media and the Revival of American Democracy

How could Facebook, YouTube and Twitter help to limit the role of money in U.S. politics?

May 26, 2011

Washington Is As Dysfunctional As U.S. Relations With Pakistan

How is the U.S.-Pakistan relationship reminiscent of that between Democrats and Republicans?

May 20, 2011

The End of American Centrality

Why are world-shaping events increasingly passing the United States by?

May 5, 2011

Message from Singapore: When the West Is No Longer in Control

What does Singapore's finance minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, think about the future of the global economy?

April 28, 2011

Gordon Brown Vs. Larry Summers: Battle of Global Economic Titans

Is Gordon Brown a credible candidate to lead the IMF in the future?

April 21, 2011

U.S. Cultural Bias and New Economic Thinking

Does the embrace of American exceptionalism nix the prospect of new economic thinking emerging from the United States?

April 20, 2011

Tim Geithner: Eternal Optimist, or Soothsayer?

Why does the sitting U.S. Treasury Secretary act more like the marketing department of the New York Stock Exchange?

April 18, 2011

Obama and the Surprising Return of the Moderate Republican

Contrary to conventional wisdom, how has moderate Republicanism made a comeback in Washington?

April 12, 2011

Will Arizona Lead the Global Anti-Obesity Revolution?

Why might Arizona become known as the launching pad for America's battle against the obesity scourge?

April 7, 2011

Yes, There Will Be a U.S. Infrastructure Bank

The only question is: Will it be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese central bank?

March 16, 2011

The U.S. and China: Global Economic Twins

Do the United States and China both struggle with economic fairness and political accountability?

January 19, 2011

The Leadership/Followership Paradox

For all the American focus on leadership, could it be that what's missing is followership?

January 12, 2011

Reinventing America: Putting the “US” Back into the United States

Why does such a high degree of corrosive disunity persist in the United States?

January 7, 2011

Divided Government Revisited

Did the era of divided U.S. government really only begin when the Republicans took over the House?

January 6, 2011

Reflections on Downtown Chicago

What can the rest of the United States learn from Chicago's institutions of higher education?

December 31, 2010

Middle Class and Globalization: A Historical Perspective (Part II)

Is the United States getting serious about reinvigorating its middle class?

December 21, 2010

Middle Class and Globalization: A Big Power Comparison (Part I)

Which nation stands to lose the most compared to its own expectations, projected path and historic experiences?

December 20, 2010

Is the U.S. Middle Class at a Turning Point?

Is the United States prepared for economically stressful times?

December 17, 2010

Europe as a Figment of the Republicans’ Imagination

Is the Republican Party's castigation of Europe nothing more than a political diversion tactic?

December 10, 2010

The American Dream Is Alive and Well…In China

Could it be that the Chinese now believe more in the American Dream than do Americans themselves?

November 23, 2010

Obama: Not Shellacked, But “Lasched”

Is two years enough time for politicians to stay in office and get concrete results?

November 19, 2010

Obama and Merkel at the G20: Loved in the World, Unwanted at Home

Why are Barack Obama and Angela Merkel more popular abroad than at home?

November 12, 2010

Larry Summers: Economic Idolatrist, or False Prophet?

Why has the former U.S. Treasury Secretary gone from hyping the United States to breathlessly promoting India?

November 5, 2010

Where Fox News Gets It Right

Why should the mainstream media take a page from Fox News and offer clearer connections between issues?

November 2, 2010

The Weimar Republic and the Ominous Rise of Jon Stewart

Why Jon Stewart's rise may signify bad news for the United States — and the world as a whole.

October 28, 2010

“Defeating the Taliban”: Naïveté and the American Empire

While modern "Rome" is burning, why do U.S. foreign policy elites keep meddling in overseas adventures?

October 26, 2010

U.S. Health Insurers: Scamming a Hurried People

Why are U.S. health insurance companies as difficult to deal with as bureaucracies in Soviet-era Russia?

October 21, 2010

Britain: A Normal Country, At Long Last (Like Germany)

How has the UK's coalition government succeeded in reinventing British politics and society?

October 19, 2010

Dateline America: What’s So Horrible About Being Anti-Colonialist?

Is President Obama really an anti-colonialist, as Dinesh D'Souza argues? And so what if he is?

October 14, 2010

Amazon and the Era of American Enlightenment

What will the growing popularity of online book buying mean for Americans' pocketbooks, the environment — and independent bookstores?

October 8, 2010

Fiscal Keynesianism for the Upper Classes

Keynesian measures are politically very contentious in the U.S. -- even one it comes to applying them to the upper classes.

October 1, 2010

The Illogic of Czech President Vaclav Klaus

What accounts for Czech President Vaclav Klaus's extreme skepticism about Europe's future? Could he simply be channeling Ayn Rand?

September 30, 2010

The German Presidency: Another Resignation in the Making?

In the wake of potential scandals and major missteps, how long will it be before Germany's new president resigns?

September 24, 2010

Dateline Shenzhen: Hu Wants My Wallet

Despite the country's astounding recent economic success, how is China living in the years 2010 and 1980 simultaneously?

September 10, 2010

America’s G2 Obsession

Is a "G2" consisting of China and the United States really a wise strategy for America?

August 6, 2010

China’s Looming 2019 Deadline

Is there a 70-year deadline for political parties?

August 5, 2010

The Scarecrow of State Capitalism

Is state capitalism really a scheme to paralyze free-market democracies, as some prominent analysts argue?

July 30, 2010

Why Obama Can Only Dream About Being David Cameron

Why does President Obama have plenty of reasons to secretly admire David Cameron, his British counterpart?

July 20, 2010

"Since" — or: BP’s Deadly Truth in Advertising

What does the BP oil spill reveal about the global consequences of corporate — and national — risk-taking cultures and preferences?

June 3, 2010

Dateline China: Mr. Zhou Takes on Western Finance

Might China's Communist Party present a better training ground for today's financial edifices than the practices prevailing in the West?

May 25, 2010

The American Bankers Association as a Debt-Pushing Brigade

Is it really wise to open the credit spigot to those who can't afford it?

May 18, 2010

Dateline UK: In Praise of Coalition Governments

Has the time come to consider new political arrangements among opposing political camps?

May 13, 2010

Nick Clegg: Springtime for Britain?

Do Americans really have to worry about an outbreak of anti-Americanism in the UK?

April 29, 2010

Goldman Sachs and the Vatican: Two Cultures of Infallibility

What does the world's most successful financial firm need to learn from the travails of the Catholic Church?

April 23, 2010

America’s Regulation/Supervision Paradox

When it comes to financial markets, why is supervision as crucial as regulation - if not more so?

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Healthcare Debate: Still Catching Up to Bismarck

Will U.S. leaders finally strike the same bargain that Germany's arch-conservative leader pulled off back in 1883?

February 25, 2010

The New BSE Syndrome

Has the United States fallen victim to another BSE syndrome, this time in the political sphere?

January 27, 2010

Lula, Not Bernanke, for the U.S. Fed

How would Brazilian President Lula make a better U.S. Federal Reserve chairman than Ben Bernanke?

January 21, 2010

Princelings, Inc.

What really unites the United States and Japan in their current doldrums?

January 14, 2010

America’s “Lost Decade” Is Already Behind It

Could it be that America's "lost decade" is already behind it?

January 8, 2010

After Copenhagen: The Future of Globalism

Are we at an impasse where the road to global agreement is clogged indefinitely?

January 7, 2010

The Decade of the Double Zeroes

How will the current decade be described in history books?

January 6, 2010

Dateline Turkey: Outsourcing and U.S. Foreign Policy

What mindsets define the relationship between Turkey and the United States?

December 7, 2009

Why Afghanistan Is Lost

Will 30,000 additional U.S. troops help President Obama turn the tide in Afghanistan?

December 3, 2009

Americanism and Globalism: Joined at the Hip

Is globalism an inherently anti-American concept? Nothing could be further from the truth.

November 13, 2009

Kerry’s Rookie Mistake?

Is the Obama Administration grooming John Kerry to be the next U.S. Secretary of State?

November 5, 2009

Yukio Hatoyama and Globalism

Why is the new leader of the world's third largest economy so against the idea of globalism?

October 23, 2009

Madame La Presidente?

What are the arguments for electing a woman as the first President of Europe?

October 16, 2009

Tony Blair: A Dorian Gray for Europe?

Is Europe better off with a president whose personality reflects Europe's admittedly more staid nature?

October 15, 2009

B.O. = G.O.?

Will President Obama's legacy be a world where non-Americans are the true agents of change?

August 28, 2009

Sotomayor: America’s Global Advantage

How does the rest of the world view Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court?

July 23, 2009

Can GM Rise from the Ashes?

Can the U.S. car company, post-bankruptcy, succeed?

July 16, 2009

Obama, the (Foreign Policy) Realist

Did President Obama's recent trip to Europe really prove he is too nice to lead effectively?

April 10, 2009

Versailles, Take II?

What parallels may emerge between the G-20 and the aftermath of World War I?

April 3, 2009

Hope Is From America

Why does the "hope" factor, even on a global scale, remain tied to the United States?

March 6, 2009

Larry Summers: From Global Economic Mandarin to a Domestic One

Why should Larry Summers now shift his focus away from the global economy?

February 19, 2009

The Common Sense Revolution

What would happen if the organized inaneness so engrained in the United States' economic and political fabric were removed?

January 30, 2009

Are You a Minister? (Or: It’s All About the Money, Stupid!)

An amazing conversation on the role and responsibility of elites in the U.S. capital.

January 23, 2009

Vaclav Klaus, Philosopher-King

How does one best comprehend Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President?

January 16, 2009

Lessons for Europe From the Global Financial Crisis

Are European investors getting sucker-punched by U.S. financial innovation?

January 9, 2009

Athens, China

How are the recent youth riots in Greece related to China?

December 29, 2008

The News of Tomorrow: McCain Replaces Palin with Romney

Will this week bring a surprise announcement from the McCain campaign?

September 29, 2008

President Paulson

Would the U.S. Treasury Secretary make a good president?

September 22, 2008

Prime Minister McCain?

Might it be John McCain — and not Barack Obama — who is best able to forge a bipartisan governing coalition?

September 4, 2008

Ford and the Transatlantic Learning Community

How have rising oil prices brought the U.S. and Europe closer together?

July 31, 2008

Milling Around at Starbucks: An Open Letter to Howard Schultz

What needs to be done to reverse Starbucks' declining business fortunes?

June 20, 2008

Obama’s Veep Sidekick

Why should New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg be on Barack Obama's vice presidential shortlist?

April 8, 2008

Madam Vice President Condoleezza Rice

In what way has Condoleezza Rice announced her candidacy to become John McCain's vice president?

April 7, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s Xenophobia (Part II)

How does the world community feel about Hillary Clinton and the implications of her promises to the American people?

March 13, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s Xenophobia (Part I)

What do Hillary Clinton's campaign tactics against Barack Obama reveal about her worldview?

March 12, 2008

The Clintons, Mubaraks and Bushes

How does Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak deal with charges of creating a political dynasty?

March 3, 2008

Obama’s Secret: The Son Bill and Hillary Never Had

Beyond all the attention on the delegate race, what's the real story behind how Obama unhinged the Clinton campaign?

February 20, 2008

Hillary Clinton and Biblical Justice?

Why might the Bush clan be secretly rooting for Hillary Clinton's presidential fortunes to improve?

December 14, 2007

Iran and Intelligent Opposition

Are U.S. intelligence services a more effective counterweight to the Bush Administration than the U.S. Congress?

December 6, 2007

The United States and the Rise of Anti-Chinaism

What are the real reasons behind the increasingly broad-based movement in the United States of blaming China?

November 1, 2007

Poland Wakes Up from a Bad Dream

After the October 2007 elections, is Poland finally ready to stop tearing itself apart from the inside?

October 25, 2007

Microsoft and General Gates

What global image problems is Microsoft encountering — thanks to the U.S. government?

October 11, 2007

Dateline Burma: Monks, Not Bombs, a Revolution Make

Is an inverted tin cup a more potent trigger for democracy than any airforce?

October 4, 2007

Dateline Pakistan: Lawyers as Revolutionaries?

Is Pervez Musharraf the Gorbachev of Pakistan — or the Shah of Islamabad?

October 2, 2007

Now He Tells Us

Why is Alan Greenspan just now getting around to criticizing the Bush Administration?

September 20, 2007

Subprime People?

When a crisis hits, is there a tendency in the United States to just blame the people?

August 30, 2007

Minneapolis and Melodrama (Part II)

In light of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, how can the United States regain its inner strength?

August 10, 2007

Minneapolis and Melodrama (Part I)

What does the reaction to the tragedy in Minneapolis reveal about America's purpose and resolve?

August 9, 2007

Chirac, the Movie

As Jacques Chirac's political career draws to a close, have his personal traits served him well in leading France?

May 4, 2007

Dateline Afghanistan: Should German Soldiers Fight? (Part II)

Is it the right of mature democracies to help less fortunate nations secure a prosperous future?

April 27, 2007

Dateline Afghanistan: Should German Soldiers Fight? (Part I)

It seems smart for Germany to not take part in NATO's Afghanistan force. But is it also honorable?

April 26, 2007

The NRA as America’s Cosa Nostra

Why is the U.S. public remaining curiously silent on gun control after the shootings at Virginia Tech?

April 20, 2007

Stop Those Girls!, or: The Don Imus and Nancy Pelosi Show

When it comes to foreign policy under the Bush Administration, is it 'Boys Only, No Girls Allowed'?

April 13, 2007

The POP (Public Opinion Poll) Superpower

Why is it dangerous to legitimize U.S. foreign policy decisions through opinion polls?

March 23, 2007

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Car Industry — Brothers in Arms?

What surprising parallels emerge between the beleaguered U.S. car industry and U.S. foreign policy?

March 16, 2007

News of Tomorrow: Cheney Resigns

Which of the GOP's rising stars will step in to replace Vice President Dick Cheney?

March 9, 2007

The Good Austrian

How has Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger shown surprising global leadership?

March 2, 2007

The News of Tomorrow: Tata Buys Chrysler

What is real and what is fictional about a plausible new owner for the Chrysler Group?

February 23, 2007

Miss Disingenuity

Has Hillary Clinton fallen victim to the classic Washington disease — of being for something before you turn against it?

February 16, 2007

Brian Williams — Staying the Course

Is Brian Williams stirring up the world of mainstream journalism?

February 16, 2006

U.S. Unions — Beggar Thy Employer?

Are U.S. unions to blame for the troubles of key U.S. industries?

August 1, 2005

The Real Newsweek Scandal

Why was a crucial story missing from Newsweek's U.S. edition?

May 20, 2005

Europe — As Irritating as Women’s Lib?

Four theses on where the United States stands vis-à-vis Europe.

February 25, 2005

Mr. Bush in Europe — Leadership Primacy No More

Can U.S. and UK policymakers maintain their agenda-setting power after Iraq?

February 21, 2005

Vaccines: The Ultimate Form of U.S. Outsourcing

Should the United States have a strategic vaccine reserve?

October 14, 2004

Iraq and 21st Century Liberation Theology

What key lesson should Poland's 1980s experience have provided for the liberation of Iraq?

October 1, 2004

Wanted: An Extra 20 Million U.S. Voters

Does Indonesia's high voter turnout make it the world's second-largest democracy?

September 24, 2004

Hollywood as a Tool of German Foreign Policy?

Have the Germans discovered an alternative to war in order to conduct their foreign policy?

May 28, 2004

The Bob Woodward Peep Show

Do the U.S. media absolve themselves through Bob Woodward's latest book for having failed to do their job?

May 11, 2004

Islam — The Power of Women

Can societies continue to survive if they exclude women from professional life?

February 4, 2004

The Second Boston Tea Party

Should the U.S. pharma industry worry that the rebellion against prescription drug costs will turn into a replay of 1773?

January 26, 2004

Libya and Transatlantic Cooperation

Are recent events heralding nations' push toward non-proliferation — or is this just a happy interlude?

December 23, 2003

U.S. Anti-Communists’ China Fears

Shouldn't Americans be grateful for China's smooth transition to the market economy — instead of trying to undermine it?

December 11, 2003

Bush's America and Icarus's Flight

Are U.S. foreign policymakers flying too close to the sun?

November 7, 2003

Globalization Vs. Democratization: Doubly Unfinished U.S. Business?

From globalization to democratization — has the United States embarked on yet another unfinished business?

October 31, 2003

Joe Wilson and the Car Mechanic

How much can U.S. media learn from car mechanics when it comes to courage and service mentality?

October 24, 2003

Iraq’s Railways and Amtrak

Is U.S. reconstruction policy abroad more sensible than it is at home?

October 14, 2003

Tony Blair: Dr. Faust — Or Mephistopheles?

Does the British Prime Minister resemble a German literary character?

September 19, 2003

Will You Still Love Us Tomorrow?

In view of 20th century history, should Poland still be worried about its German neighbor to the West?

September 2, 2003

The Washington ‘PR’ess Corps

Have the U.S. media become followers instead of leaders in enabling informed public discourse?

August 22, 2003

An American Heroine

Will U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson bring a new spirit to Capitol Hill?

July 31, 2003

The Neo-Imperialists

Will today's leading U.S. thinkers be known in the future as the 'Most Grandiose Generation'?

July 25, 2003

Italy’s Oligarch: The Berlusconi Story

Has Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi brought back a medieval style of power play?

July 8, 2003

The U.S. Media and Global Respect

Is the U.S. media such an opinion-shaping force it believes itself to be?

April 11, 2003

The U.S. Congress Vs. the United Nations: Profiles in Courage

Has the U.S. Congress become irrelevant to U.S. foreign policy decisions?

March 26, 2003

Lucky Bastards — or Geniuses?

Are some world leaders just lucky — or are they brilliant visionaries?

March 21, 2003

Germany — Drifting No More

Is the European shift to the east changing how the international community views Germany?

March 12, 2003

A Historic Weekend

Does March 1, 2003 mark a major turning point for both the United States, Turkey and the world?

March 4, 2003

Bush — 0 for 3 in ’04?

Is George W. Bush failing to make good on his promises to the American people?

February 27, 2003

A Turkish Peace Plan?

How will the American people react, once they realize that war-making is a pay-as-you-go business?

February 21, 2003

Reverse Domino Theory

Is George W. Bush applying the "Domino Theory" to the countries of the Middle East?

February 20, 2003

The Oil Spoils of Iraq

Can U.S. allies —such as France, Russia and Germany — afford not to support war in Iraq?

February 11, 2003

Chemical Weapons and European Memories

How does U.S. recalcitrance on chemical weapons treaties appear to Europeans?

February 7, 2003

Back to 1913?

What are the lessons of the breakdown in globalization in 1914 for today?

February 6, 2003

Are America's Allies Loyal?

How should the United States respond to criticism from its allies?

January 29, 2003

How Qatar Dominates the World

How did Qatar's capital Doha emerge as one of the most important world capitals in the 21st century?

January 14, 2003

North Korea: Just Who's Pulling the Marionette's Strings?

Which is the one big power to gain from the U.S.-North Korean stand-off?

January 8, 2003

The 2004 Race: Martin Sheen for U.S. President?

Do the U.S. Democrats have any viable candidate for the 2004 presidential elections?

December 17, 2002

Schröder and Bush: Political Brothers in Arms

What do the parallels between U.S. and German elections mean for the White House?

November 7, 2002

Tony Blair's 1812 Reasons, Plus One

How to solve the riddle of why the British Prime Minister is so keen to stand on President Bush's side?

September 24, 2002

A Wake-Up Call for Germany

What should tell the Germans once and for all that they are collectively moving in slow motion?

September 17, 2002

Washington’s Power/Powell Politics

How does the Bush Administration treat its own Secretary of State? Stephan Richter provides an inside Washington perspective.

September 6, 2002

A Peculiar Form of Global Harmony

Does the current U.S. economic downturn make Americans appreciate the Asian crisis of 1998?

July 16, 2002

Can America Count?

Are U.S. financial services becoming the laughing stock of the world?

July 1, 2002

The Globalist Manifesto: Who is a Globalist?

For all the talk about globalization and the global economy, we ask: Who is a globalist?

May 17, 2002

A Marshall Plan for the 21st Century?

Today, America is the world's unchallenged superpower. But how it chooses to take on the responsibilities of such a role makes a huge difference to world politics and the global economy.

April 12, 2002

Lamy, Steel and the World

Is EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy trying to bring about a historic role reversal in world politics?

April 1, 2002

The New Global Aid-Defense Standard

Is there an emerging global standard linking aid and defense spending levels?

March 19, 2002

How Europe Finally Happened

How much can children teach you about the new Europe now taking shape?

January 19, 2002

Bin Laden — Promoter of Globalization?

Did the September 11 attacks achieve the exact opposite of what bin Laden had in mind?

November 28, 2001

U.S. Anti-Terrorism Strategy — First Kill All the SUVs

Do you think Americans are willing to change their way of life in light of the terrorist attacks?

October 17, 2001

Who’s Driving that Jag?

What are the early signs that Poland is closing the gap with its Western European neighbors?

September 24, 2001

Pictures at a Chinese Exhibition

How does China's capital Beijing compare to Asian mega-cities?

September 17, 2001

Russia’s Nigeria Connection

Does Russia's economy resemble that of late 19th century Germany — or present-day Nigeria?

September 5, 2001

Stakhanov — Made in U.S.A.

Do you think U.S. President George W. Bush models his energy policy on Stalin?

May 23, 2001

Top Five Reasons Why California Resembles an Asian Tiger State

Is California growing an economy look like its neighbors across the Pacific?

January 26, 2001

Welcome to the Boeing Panda House

What's the ideal way to demonstrate the strong bond between the United States and China?

March 2, 2000