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April 23 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 23 2014, 05:00:00

The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. If US President Barack Obama demonstrates that he can order the use of force in circumstances other that secret drone attacks or covert operations, the result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 23 2014, 05:00:00

As if relations between Israeli and the US were not strained enough, Israel has refused to join the US in condemning Russia's annexation of Crimea. While Israel's decision to turn its back on its most important ally is risky, it is not surprising, given that the US lacks an effective policy toward Russia's presence in the Middle East.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 23 2014, 05:00:00

The Spanish economy is beginning to attract investors' attention - and not only because asset prices are depressed in the current climate. While there are huge problems that must still be overcome, there is also a clear sense on the ground that the economy has passed a turning point, roughly at the start of this year.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 23 2014, 05:00:00

Traveling to new places - near or far - can help cultivate the ability to form meaningful connections with people of different backgrounds. The most interesting lessons often lie in the mundane - the aspects of everyday life that locals take for granted and tourists tend to overlook.

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April 22 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Apr 22 2014, 05:00:00

The extreme free-market view of finance gained less traction in Europe than it did in the US in recent decades (with the exception of the United Kingdom). But the challenges of implementing effective regulatory reforms in Europe are actually more difficult.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Apr 22 2014, 05:00:00

Many fear that the rise in income inequality stems from the growing role of money in politics, with the rich persuading governments to adopt policies that favor them as a class. But pursuing the anti-oligarchy argument is not the best way to reduce inequality.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Apr 22 2014, 05:00:00

American diplomat George Kennan traced the Cold War partly to neurotic insecurity and Oriental secretiveness on the Russian side, and legalism and moralism on the Western side. If Cold War II erupts in Ukraine, it will be because the middle ground of cool calculation of interests, possibilities, and risks remains elusive to this day.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Apr 22 2014, 05:00:00

There seems to be no limit to the exciting possibilities that come from combining technical innovations, the Internet, and social media. What is less appreciated is the extent to which the same phenomenon is starting to play out in finance, via a democratization process that could transform the institutional landscape.

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April 21 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Apr 21 2014, 05:00:00

Following Russia's forcible takeover of Crimea, it is almost unimaginable that normal economic relations between Russia and the West could survive a Russian invasion or annexation of another part of Ukraine. And, if the worst-case scenario materializes, as appears increasingly likely, Russia would be the long-term economic loser.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Apr 21 2014, 05:00:00

US President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in Japan's history, with its economy moving onto a new growth path that will take advantage of its geographic position. Japan no longer considers itself the "Far" East, but rather the very center of the Pacific Rim, and a neighbor to the global economy's growth center.

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