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[J. Bradford DeLong] History gives lessons in inequality

The Berkeley economist Barry Eichengreen recently gave a talk in Lisbon about inequality that demonstrated one of the virtues of being a scholar of economic history. Eichengreen, like me, glories in the complexities of every situation, avoiding oversimplification in the pursuit of conceptu...

Updated : 2016.07.29 17:43

[Robert B. Reich] Does Hillary Clinton get it?

Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the antiestablishment and the establishment? I worry she doesn’t...

Updated : 2016.07.29 17:42

[David Ignatius] Is Venezuela the Fidelistas’ last stand?

WASHINGTON -- In a bizarre turn of fate, the diehard supporters of Fidel Castro’s left-wing ideology seem to be fighting their last battle in Venezuela, as the frustrated, hungry population there pushes for democracy and change.The political stalemate in Venezuela continued this week as t...

Updated : 2016.07.28 16:08

[Faith Bautista & Jeff Nino Lim] Bloodless victory possible in South China Sea

Since Spain conquered the Philippines 495 years ago, this country’s destiny has too often been determined by great foreign powers.  However, former President Benigno Aquino III’s suit at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2013 concerning the South China Sea has set the s...

Updated : 2016.07.28 16:05

[Chon Shi-yong] Mayor Park preparing for flight

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon is a strong potential presidential candidate for the liberal camp, but he has neither confirmed nor denied his presidential ambitions. The mayor maintained this position duri...

Updated : 2016.07.28 16:04

[Bo Lidegaard] Hillary and the Scandinavian-American dream

This week, Hillary Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to accept her party’s presidential nomination and present its platform. When she does, she will define her vision of, among other things, the social contract in America.It will be a crucial moment. ...

Updated : 2016.07.27 16:19

[David Ignatius] Can a rebuked China manage anger? 

China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals: They’re making angry statements ...

Updated : 2016.07.27 16:18

[Kim Seong-kon] What if humans were perceived as a virus?

It is so hot and humid these days that the weather forecast says, “Earth is like a furnace.” In fact, Earth seems to be gradually turning into an inhabitable place.While watching a Hollywood movie o...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:24

[Lee Jae-min] Time to take hands off the wheel? 

Self-driving cars are destined to be the first seismic change for automobiles since Ford introduced affordable cars in 1908. Granted, automation is already part of driving. Think about all the cruise ...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:21

[Cass R. Sunstein] Appeals to fear don’t work in U.S. elections

Donald Trump last night offered a funhouse mirror version of one of the greatest speeches in American history: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, in 1933. In the midst of a genuine crisis, the Great Depression, FDR began by emphasizing his “firm belief that the only thi...

Updated : 2016.07.25 16:29

[Robert J. Shiller] Global economy’s hesitation blues

Economic slowdowns can often be characterized as periods of hesitation. Consumers hesitate to buy a new house or car, thinking that the old house or car will do just fine for a while longer. Managers ...

Updated : 2016.07.25 16:27

[Shlomo Avineri] The strange death of Turkish secularism

The aftermath of Turkey’s failed military coup raises a fundamental question: Will President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue to pursue his authoritarian path, perhaps with a vengeance, or will he reach out to his opponents and attempt to bridge the deep fissures in Turkish society?The jury ...

Updated : 2016.07.25 16:25

[Chung Kwan-joo] King Sejong Institutes: Reaching Out to the World

Earlier this month, the eigth Korean Educators Conference was held at the National Museum of Korea. It brought together instructors teaching Korean at King Sejong Institutes around the world. One of t...

Updated : 2016.07.24 16:10

[Park Sang-seek] Brexit’s implications for the world order

Brexit has alarmed practically the whole world, and world political leaders, pundits, columnists and mass media have expressed their views on its impact on the future of the U.K., the EU and the world...

Updated : 2016.07.24 16:01

[Dave Barry] The mood at Republican convention

Spoiler alert, the Republicans went ahead and actually nominated Donald Trump. The theme of the night was “Make America An Adjective Or Verb Again,” and the highlight speaker was Chris Christie, who had the crowd on its feet when he presented DNA evidence linking Hillary Clinton to a 17-...

Updated : 2016.07.22 15:49