Dec 2, 2020
In Ethiopia's Tigray, a Battle Is Over. The War Is Not
THE BATTLE, in the end, was mercifully short. The 500,000 inhabitants of Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, were spared a large-scale bloodbath. On...
Nov 30, 2020
As China Waxes, the West's Study of It Wanes
Can democracies compete with China without understanding it?
Nov 24, 2020
The China Strategy America Needs
President Joe Biden should aim to strike a grand bargain with America’s democratic allies
Nov 16, 2020
France's Thankless War on Jihadists in the Sahel
Unwinnable but still valuable
Oct 26, 2020
Illegal Fishing Fleets Plunder the Oceans
They devastate seafood stocks and treat their crews abominably
Oct 13, 2020
Caucasus Conflict Hints at the Future of War
A fleet of cheap Turkish drones is slicing through Armenian defences
Sep 28, 2020
Putin, Poisoning, Belarus: What’s Going On?
Sep 28, 2020
France, as Ever, Wants to Be Both European and French
It is proving awkward.
Sep 24, 2020
The Navy America Wants
China now has the world’s largest fleet, alarming its Pacific rival
Sep 17, 2020
Barbados Decides to Dump the Queen
WHEN SANDRA MASON gave her annual “throne speech” to open Barbados’s Parliament on September 15th, she proposed the abolition of her own job. As the country’s...
Sep 14, 2020
Taliban and Afghan Government Talk Peace at Last
Sep 12, 2020
Bahrain Joins UAE in Recognizing Israel
Sep 8, 2020
UK Suggests It May Overturn Parts of EU Agreement
Sep 1, 2020
What Putin Fears
Aug 25, 2020
A Rift in Democratic Attitudes Is Opening Up Worldwide
People from weak democracies are increasingly likely to support autocrats.
Aug 22, 2020
The Vast Impact of Viruses
They are ubiquitous, diverse and very powerful
Aug 21, 2020
The Strength of China’s State Capitalism Can’t Be Wished Away
Simple, but wrong. China’s economy was less harmed by the tariff war than expected. It has been far more resilient to the covid-19 pandemic—the imf forecasts growth of 1%...
Aug 19, 2020
A More Sober RIMPAC Amid Pacific Tensions
The drills come as America and China are locking horns across Asia
Aug 12, 2020
Lukashenko Tries to Crush Protests Against His Rigged ‘Victory’
The main opposition leader has left Belarus for neighbouring Lithuania.
Aug 7, 2020
Beirut After the Blast
Lebanon was in a mess even before the explosion, thanks to a squabbling, inept government
Aug 5, 2020
Turkey and Greece Avoid Coming to Blows, for Now
But a dispute over drilling rights is far from settled.
Aug 4, 2020
China v America: Who's in Charge?
Global leadership has been missing during the covid-19 pandemic. While President Trump has been pulling America out of global organisations like the WHO, China is seeking to increase...
Aug 4, 2020
How Land Disputes Erupt in Ethiopia
The edges of cities are often flashpoints of ethnic violence.
Jul 30, 2020
Would a Biden Administration Be Softer on China?
Relations with Beijing will loom large in America’s presidential campaign
Jul 17, 2020
Trade Without Trust: Doing Business With China
Nineteen years ago an unknown Chinese company set up its first European sales offices, in a suburb of Frankfurt and an English commuter town, and started bidding to build telecoms...
Jul 14, 2020
TikTok and the Sino-American Tech Split
The tech industry is dividing
Jul 9, 2020
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Must Learn to Share Nile
Jun 29, 2020
‘Greencons’ Are a New Political Alliance for an Uncertain Age
Conservatives and climate activists, once political opposites, are joining forces
Jun 25, 2020
Waving Slippers to Squash a Dictator in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko, who touted vodka for covid-19, faces real opposition
Jun 22, 2020
Who Runs the World?
Crises can bring clarity. In the financial crisis of 2008-09, the g20club of big economies came into its own, reflecting how economic power had spread beyond the rich world’s...
Jun 8, 2020
COVID-19: What’s Really Going On in Russia?
Vladimir Putin claims Russia has covid-19 “under total control”, but whistleblowers say the official figures are fabricated. As well as leading to many more deaths, this...
May 27, 2020
How COVID-19 Could Change the Financial Order
America has dominated global finance for decades. But could covid-19 tip the balance of financial power in China's favour?
May 6, 2020
Coronavirus: What Have We Learned?
Apr 22, 2020
How Africa Could One Day Rival China
Africa is changing so fast, it is becoming hard to ignore. In the short term the continent faces many problems, including covid-19, but in the long term it could rival China's...
Mar 4, 2020
Why the Taliban Can't Be Defeated
After almost 20 years of war with America, the Taliban control ever more territory in Afghanistan. Why has America failed to defeat them? Read more here: https://econ.st/2uS0lOX
Feb 3, 2020
Obsession With Homeownership Can Ruin an Economy
Many dream of owning their own home, and thanks to huge financial incentives in the rich world many have been able to so. But government policies to encourage home ownership were a...
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