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World Watch

Insight on what's happening beyond the United States.
Chinese Check: Forging New Identities in Hong Kong and Taiwan Michael Mazza 10/14/2014
In both Hong Kong and Taiwan, residents are identifying less and less as Chinese, a trend that troubles Beijing.
How Green Is Europe? Vaclav Smil 09/30/2014
A superficial look might indicate great achievements. Yet a closer view reveals how far European renewables have to go, and what irrational choices are made to meet EU green energy quotas.
Inversion Crackdown Dodges Real Job Opportunities Alex Brill 09/24/2014
New Treasury Department regulations aimed at restricting corporate inversions are more about politics than policy. They won’t help the economy and may have the unintended effect of prompting companies to move management control abroad.
Good News from Africa Peter A. Coclanis 09/22/2014
The power of individuals and markets in the development process is key to the continued economic dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa.
Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces Phillip Lohaus 09/12/2014
Military leaders must build the optimal balance between special and conventional forces, or risk relearning the lessons of previous conflicts in a future one.
A Deficit of Reasoning on Jobs Derek Scissors 09/03/2014
The link between the balance of payments, GDP, and jobs is not as Paul Krugman and others assume.
100 Years of the Panama Canal John Steele Gordon 08/15/2014
One of the supreme engineering feats of the early 20th century, the canal has been an immense boon to shipping and of major geopolitical benefit to the United States.
No Free Lunch for the ECB Desmond Lachman 07/25/2014
The IMF is urging the ECB to implement massive quantitative easing, but such a course of action is unlikely to promote short-term economic growth and would risk creating bigger bubbles in many asset markets.
Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace Alan W. Dowd 07/09/2014
The next time the United States is compelled to try to rescue and rehabilitate a broken nation, Washington needs to pay as much attention to building free markets as to holding free elections.
Europe's Energy Problem Desmond Lachman 06/20/2014
Developments in the Middle East and Ukraine show Europe needs to improve its energy policy or face serious economic consequences.
 
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