State Capitalism: The New Economic Norm?

State Capitalism: The New Economic Norm?

Governments across the world are caving into the temptation to drastically intervene in their economies. While the U.S. economy continues to boom, many regions of the world are beginning to experience an economic slowdown. World trade volume recently performed its worst since 2009, and officials find themselves slashing their forecasts...

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Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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Assessing the Response to the Crimean Crisis

Assessing the Response to the Crimean Crisis

Following a controversial referendum last Sunday to withdraw from Ukraine, officials were met by cheering crowds as they reported that nearly 96% of Crimeans wanted to join Russia. Of course, the vote did not include the vast majority of ethnic Ukrainians and Tatars who boycotted the referendum, which took place...

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Putin’s Crimean Blunder

Putin’s Crimean Blunder

Conventional wisdom portrays Putin as a master tactician. He isn’t one. Less than a week after the Sochi Olympics reached a coda, Russia invaded Ukraine, violating a millennial tradition of Olympic Truce. The juxtaposition between a sporting event celebrating peaceful competition among fraternal states and the occupation of a neighboring country...

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Russia’s War on Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate

Russia’s War on Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate

With three months of continuous protesting, the riots in Ukraine are playing out with the typical high drama of Russian politics. Many Ukrainians want the Ukraine to move closer to Europe, while the rest of the country wants to strengthen ties with Moscow. After years of simmering in the shadows,...

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