Category Archives: international relations

Egyptian Democracy

Economies are powerful things. One lesson of the past year is that they can topple governments perhaps as fast as can conventional forces sent by history’s most powerful military. In Europe, the basic story has been sovereign debt crises impacting … Continue reading

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Merkel’s Game of Chicken

Most people know the game of chicken. Two cars accelerate toward each other trying to intimidate the other into swerving – if neither swerves, both die a fiery death. There’s been talk that German chancellor Angela Merkel and the debt-ridden … Continue reading

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Comparative Advantage in Trans-Atlantic Relations

I think it’s generally safe to say that Europeans think of themselves as morally superior to Americans. There’s less inequality in Europe, more social benefits and Europeans respect things like human rights and the Geneva Conventions. I also think it’s … Continue reading

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Assigning Loses: more fun with lists

One of the things that’s cool about smart people is that they can make otherwise obvious points sound interesting because they know how to formulate arguments cogently. I heard an interview a little while ago with David Tuckett, author of … Continue reading

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More Reasons to Support Increased Immigration

There are two basic effects of immigration that can be measured, however inadequately, to determine immigration’s economic impact on a country: immigration surplus and net fiscal transfer. Immigration surplus tries to count the ways immigrants contribute to the economy – … Continue reading

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Looking at Maps Differently

These maps have been around for a while but it’s still really interesting to see the distribution of the world’s wealth measured by GDP per capita. Basically a region’s wealth correlated with it’s population until the Industrial Revolution when Europe … Continue reading

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The European debt crisis, dependency theory and trying to make lists

All this talk lately about fission in the EU and the creation of a “two-speed” Europe has got me thinking back on Immanuel Wallerstein, dependence theory and what it means to be a core, peripheral or semi-peripheral country. One of … Continue reading

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