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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Does Europe Have a Future?

| July 16, 2015

"Despite its past achievements, the EU now suffers from growing tensions and several self-inflicted wounds. The EU is likely to experience repeated crises and internal divisions, and one cannot rule out a gradual and irreversible decline in its cohesion and influence. Because a prosperous and tranquil Europe is in America's interest, this is not good news for the United States."

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, March 16, 2015.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Diplomat

Taking Stock of Modinomics: India's Economic Course One Year Later

| June 10, 2015

"India's growth, however, is still hindered by its deficit, its limited trade with other countries, and its restrictive labor laws. The long-term success of India's economy and the Modi administration depend on Modi's readiness to go beyond pro-business reforms as India knows them and to embrace a more ambitious agenda...."

Analysis & Opinions - Asia Times

China Frets Over Japanese Nuclear Program

| May 30, 2014

Many Chinese worry that as Japanese politics moves rightward, it could result in the country seeking its own weapons. Beijing's concerns have intensified with its confrontation with the Abe administration over historical recognition and territorial issues. In this op-ed, Hui Zhang argues that it is time for Tokyo to stop reprocessing and eliminate its surplus plutonium as soon as possible. Tokyo should address concerns over its reprocessing plans and plutonium stocks. To reduce suspicions, Tokyo should take specific steps to abide strictly by its "no surplus plutonium policy".

Poland–Ukraine border crossing Krościenko-Smilnytsya, 20 Aug. 2011. Only the EU with its significant economic leverage can match the soft power rivalry with Russia.

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Analysis & Opinions - GlobalPost

EU Can Be a More Effective Counter to Russia than US

| March 26, 2014

"Only the EU with its significant economic leverage can match the soft power rivalry with Russia. Unlike other revolutions such as the Arab Spring, the events in Ukraine are highly sensitive to external competition between foreign powers with stakes in the political course the country is taking."

G8 Summit meeting on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the Library at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, 17 June 2013.

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Want World Domination? Size Matters

| July 28, 2013

"...[T]he joining of the two continents would increase trade and employment. It would facilitate Mr. Obama's goal of doubling American exports and increasing investment and consumption. Ms. Merkel would smile as German cars and medical equipment poured into American markets, and Washington would return the favor with microprocessors, biotechnical devices and liquid natural gas. If the deal is concluded next year as planned, economists estimate the creation at least one million jobs over 10 years, and a 0.5 percent increase in G.D.P., on both sides of the Atlantic. The new pact would draw together 259 of the Fortune 500 companies. Investment flows and tourism would bubble to new heights."

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Fascism's Nascent Comeback in Europe

| March 21, 2013

"The austerity measures enacted in response to the Greek economic crisis have propelled the rise of right-wing politics; nationalist groups are gaining footholds throughout the country. One far-right party, Golden Dawn, has embraced the language and ideology of German fascism, focusing its ire on immigrants. Greece sits at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, and shares a porous border with Turkey. The mass migration of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, in particular Syria with its 1 million displaced citizens, has led to increased violence against real and perceived outsiders in Greece."

Analysis & Opinions - Brookings Institution

Reflections on President Obama's Inaugural Address, His Second Term and Presidential Leadership Style

| January 22, 2012

"But the President's speech was light on the economic problem meaning that his biggest challenge will be to not repeat the mistakes of the first term by underestimating the pain and suffering of the recession. He can't assume that just because we're moving in the right direction, attention can be turned to other issues—worthy as they may be."

Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Time to Reform Complex Tax Code

| December 9, 2012

"The top priority for Democratic and Republican lawmakers is jobs. Reforming the corporate Tax Code by lowering the rate to an internationally competitive rate and broadening the base is just the solution we need. For example, a corporate rate of 25 percent would add 581,000 jobs every year for the next decade and increase GDP growth by up to 2 percent. More important to the middle class, comprehensive tax reform would boost take-home pay for a family of four by $2,484."