Not Your Granma’s Cuba: A New Day in the Caribbean

Much has changed since Fidel Castro arrived on the Granma yacht in 1956. On July 20, 2015, Cuba and the United States reopened their embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in decades, marking a crucial step towards the normalization of relations. Yet, while much attention will be placed on these international developments, […]

How Natural is Natural Monopoly? The Case of China’s Crumbling Hold on Rare Earths

Rare earth elements (REEs) are a group of seventeen elements with exotic names like neodymium and yttrium that are key ingredients in many high-tech products, many important for national defense. Imagine the consternation of Western officials when they woke up one morning in September 2010 to learn that China held a near-monopoly in the production […]

The deal that may make or break the eurozone

It is no secret that the top priority of the new Greek government will be to negotiate a reduction in the country’s debt – as well as to broker softer terms on the austerity conditions forced by its creditors. Until as recently as the wee hours of Thursday, I thought that this would be unethical. Here is the […]

The economics of radical religious terrorism

The Charlie Hebdo attack has led many to claim that – or at least question why – Islam is associated with terrorism. I would reverse the order of causality the question implies. We must first try to answer why there are so many terrorist organizations linked to radical Islam. The attack led me to read, […]

The Grand Bu-da-peşkeş Hotel

I had very high expectations from “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, the latest Wes Anderson movie which was nominated for nine Oscars on Jan. 15, four days after winning the best musical or comedy at the Golden Globes on Jan. 11. Not only because I am big Anderson fan, but also because the movie is inspired […]

Erdoğan’s choice: Reform or religion?

After revealing the first nine on Nov. 6, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu unveiled seven more transformation programs of the government’s ambitious reform strategy at a press conference on Dec. 18. In my latest Hurriyet Daily News (HDN) column, I explain why it is a complete waste of time to discuss the second part of the […]

Turkey: The Sultan’s Speech

The politician formerly known as PreSinister (President Prime Minister), and currently self-proclaimed Sultan, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a great speech this week that summarized two key issues of the Turkish economy better than I could have in a dozen columns. Speaking at the “Women and Justice Summit,” hosted by the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), […]

Why Muslims Fell Behind Economically

I really do not know if Muslims were in the Americas three centuries before Christopher Columbus, as President Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan first claimed, and then vehemently defended, last week. They may well have been. After all, before falling behind, Islamic civilization was at least as advanced as Christian medieval Europe. Economist Angus Maddison […]

Iran Stiffens Resolve to Elude Sanctions in Face of Latest U.S. Penalties

By Andy Tully: Iran’s oil minister says recent U.S. penalties against several companies in Iran and elsewhere will only encourage Tehran to evade the sanctions regime imposed to hinder its nuclear energy program. “The sanctions are cruel and illegal, and we will keep fulfilling our duty with regards to circumventing the sanctions,” Bijan Zanganeh said […]

Japan’s Pivot to India

India’s newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, made his first geostrategic move in Asia’s complex new dynamics this week, and together with Prime Minister Abe, catapulted the Japan-India relationship into a “special strategic and global partnership.”  Two goals focused their attention: bolstering their national economies and contending with China’s growing influence. While their ambitions for their partnership may […]

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