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Analysis and Commentary

Groundhog Day In Argentina

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Friday, May 4, 2018

My friend and colleague Alejandro Rodriguez, director of the Department of Economics at CEMA in Buenos Aires, wrote me a few emails that Argentina seems to be blowing up again in very interesting and sad ways. I haven't seen any coverage in the US media.

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In the News

Latin America’s New Geopolitical Reality

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Euromoney
Monday, April 30, 2018

Professor Niall Ferguson visited São Paulo in April to address Itaú’s annual MacroVision conference, and found time to sit down with Euromoney to talk fintech, social media and trade. In particular he focused on China and how it will impact Latin America’s future.

In the News

Why Bezos Really Bought The Washington Post And Other Comments

quoting Adam J. Whitevia New York Post
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cuba finally has a new president with a new name, Miguel Diaz-Canel. But, assert The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey and Ingrid Arnesen, “the notion that a new face in Havana means a new Cuba” is “sadly mistaken.”


Studying a Large-Scale Voucher Program In Colombia

interview with Paul E. Peterson, Eric Bettingervia The Education Exchange
Monday, April 9, 2018

In Colombia, a voucher program has awarded over 125,000 poor children scholarships to help them attend private high schools.

In the News

Democratic Regress: When Predetermined Elections Masquerade As Fair

quoting Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia The World Weekly
Friday, March 16, 2018

Three upcoming presidential elections shed light on the global decline of free and fair voting.

In the News

Ohlers: Drain The Swamp By Dismantling Crony Capitalism

quoting Stephen Habervia Chron
Saturday, March 10, 2018

The ongoing investigation by the House Intelligence Committee into abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the Department of Justice and the FBI has, if nothing else, further legitimized concerns over mounting American corruption crony capitalism that initially drove many voters to support the Donald Trump candidacy and the "drain the swamp" movement.

Analysis and Commentary

Tillerson Nod To Venezuela Coup Smart, Touting Monroe Doctrine Not So Much

by Markos Kounalakisvia McClatchy DC
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sometimes it takes an oilman to undermine an oilman. Reminiscent of J.R.’s tactics to edge out brother Bobby from the family Ewing Oil company in the fictional 80s “Dallas” TV show, America’s chief diplomat and Exxon oilman extraordinaire is upping the pressure on Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. One possibility? A little military coup. 

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Niall Ferguson’s “The Square and the Tower”

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

AUDIO ONLY Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

Of Trump, Holes, And Our Real Immigration Scandals

by Jeremy Carl
Friday, January 12, 2018

Once again Donald Trump has inartfully stumbled on a truth—and our thoroughly corrupt media, race-baiting Democrats, and too many amnesty-loving GOP politicians couldn’t be angrier.


Raghuram Rajan Bats For Steady Monetary Policy Tightening To Avoid Asset Price Shock

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan discusses the steady rollback of the accommodative monetary policy by global central banks amid robust economic growth.