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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

mentioning Michael McFaulvia The New York Times
Thursday, July 12, 2018

With diplomacy and world affairs dominating the front page lately (or the home page, as we are gradually learning to think of it), this week’s list of recommended titles has a decidedly international cast.

Analysis and Commentary

A Definitive List Of People That India Can Really Do Without

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Print
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
From Amitabh Bachchan to Gen. Bipin Rawat, from Arundhati Roy to Sri Sri, these unlovely individuals infest every aspect of the luckless nation’s life.
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Growing Cash In Economy May Be Due To Polls: SBI

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia The Times of India
Saturday, March 10, 2018

State Bank of India (SBI) has said that the spike in currency in circulation to near pre-demonetisation levels is possibly driven by political parties hoarding cash ahead of polls. Historically, cash usage picks up ahead of elections across governments. The surge in currency is slowing down deposit growth and pushing up interest rates in money markets.


Michael Auslin: Storm Clouds Over China: Part 1 Of 4: Quad Coalition Of India, Australia, Japan And The US Vs China.

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses the Quad Coalition of India, Australia, Japan, and the US vs China.

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Enrollment Rates Are Climbing. So What Explains The Sorry State Of India’s Education Sector?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Wire
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Economic research shows that interventions aimed at improving cognitive skills rather than mere enrolment rates are required to boost economic growth.

Analysis and Commentary

Caplan On Communism

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 17, 2017

Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, "socialism" and "communism" were synonyms. Both referred to economic systems in which the government owns the means of production. The two terms diverged in meaning largely as a result of the political theory and practice of Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924).

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Will India’s Jump In Ease Of Doing Business Rankings Foster Economic Growth?

quoting John H. Cochrane via Live Mint
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

India’s jump in ease of doing business rankings may not readily translate into investments and growth, an analysis of past changes in rankings suggests.

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The Post-Truth Socialism

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia The Kathmandu Post
Monday, November 6, 2017

President KP Sharma Oli’s recent rhapsody, “Democracy with Nepali characteristics for new Nepal” sounds like an unimaginative parody of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s fresh eponymy, “Socialism with Chinese characteristics for new era.” And it is not sheer coincidence.

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Joseph Felter Appointed As Deputy Secretary Of Defense

featuring Dr. Joseph Felter via Special Operations Forces News
Friday, July 14, 2017

Dr. Joseph Felter has been appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia. Joseph Felter is a former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer and Foreign Area Officer (retired O-6). His past military service includes time as the head of the West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) and the commander of the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Afghanistan. His new position is considered within the Senior Executive Service of the Department of Defense.


Modi And Netanyahu Begin A Beautiful Friendship

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Indian premier’s visit marks a diplomatic coming of age for India and Israel.The Indian premier’s visit marks a diplomatic coming of age for India and Israel.