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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.

Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)
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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.

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South Asia Is Not The Most Dangerous Place On Earth

quoting George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunnvia The Bulletin
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nuclear weapons are arguably among the most dangerous inventions of man. The scale and rapidity of the destruction they can cause is unparalleled, as evidenced by the two occasions that they were used on civilian populations and by the numerous tests conducted on testing ranges.

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The Balancing Act

mentioning Kori Schakevia BusinessToday
Thursday, October 6, 2016

In the midst of the rabble-rousing speeches of the contestants in the United States Presidential elections, although essentially focused on domestic issues, the role and impact of the rise of China and India have also quietly come to the fore.

Analysis and Commentary

Reverse Swing: Forget India Vs Pak. Watch The Ashes!

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Indian Express
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Boastful talk of the India-Pakistan matchup being better than the Ashes has disappeared these days.

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Economic Legacy Of Lee Kuan Yew: Lessons For Aspiring Countries

mentioning Michael Spencevia The Establishment Post
Monday, April 27, 2015

Developing countries have much to learn from Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore who transformed the republic from a third world economy to one of the most advanced countries in one generation. The lessons for countries aspiring to learn from the Singapore development model are clear – strengthen institutions and improve governance.