Andrés Velasco
Friday, Apr 12, 2019

Having just moved to London from Latin America, I recently told British dinner companions that the local politics – with its grandstanding politicians, overheated rhetoric, rampant populism, and leaders who put party over country – makes me feel right at home. Their obvious discomfort suggested that I should not repeat the joke.

Anders Åslund
Thursday, Apr 11, 2019

The money-laundering scandals keep rolling in, most recently in Estonia, where a subsidiary of Danske Bank reportedly processed some €200 billion ($225 billion) in suspicious payments from around the region in recent years.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019

The Challenger, Congress, was the first to announce its manifesto among the top two national parties. Its top few promises were as follows. Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), under which 5 crore families or the poorest 20% of Indians will be guaranteed a cash transfer of Rs.72,000 a year ideally in the bank account of the eldest woman in the family. Congress pledges to give high priority to jobs first filling up the 22 lacs vacant positions of central government within March 2020.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Saturday, Apr 06, 2019

RTI activist Sanjoy Basu & Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury (noted media academic & columnist) One of the primary reasons of a resounding support given to Narendra Modi in 2014 elections by the women was his and BJP manifesto shown commitment to the cause, development, security, health and education of women, towards which several schemes and projects were taken up and slogans given. However, going beneath the surface, RTI revelations of government's facts and figures present a dismal picture.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Thursday, Apr 04, 2019

Indian Railways is often called the lifeline of India. The fourth largest network carrying 81 million of passengers, the second in capacity after China, unfortunately is in a bad state today. A plethora of accidents, 135 to be précise, greeted the NDA Government as it came, during 2014-15. But gradually the number has been reduced to 73 in 2017-18 as revealed in the RTI reply dated 28th November 2018 by the Ministry. But the decline is for other reasons than higher safety.

Adair Turner
Sunday, Mar 31, 2019

Ever since major central banks cut short-term interest rates close to zero in autumn 2008, and subsequently purchased huge volumes of bonds as part of their quantitative easing operations, economists have debated about when and how fast the “exit” from these unorthodox monetary policies would be.

Lucrezia Reichlin
Friday, Mar 29, 2019

The 20th anniversary of the euro this year is a good time to reflect on the robustness of Europe’s monetary union. The memory of the last crisis, which began in the United States in 2008, is still fresh in the minds of Europeans: the eurozone suffered more than the US, with some of its members getting hit much harder than others. At a time when the eurozone is once again showing signs of a significant slowdown, it is important to understand what happened last time. Did we learn anything in the euro’s first 20 years that could help fight another recession?

Lucrezia Poggetti
Friday, Mar 22, 2019

Barring any sudden reversals, Italy will formally endorse China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rome this week. Though US President Donald Trump’s administration recently signaled its disapproval of Italy’s engagement with China’s massive transnational infrastructure investment scheme, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed on March 15 that the government will proceed with signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

Negotiations to resolve the Sino-American trade conflict have so far centered on soybeans, natural gas, and an assortment of commodities and manufactured goods. Yet, an increasingly important component of US and global trade is scarcely mentioned: services.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Sunday, Mar 03, 2019

The entire country is celebrating the release of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was taken into custody by Pakistan’s ground forces after his fighter jet (MiG 21) was shot during a dogfight to repel a Pakistani attack on February 27 amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.

Adair Turner
Friday, Mar 01, 2019

NEW DELHI – Passenger cars account for only 8% of total global carbon dioxide emissions, and if you charge an electric vehicle (EV) with electricity generated by inefficient coal power plants, the immediate effect will be increased CO2 emissions compared with driving a modern gasoline or diesel car. So it’s important to stress, as Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, did at Davos in January, that electric cars alone will not avert catastrophic climate change. But vehicle electrification is nonetheless crucial to reducing emissions. If you care about the climate, the next car you buy should be electric.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

Indian air force has struck inside Pakistan and as expected there is a plethora of chest-thumping by politicos on ground and facts of the matter are getting lost. What has actually happened? In the early hours of Tuesday, February 26, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets from the Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed into Pakistan and bombed a target in Balakot, a sleepy town nestled in the hills of eastern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

CAMBRIDGE – The challenges posed by an aging population are manifold, and they are neither new nor unique. The populations of Italy and Japan have been declining for some time, and in the United States, numerous state governments’ large unfunded pension liabilities are a chronic problem.

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

Since the end of 2014, we have been advocating a model of US governance based on the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, which states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Increasingly, California has been exercising these constitutional rights.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Friday, Feb 15, 2019

At the start, let me sincerely note as a patriotic Indian citizen, and as the son of an Indian army doctor who is no more and who was in the thick of the Bangladesh independence war of 1971, that we are extremely grief-stricken and shocked at the Uri and Pulwama cold blooded murder of unsuspecting soldiers of Indian army and CRPF by terrorists funded and protected by Pakistan.