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Snowden – Just a Clever Ruse? Propaganda, Empire’s One of the Key Strategic Weapons

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By Peter Koenig This is not about Snowden, the movie. This is about Ed Snowden, the by now 33-year-old NSA whistleblower and hero for hundreds...

After the Election: Don’t Panic, Think!

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By Diana Johnstone In 2016, the fundamentally undemocratic U.S. two-party system presented the public with the two most hated candidates in history. The choice was...

Has the Time Come for Hong Kong to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage?

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By Dr. Karen Lee Three controversial bills which would allow gay citizens to marry and adopt are going through Taiwan’s legislative process will, if passed,...

Chosen Leaders, Proven Failures And Political Debacles – OpEd

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By James Petras The concepts, symbols and signs of the ruling class determine who will be the political “choices” for leaders and officials. Political elites...

The Iran Sanctions Act by US Congress – Versus the Multilateral Iran Accord

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By Dan Steinbock In a broad interview with Iran’s leading international news agency and international daily, Dr. Steinbock takes a critical look at the at...

The Coming War on China

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By John Pilger When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression...

Why the Media is a Key Dimension of Global Inequality

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By Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network....

Assad Adviser Says We Are In A Time That Will Determine The Future Of...

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By Brandon Turbeville As the war in Syria continues to rage on, it is becoming more and more obvious that the battle taking place...

Revisiting The Anthropology of Trump: Ethnography and the Power of Culture

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By Paul Stoller Two days ago the election of Donald J Trump as our 45th President shocked millions of Americans. How could a man so...

The Good, The Bad, and The Rational

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By Deborah Heikes Enlightenment thinkers tell us “all men are created equal” while simultaneously owning slaves, disenfranchising women, and supporting colonialism. The article offers solutions...

Communities, Not Countries, are Best Equipped to Fix the World’s Economic Woes

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By Peter Block As anxieties about an economically unstable future grow globally, there is an alternative mindset much closer to home–literally just around the corner,...

Japan’s Politics is Opening Up to Women, But Don’t Expect a Feminist Revolution Yet

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By Emma Dalton and Mari Miura Three women have in recent months been appointed to politically powerful positions in Japan. But even as seeing...

“Anti-Americanism” in the Philippines. President Duterte’s Subaltern Counter-Hegemony

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By E. San Juan Jr.   Guerilla Incursions from the Boondocks “A howling wilderness” was what General Jacob Smith ordered his troops to make of Samar, Philippines....

How to Understand Syria’s “Proxy war” – And Who’s Fighting For Whom

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By Simon Mabon As another attempted ceasefire falls apart, the destruction of the Syrian people and state goes on. The country’s economy has been annihilated, and...

Lesbian Culture Is Being Erased Because Investors Think Only Gay Men (And Straight People)...

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By Marcie Bianco Money is an ideology. It has value because we believe it does. Similarly, consumer confidence–the quintessential barometer for investors–holds incredible sway in...

White Capital, Black Labour and the After Lives of the Race Problem in Modern...

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By Paul R.D. Lawrie Racism still remains to be a part of white Americans’ subconsciousness. This article discusses the history of racial politics, the persistence...

Anarchy in the USA: Five Years On, the Legacy of Occupy Wall Street and...

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By Ruth Kinna, Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann It was a turning point in the story of a new kind of democracy – and how...

Donald Trump and the World: Five Challenges

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By Simon Reich The election is finally over. It has resulted in the most stunning political upset in the modern era. But that is really...

Five Things That Explain Donald Trump’s Stunning Presidential Election Victory

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By Anthony J. Gaughan A populist wave that began with Brexit in June reached the United States in stunning fashion on Tuesday night. In one...

Loss and Damage of Climate Change – from Managing Risks to the Politics of...

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By Swenja Surminski With the passing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, efforts to fight the changing climate’s causes and consequences have received increased...

The Curse of Aleppo and Understanding the Syrian Civil War

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By Simon Mabon Five years have passed since the deadliest civil war of the 21st century began. Dr. Simon Mabon discusses what caused the uprising...

Bigotry for Profit and “Fun:” Traversing the Wasteland of U.S. Election News

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By Anthony DiMaggio By now, many Americans are familiar with CBS President Les Moonves’ infamous comment that journalists’ sensationalistic fixation on the Donald Trump “circus”...

The Frighteningly High Human and Financial Costs of War

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By Rami G Khouri The ravages and costs of war can persist for generations after the fighting and bombing stop. We have always known that war...

American Millennials and the World

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By A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner The 9/11 attacks have been the defining event of the American millennial generation. The article discusses how American...

Filming Genocide

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By William Guynn Film, with its tangible relationship to the world it “captures”, can offer us, in flashes of insight, an immediate and unexpected access...

Why is Gentrification so Gay?

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By Dana Collins What exactly does “gay” have to do with gentrification? Looking at a case study of gay urban community in a global South...

America at War with Itself

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By Henry A. Giroux As the United States has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, it has militarised every aspect of society. This...

Why Greater Gender Equality in Male-Dominated Sectors is Good For Women and Industry –...

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By Tessa Wright This article explores the working lives of women in manual and professional construction and transport occupations, finding that lesbians and heterosexual women...

Gender Confessions and Postmodern Auto Da-Fé

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By Julian Vigo Transgender politics today function very similarly to auto da-fé where the subject must not only have something to confess, she is obligated...

The Future of Film

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By Holly Willis Cinema, the primary vehicle for storytelling in the 20th century, is in the midst of exciting transformation as the tools, practices, venues...

How Olympic Sexism Is Harming Young Girls

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By Michael Kimmel 6 in 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel badly about their looks. These stats can’t continue if...

WHY DO I LIVE HERE?: On Muslim youth growing up on the front lines...

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By Reva Jaffe Walter Denmark has some of the most restrictive immigration and refugee policies in Europe. Muslim youth are at the front lines of...

Hate Crime Laws Are a Form of Discrimination

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By James Jacobs In a hierarchy of victims, where do murdered police officers belong? The move to conceptualise attacks on police as hate crime is...

The Rise of the Corporatocracy

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By Graham Vanbergen Transnational corporations are wreaking havoc on financial, economic, social and ecological systems in a creeping colonisation of public life where just 147...

Usury in the 21st Century

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By Richard Westra Neoliberal deregulation commencing in the closing decades of the 20th century put into play a global financial system which operates as a...

How the Brexit Referendum was Trumped: Personality, Protest and Patriotism

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By Glyn Atwal and Douglas Bryson  In this article, the authors contend the electioneering style of what they label “Trumpism” was distinctly manifested and a...

Will Africa Feed China? “Begging with a Golden Bowl” Food Security and Commercial...

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By Deborah Brautigam In this excerpt from her book, ‘Will Africa Feed China?’, the author discusses China-Cameroon agricultural development and investment. On November 17, 2005, Yang...

Selling Illusory Joy: Emotions, Big Data and the Coming Retail Renaissance

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By Christopher Surdak and Ed King Today the world is awash in massive amounts of context-rich data. Whether it’s GPS position information, social media posts,...

The Rise of Shenzhen and BYD – How a Chinese Corporate Pioneer is Leading...

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By Taylor Ogan and Xiangming Chen While the world is focusing on if the Chinese government can be a trusted and reliable leader in dealing...

Why Have Politicians Abandoned Economic and Financial Policies to Non-Elected Bankers?

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By Rodrigue Tremblay Since 1999, non-elected bankers have been in charge of economic policy in the US and other countries, with questionable results. Are we...

Donald Trump is the Presidential Candidate the Republican Party Deserves

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By Lawrence Ware Republicans have had no problem using bigotry, often in subtle ways, to win elections. White supremacy is a well-established part of Republican...

The New Tyranny: A Preface to the 2016 Elections in the United States

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By Timothy K. Kuhner Democracy in the United States has been replaced by a rival form of government premised upon the power of wealth. Not...

“Without Haste But Without Pause”: Cuba-US Relations in the Age of Obama

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By John M. Kirk and Stephen Kimber This article analyses the significance of the March 2016 visit to Cuba by President Barack Obama, assesses changes...

Duterte’s Global Impact

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From the Editors On 1st July 2016, Rodrigo Duterte will begin his term as the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Mr Duterte has formidable...

Collective Life Capital: The Lost Ground of the Economy

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By John McMurtry In this analysis, the author definitively explains collective life capital as the missing base of the economy under systemic attack by life-blind...

Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design

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By Barry M. Katz Barry Katz’s book Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design sets out to answer the question of how “design”...

America’s Iran Policy and the Undermining of International Order

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By Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett Strategic competition between America and Iran will shape not only the Middle East’s balance of power, but also...

The Year of Iran: Tehran’s Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America’s hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own...

Can the West Get Out of Its (Self-Made) Cul-de-Sac?

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In recent years, the limits on America’s ability to shape important outcomes in the Middle East unilaterally—or even...

America’s Shale Revolution and the Dangerous Myth of Energy Independence

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Proponents of energy independence enshrine America’s so-called “shale revolution” as a geopolitical game changer, enabling the United States...

The Rise of the Petroyuan and the Slow Erosion of Dollar Hegemony

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett For seventy years, one of the critical foundations of American power has been the dollar’s standing as the...

America’s Never-Ending War in the Middle East

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett While President Obama continues – at least for now – to resist redeploying large numbers of U.S. soldiers...

China Looks West: What Is at Stake in Beijing’s “New Silk Road” Project

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Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett and Wu Bingbing Not even two years into what will almost certainly be a ten-year tenure as China’s president, Xi...

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive, Iran’s “Proxy” Strategy, and the Middle East’s New “Cold War”

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By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Riyadh’s war in Yemen marks a dramatic escalation in its efforts to roll back Iran’s rising influence in the Middle...

It’s Our Economy Too: Gender Equality Is Not A Luxury To Be Abandoned In...

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By Charlotte O’Brien In spite of high profile commitments, progress on gender equality has stalled in the EU. Dr Charlotte O’Brien argues that male-dominated institutions...

The Strategic Role of Marketing-Related Technology in Politics and What Business can Learn from...

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By Bruce Newman All organizations today need to use a wide array of databases available to learn everything they can about their target audience in...

Why Guanxi Matters in Business Relationships with China

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By Bang Nguyen and David De Cremer Business relationships between China and Europe have existed for quite some time and with the a renewed focus...

Cheap and Clean: Attitudes to Energy in a USA Concerned with Climate Change

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By Stephen Ansolabehere and David Konisky In light of the recent agreement between the US and China to cut greenhouse gas emissions, US climate policy...

Failed Statebuilding versus Peace Formation: The Consequences and Implications over the Last 25 Years

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By Oliver P. Richmond Recent years have seen an abundance of foreign intervention to achieve peace and statebuilding. Below, Oliver Richmond discusses how statebuilding...

“Empowering Women Makes Economic Sense”

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Interview with James Zhan Foreign investment holds enormous potential for women’s empowerment through the creation of formal jobs and business linkages – and this is...

Decrypting The Aspiring Indian Low-Income Consumer

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By Glyn Atwal, Douglas Bryson and Ambi Parameswaran In this article, Glyn Atwal, Douglas Bryson and Ambi Parameswaran highlight the common misconceptions held by companies...

Food and Fuel Excess: The Dark Side of America’s Exceptionalism

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By Robert Paarlberg By a wide margin, the United States leads the rich countries of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) both in...

The Delusions of Counterinsurgency

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By David Martin Jones and Michael L.R. Smith The theory and practice of counterinsurgency, ‘COIN’, preoccupied Western military thinking after 9/11. In the Political Impossibility...

The Origins of Business

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By Keith Roberts This essay outlines how business entities began and grew to become the recognizable ancestors of modern business. It suggests that deliberate innovation...

The Fallacy of Measurement

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By Mark Esposito and Terence Tse  In the past two decades, the number of performance indices has proliferated substantially. There are good reasons why performance indices have blossomed:...

On Economic Inequality

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By Harry G. Frankfurt Economic inequality is one of the most divisive issues of our time. In this article, Harry Frankfurt, one of the most...

Where Have All the American Banks Gone?

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By Robert E. Wright and Richard Sylla With the evolution of banking over the years, many banks have flourished and declined in America. It has...

The Problems of Unfree Trade: Various Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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By Binoy Kampmark How free is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Covering a region spanning 40 percent of the world’s GDP and 12 signatory states, an argument...

Tokyo 2020 in the Face of Hardship

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By Robert Hunziker The Tokyo 2020 Olympics reflects a sense of optimism to the world community and has become a centerpiece of the Abe administration’s...

Durability before Democracy: Why Stability is Elusive in the Middle East

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By Sean Yom In this article Sean Yom discusses how the lack of permanence of Middle Eastern governments means that democracy is for the time...

International Law in a Multipolar World

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By Charles Camp And Theresa Bowman From a bipolar world marked by the Cold War between the two major powers, the United States and the...

Failed Statebuilding versus Peace Formation: The Consequences and Implications over the Last 25 Years

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By Oliver P. Richmond Recent years have seen an abundance of foreign intervention to achieve peace and statebuilding. Below, Oliver Richmond discusses how statebuilding...

The Responsibility to Participate: The Problem of Global Engagement in Responding to the...

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By Charles H. Camp and Theresa Bowman Despite the unanimous agreement of United Nations member states to commit as an international community to global humanitarian...

How to Defeat Western Neo-Colonialism

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By Andre Vltchek The West managed to build its wealth, including the social nets, on plunder, deception, slavery and countless holocausts on all continents of...

Learning to Live in the World Instead of Ruling It

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By John Grant So how should Americans live in this new world? That’s the crossroads we’re at, the question at hand. Some advocate a very...

We Will Not Stop Talking about Racism

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By Lawrence Ware and Rebecca Martinez Many white people want to stop talking about racism. Consciousness implies action, and that kind of talking about race,...

Ancient Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth and History

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By Adrienne Mayor In Greek myth, Amazons were fierce women of exotic lands who gloried in hunting and war. The greatest Greek heroes, Heracles and...

Financial Oligarchy vs. Feudal Aristocracy

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By Ismael Hossein-zadeh and Anthony A. Gabb In this article the authors explore how modern capitalism mirrors the feudal system of centuries ago where today,...

eColonialism Theory: How Trends are Changing the World

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By Thomas L. McPhail In this information age, new trends and ways of doing things have changed dramatically. From work, to school, to entertainment and...

The Internet in China: How the Network is Shaping the PRC’s Economic and Social...

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By Eric Harwit Chinese e-commerce and communications companies are playing leading roles in the nation’s continued Internet development. These corporations are expanding their roles in...

Chinese Philosophy Excluded from American Research Universities

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By Brian Bruya Is Chinese philosophy being ignored by American universities, and if so why? Brian Bruya, Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University, discusses...

Harvesting The Biosphere

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By Vaclav Smil Humanity has been harvesting an increasing share of the Earth’s photosynthetic productivity. This has already resulted in a new world where the...

The Culture Map – Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done...

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By Erin Meyer Cultural differences lead to confusion, misunderstanding and needless conflict in the business world. In this article, Erin Meyer discusses the Culture Map,...

Women as Global Leaders: Challenges & Strategies for Getting to the Top

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By Susan R. Madsen and Faith Wambura Ngunjiri In this article, Susan R. Madsen and Faith Wambura Ngunjiri discuss the challenges facing women in global leadership...

A Time for European Diplomacy to Come of Age: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

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By Susi Dennison “People will always want to migrate for a better life: this is a constant reality.” But the harrowing images on the news...

China’s Product Safety Problem: How Should Marketing Managers Make Ethical Decisions in China?

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By Bang Nguyen and David De Cremer China has been known to be the world’s largest manufacturer, but its growth has reduced and thus is...

The Side Effects of Culture Change: How to Anticipate and Manage Them

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When a company transitions to a new culture, everyone, from those who are leading the change to those who are experiencing it, can have...

Recognition of Arbitral Awards in the US – US Courts Explore Two Sides of...

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By Theresa Bowman and Charles Camp Charles Camp and Theresa Bowman share their assessment of two important US District Court disagreements regarding the appropriate procedure...

APEC 2015: Change is in the Air

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By Dan Steinbock Despite diplomatic missteps, APEC 2015 could pave way to regional peace and development. The triangular perspectives of Washington, Beijing and Manila tell...

China’s Key Cities: From Local Places to Global Players

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By Xiangming Chen China’s geographically uneven growth plays a key role in regional integration by creating more varied and largely beneficial global connections. In this...

Brief Considerations on Sustainability and Justice

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By François Mancebo Sustainable development is our major challenge today. What is even more challenging is to achieve both sustainability and social justice. In this...

Germany: Epicentre of the EU Migration Crisis

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By Asli Ilgit and Audie Klotz The Syrian refugee crisis has highlighted serious on-going tensions over migration between EU members and neighbouring states, as well...

Refugees and Refugee Crises: Some Historical Reflections

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By Peter Gatrell The current Syrian refugee crisis provides an opportunity to look beyond the headlines and to locate it in a broader historical context....

The Fairness Challenge of the Internet of Things

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By Bang Ngyuen and David De Cremer The Internet-of-Things essentially enables mass data collection and analysis, to the benefit not just of businesses, but individuals...

The Rationality of Risk, Part 3: Rollercoasters, Burning Ships and the Hero’s Journey

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By Christopher Surdak In part three of the series on The Rationality of Risk, Chris Surdak gives some guidance on making friends with risk. Loss,...

Develop a Robust Female Leadership Pipeline

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By Alexia Vernon In this article, Alexia Vernon provides actionable strategies for organisations to develop their next generation female leaders. Grounding her recommendations in research...

Design, When Everybody Designs

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Social innovation and design for a new economy By Ezio Manzini In a fast and profoundly changing world everybody designs. The result of this diffuse designing...

Remote Teams: Managing Attitudes, Not Activity

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By Drew Gurley Managing remote teams is tricky. If attitude is the icing, function is the cake. In this article, Drew Gurley discusses why we...

Our Digital Culture Threatened by Loss

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By Oliver Grau Media art is the art form that uses the technologies that fundamentally change our societies, and plays an important role in the...

Internationalising Media Studies

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By Daya Thussu For hundreds of years the West has dominated the world of Media Studies, but Daya Thussu is about to prove to us...

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