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Has the U.S. Become a Single-Party Regime?

In all seriousness, has the U.S. become a single-party regime?Drawing upon the www.politicalcompass.org model for mapping us as individuals on a systematized political spectrum, it appears that there is no real left in the United States.  There is no significant...

/ April 20, 2017

Five Up / Five Down – Syrian Missile Strike, Part 2

The pedagogy of this piece, one of a series of thematic posts, is to pose an opinion forecast on elements that could be interpreted as upward/rising (UP) or downward/falling/getting worse (DOWN) trends or changes in relation to a specific event...

/ April 18, 2017

Global Casino Industry Juiced For Japan

Melco Resorts and Entertainment's Lawrence Ho invested US$3.2 billion on Macau's Studio City and says he'll spend "whatever it takes" in Japan. (Photo credit: David Hartung for Forbes)David Hartung For Forbes The world’s casino business sees Japan’s casino legalization as...

/ April 16, 2017

Five Up / Five Down – Syrian Missile Strike, Part 1

The pedagogy of this piece, one of a series of thematic posts, is to pose an opinion forecast on elements that could be interpreted as upward/rising (UP) or downward/falling/getting worse (DOWN) trends or changes in relation to a specific event...

/ April 15, 2017

Field Research, Research Design, and Scientific Method (A Personal Account)

My first experience doing field research was age 10.  I had been to Haiti and the Dominican Republic twice before, at ages 6 and 7.  I had picked up French, a little bit of Haitian Creole, and a tiny bit...

/ April 13, 2017

Who is Peter Altmaier and why does he matter?

IF YOU pass the vast, glass-walled chancellery in Berlin at night, you will often see a solitary room illuminated high on its northern side. That is Peter Altmaier's office, a few strides away from Angela Merkel's own eyrie on the...

/ April 12, 2017

Government Plays Casino Numbers Game In Australia’s Queensland

Star Entertainment and and its partners are investing US$3 billion in Queensland integrated resorts, including the icon Arc with its rooftop park at Queen's Wharf Brisbane, and don't think they need competition. (Image credit: Star Entertainment Group)Star Entertainment Group Star...

/ April 9, 2017

A primer on the AfD wars

IT IS a well-established truth that fast-rising political parties outside the political mainstream are prone to division. The National Front (FN) in France has a latitudinal split: its northern outposts are marked by economic statism, its southern ones by a...

/ April 8, 2017

A political audit of Martin Schulz

SHORTLY after his emergence as the SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz was interviewed on “Anne Will”, one of Germany's top political talk-shows. Quizzed on his prospects of victory he observed that the SPD had picked up about ten points...

/ April 7, 2017

Institutions Matter, Or, What I Learned Sleeping with Lions in Kenya

When I was between my M.A. and Ph.D. programs, in the early-ish 1990s, I spent a year-and-a-half doing study and research on Arab-Jewish relations in Haifa.  While I was there, I took a one-month break and went to backpack in...

/ April 6, 2017

Learning from History in Shaping Foreign Policy – A Theoretical Framework

There are two distinct ways to learn from history: The Chronological and the Analogical. The first entails the study of a historical process leading to a given point in time. Its aim is to understand better the causes of the...

/ April 4, 2017

Introducing Kaffeeklatsch: a new blog about German politics

IT IS, to put it mildly, a big year for Germany. In the era of Trump, its neighbours and partners are looking to the country for new leadership. Debates about its defence, its vast trade surplus, its handling of the...

/ April 4, 2017

VIP Revenue Drives Macau Casinos To March Beyond Forecasts

Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin After years of focus on diversification and mass market tourism, old school VIP play has led Macau's casino revenue growth in recent months. (Credit AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Macau’s casino revenue outdid...

/ April 3, 2017

Brexit: The View from Japan (or the “Tokyo Consensus”)

Since the United Kingdom chose to leave the EU, a new consensus has emerged amongst Tokyo-based policy-makers, such as members of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and those close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, myself included. Call it the “Tokyo...

/ April 2, 2017

Want a Scapegoat? Blame Serbia! (a Satire)

Leave Israel and the United States alone.  Leave alone the UK, monarchy, and even the French.  Leave alone the Poles and all of the Polish jokes.  Yes, the San Remo Conference was so much merde-on-a-stick.  But it was a long...

/ March 31, 2017

Populism Marches On

By evening on March 15th 2017 media outlets around the world were anticipating a victory not only for Mark Rutte’s incumbent VVD party, but a victory for rational, liberal, establishment politics while popular media lauds the “crushing defeat” of Geert...

/ March 28, 2017

Silver Heritage Casino Hotel In Nepal Has A Mountain To Climb

Now scheduled to open in August, Silver Heritage Group's Tiger Palace Bhairahawa will be the first casino resort built especially for the Indian market. (Credit: Silver Heritage Group Ltd)Silver Heritage Group Ltd Frontier market specialist Silver Heritage Group’s casino project...

/ March 28, 2017

Religion and Identity at the 2017 Dutch Elections

The 2017 Dutch elections were often framed as a ‘test’ of the strength of right-wing populism in Europe. If Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam and anti-EU Party For Freedom (PVV) emerged victorious, some commentators mused, then there was an excellent chance that...

/ March 26, 2017

Cambodia Casino Deal He Didn’t Want Returns Malaysia’s Chen To Billionaire Ranks

Billionaire Chen Lip Keong has expanded NagaWorld in Phnom Penh from a barge to a 700 room hotel - shown here in 2014 - to Naga2, a US$400 million addition opening later this year aiming to lift NagaWorld into the...

/ March 26, 2017

Brexit: The View from India

Brexit’s impact on India and its relationship with the UK continue to garner significant attention and even more speculation. What are its implications for bilateral ties and how does India view the UK’s controversial decision to leave the EU? Will...

/ March 20, 2017

Inequality, Poverty and a ‘Human Economy’

When influential charity Oxfam published its report, “An Economy for the 1%”, it was well timed to coincide with 2017’s January meeting of the world’s rich and powerful at the Swiss ski resort of Davos.Oxfam’s findings were widely discussed, including...

/ March 17, 2017