Monthly Newsletter – February 2016

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month we start with a review of the book on the Syrian crisis by Charles Glass an excellent handbook to the crisis by an expert in the field; Robert J. Barro, the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University talks us through the hot issue of the moment, China’s economic growth prospects; LK Sharma attends the Jaipur Literature Festival and finds that two writer-directors having successfully yoked together the rival Hindu Goddesses of wealth and wisdom and a review of Jack Shenker's “The Egyptians: a Radical Story” a must read for anyone who wants to understand how and why Egypt's revolution happened – and why it continues and much more...

 

“Syria Burning” by Charles Glass
By Bendicò

A timely and eminently understandable guide to what is happening to Syria by Charles Glass who brings decades of front-line expertise to the problem. Using reportage, analysis and history he offers a well-informed and amazingly concise analysis of the war.

China’s growth prospects
By Robert Barro

China’s diminished growth prospects are in the news and seem to spell bad news for just about everybody. Robert Barro, Professor of Economics at Harvard University assesses the evidence, arguing that China’s economic growth will be much slower from now on, reducing international trade.

Writers get bouquets, not brickbats
By L K Sharma

The business model of the Jaipur Literature Festival will be studied as a case study, the two writer-directors having successfully yoked together the rival Hindu Goddesses of wealth and wisdom.

Book review: The Egyptians
By Mariam Ali

Jack Shenker's The Egyptians: A Radical Story is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how and why Egypt's revolution happened – and why it continues.

Something is rotten in the state of Tunisia
By Francis Ghilès

Tunisia’s foreign friends would do well to remember that in 2011 there was a revolution in, not of the system. The current state of stasis is not a good omen for the future.

The price of oil, China, and stock market herding
By Olivier Blanchard

The world economy so far in 2016 is a confusing place, with stock markets plummeting. Olivier Blanchard finds the mainstream reasons – China and the oil price dip – wanting.

Turning Down the Heat
By Julian Kirchherr - Karsten Haustein

The Paris Climate Agreement signals unprecedented momentum to combat global warming but the Earth has already warmed by 1°C since pre-industrial times: if current trends continue, the world may see a rise of 5°C.

China’s slowdown and the Chinese stock market
By Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel, Harpel Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on the drop in the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index and in China’s growth rate.

Book Review: Sasha Sokolov’s ‘A School for Fools’
By Josephine von Zitzewitz

A Soviet underground classic is back in print. In a "School for Fools", fighting conformity requires confronting the Soviet system—and our inner demons.

 
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