Newsletter – January 2014

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,

This month, Conn Hallinan on the drone war that was until recently limited to Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia but soon to arrive in western China, Eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, highland Peru, South Asia, and the Amazon basin; world renowned economist Barry Eichengreen and Poonam Gupta on the turmoil that may be unleashed by the Federal Reserve Bank’s tapering; John Feffer on the recent decision taken by North Korea’s Kim Jong Eun to execute his uncle Jang Sung Taek; Arthur Ituassu on Brazil’s momentous and historic year; Haifa Peerzada on China’s Great Game and involvement in Afghanistan; Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Charles Wyplosz, on the economic and political repercussions of Russia and Ukraine’s recent deal; Britain’s Lord Owen on the conspiracy of silence surrounding the US-UK trade deal; John Potter on Enrico Caruso who, in his time, was something of an Elvis Presley; Richard Segal with an incisive look at how Brazil is managing its growth story; Anna Theofilopoulou on recent developments in attempts to solve the Western Sahara issue and Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero on the dangers of a south Sudanese Civil war.

The Dangers of a South Sudanese Civil War
By Daniel Wagner - Giorgio Cafiero

The turmoil that erupted in Juba last month threatens to ignite a full scale ethnic civil war. If peace talks fail, a potential genocide may even result.

U.S and Morocco: good intentions do not help
By Anna Theofilopoulou

It is time for the US to re-evaluate its current strategy in helping resolve the Western Sahara. Frustration is building within the Territory and the refugee camps in Algeria.

A BRIC in Search of a Growth Model
By Richard Segal

An incisive look at how Brazil is managing its growth story with an economy propelled in recent years by rising export demand and rapidly increased domestic credit, partly funded by borrowing from abroad. But are the country's growth rates sustainable?

Caruso the Pop Idol
By John Potter

When he died in 1921 the singer Enrico Caruso left behind him approximately 290 commercially released recordings, and a significant mark upon the opera world including more than 800 appearances at the New York Met. John Potter, singer and author of Tenor: History of a Voice, explores Caruso’s popular appeal and how he straddled the divide between ‘pop’ and ‘classical’.

Conspiracy of silence on the EU-US trade deal
By David Owen

Lord Owen calls today for transparency from Prime Minister David Cameron over the secret mandate for the EU-US Trade Negotiations which he hopes to boost at the G8 Summit in five weeks time.

The Ukraine-Russia deal
By Charles Wyplosz

Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Charles Wyplosz explains why the Ukraine-Russia deal involves politics as much as economics. However, the economics of the deal will eventually lead to problems for one or both.

China and the Great Game
By Haifa Peerzada

Almost all discussion of Afghanistan after 2014 hinges on the withdrawal of western forces. Yet into that gap a major power is stepping—China. China’s involvement in turn poses major questions, vis-à-vis Pakistan, India and their own point of friction—Kashmir.

Brazil in 2013: a historic adventure
By Arthur Ituassu

A big year in Brazil marked by huge street protests and a major corruption trial creates new tests for the country's democracy. In the end, the one certainty is that 2013 has shown Brazil to be both a vibrant and heavily mediatised democracy that thinks constantly about itself in a very competitive discursive environment.

Kim the Third
By John Feffer

No one performs Shakespeare in the theaters of Pyongyang. Instead, he is enacted in the corridors of power. The case against Jang reminds us that even those near the very top of the North Korean pyramid harbor hopes of change, if only circumstances were to become more propitious. "Kim the Third" has quickly demonstrated that, like his grandfather, he will act decisively and ruthlessly to maintain his perch.

Fed tapering and emerging markets
By Barry Eichengreen - Poonam Gupta

Fed tapering has started. A revival of last summer’s emerging economy turmoil is a real concern. Those hit hardest had relatively large and liquid financial markets, and had allowed large rises in their currency values and their trade deficits.

Pandora and the Drones
By Conn Hallinan

The drones that roam at will in the skies over Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia are going global, and the terror and death they sow in those three countries now threatens to replicate itself in western China, Eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, highland Peru, South Asia, and the Amazon basin.

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