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Toward the Oil-Dollar-Fed Rollercoaster Ride

By Dan Steinbock

The fluctuations of the oil prices, the Fed’s policy rate and the U.S. dollar are intertwined. In fall 2015/spring 2016, the Fed’s impending rate hikes will cause substantial turbulence in emerging markets.

The Trans-Pacific Divisions

By Dan Steinbock

The White House’s effort to hammer the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Maui failed. As time is running out for President Obama’s legacy achievement, both Washington and Beijing are reassessing their options.


Safe Haven: How A Recent United States Supreme Court Decision Stands To Protect Foreign Banks From Their Depositors’ Creditors

By Charles H. Camp and Theresa B. Bowman

The United States Supreme Court in the pre-judgment case of Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) begs the question as to whether the United States – not just New York – is to continue to offer the kind of creditor protection that allows domestic investment to flourish, or to become a “haven” for foreign banks seeking to “evade the consequences of valid judgments against their depositors.”

The Merits of Eco Governance in a Modern World

By Jonas Törnblom

In this article, Jonas Törnblom discusses the unique way in which major urban development projects are governed in Sweden and calls for smarter approaches to planning and managing today’s cities using innovative waste policy functions, which replace traditional manual methods of collecting waste with sustainable fully automated waste collection systems that use an underground pipe network.

Collective Life Capital: The Lost Ground of the Economy

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 market globalisation, and exactly defines the life-value standards and compass to steer out of a cumulatively eco-genocidal disorder to real economic sustainability.

The CFO’s Changing Role: Growing Challenges Demand New Skills

Scott Davis of UPS, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Joe Kaeser of Siemens AG, and Gregory Hayes of United Technologies: they’re just a few of the high-profile CFOs who became CEOs in recent years. And although most CFOs don’t get tapped to lead their organizations, these four are part of a growing trend that is seeing the role of the Chief Financial Officer move from numbers-only to becoming a key strategic partner.

Long Decisions: Exploring New Ways To Decide What To Do

By Michael Mainelli and Robert Ghanea-Hercock

Today, with a smart phone, any individual on the planet has access to the power of most recorded knowledge. Over the past two decades, connectivity has spawned social networks, chat rooms, usenets, blogs, wikis, bulletin boards and other ways of communicating. As we communicate more, and arm ourselves with more information, we face the difficult challenge of how to make decisions. If the First Enlightenment was about science – “How we know what we know”, then our Second Enlightenment might be about decisions.

Greek Parliament Passes Debt Agreement, but European Democracy is on its Knees

By Jonathan Hopkin


Almost as soon as the Greek deal was agreed, it began to come apart at the seams. Passage of the necessary legislation through the Greek parliament led to Syriza splitting in two as Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, drew on the votes of the right to force through a deal which is worse than anything that was on offer before the referendum on July 5.

Civilised Cities: A New Model of Sustainable Urbanisation with Chinese Characteristics

By Bao Zonghao

The title of the civilised city, which is awarded every three years since 2005, has been the highest comprehensive accolade for Chinese cities. Hundreds of cities and their residents in 31 municipalities, provinces and autonomous regions have strived for the title. A total of 85 cities were conferred with the title by 2015.

What the Iran Nuclear Deal Means – and What it Doesn’t

By Scott Lucas

Iran and the 5+1/E3+3 Powers (US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia) have at last completed a comprehensive nuclear agreement after years of discussions and threats of conflict. The deal sets out requirements for keeping Iran’s nuclear programme from producing nuclear weapons, and establishes a timeline for lifting sanctions that have pushed the country to the brink.

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