The global recovery from the Great Recession of 2009 has just entered its eighth year and shows few signs of fading.
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For decades, outsiders have thought of China as a country where religion and faith play marginal roles.
During the nineteenth century, the United States played a minor role in the global balance of power.
Foreign policy experts have long been taught to see the world as a chessboard, analyzing the decisions of great powers and anticipating rival states’ reactions in a continual game of strategic advantage.
Brazil has rarely had it so bad. The country’s economy has collapsed: since 2013, its unemployment rate has nearly doubled, to more than 11 percent, and last year its GDP shrank by 3.8 percent, the largest contraction in a quarter century.
Over the past two decades, Germany’s global role has undergone a remarkable transformation. Following its peaceful reunification in 1990, Germany was on track to become an economic giant that had little in the way of foreign policy.
The push for ubiquitous surveillance may, oddly enough, result in greater transparency of state practices as the gaps between rhetoric and reality become more visible.
In order to avoid the next economic downturn, bold action needs to be taken by the world's central bankers and policymakers.
Beijing and Moscow are close, but not allies. Scholars and journalists in the West find themselves debating the nature of the Chinese-Russian partnership and wondering whether it will evolve into an alliance.
As Iran enters its new economic status quo, the question arises as to whether the nation will realise its potential by opening itself up to the world, or whether the elite will stifle global engagement.