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PBS News Hour (April 15)

2018/ 04/ 17 by jd in Global News

President Trump is now “trying to confront a dilemma that haunted his predecessor, Barack Obama. Syria’s seven-year civil war presents few fast or easy solutions for the U.S., yet the geopolitical rivalries at play, the presence of the Islamic State group and other extremists, and the atrocities perpetrated by the Assad government make the situation impossible to ignore.”


Business Times (March 28)

2018/ 03/ 30 by jd in Global News

Kim Jong Un’s visit to Beijing “is only the latest sign of moving geopolitical plates over the Korean stand-off. Following spiralling tensions in the peninsula in 2017 over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes, 2018 has brought unexpected, and what could yet prove remarkable, diplomatic respite that has seen a mini-rapprochement between North and South.”


Newsweek (November 1)

2016/ 11/ 03 by jd in Global News

“Elon Musk could likely have more influence on America’s future foreign policy than whoever ends up as president” if he delivers on his promise of an all-electric version of his Model S car that matches “the driving distance of a gas-powered sedan at a comparable $30,000 price tag by 2020.” If he can pulls this feat off, “the geopolitical effects will be greater than anything since World War II. Maybe even greater.”


LA Times (November 8)

2015/ 11/ 09 by jd in Global News

“So are we better off with or without the TPP? If Congress ratifies it, that won’t turbocharge the U.S. economy. If Congress blocks the deal, that won’t stop globalization. And like any trade agreement, it creates winners and losers.” The strongest argument for the agreement may be its geopolitical role, but the costs to many Americans have become “clearer than their benefits…. The president still has a lot of persuading to do.”


Institutional Investor (October Issue)

2014/ 10/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Six years ago the common threat of a global financial collapse inspired a collective response that averted a depression. Today the threats seem to be coming from everywhere, and they are geopolitical as much as economic.” This makes any coordinated solution “hard to imagine.”


Euromoney (May Issue)

2013/ 05/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The record stock market debut of BTS Group Holdings in Thailand provides fresh hope of a broader revival for public offerings across the Asia Pacific region.” The $2.1 billion IPO was the region’s largest in a year when “deals have been notoriously difficult” amid “volatile equity markets fuelled by geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainty.” The BTS deal may prove a bellwether, prompting “long-awaited rush of listings.” In contrast, the otherwise successful $1 billion IPO of Japan Prologis REIT in February proved a “false dawn;” the rush of deals never followed.