Posted by: anotherworldip | 01/14/2012

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Dear Project Syndicate reader,
Welcome to the January 2012 edition of our monthly newsletter. Below, you will find the latest news from Project Syndicate, as well as a selection of some of the most newsworthy commentaries from the past month. This month, we are pleased to present our annual Year-End Feature and to announce three new monthly contributors. Keep up-to-date with all of our content by visiting our Web site regularly. As always, thank you for your continued support.

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2011 Year-End Feature

Project Syndicate is pleased to present its annual Year-End Feature, which includes commentaries from some of the world’s most prominent policymakers and intellectuals.

The special series features insightful analyses of the events of 2011 – and of what to expect in 2012 – by former President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Israeli President Shimon Peres, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, former Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and many more. You can access the full feature here.

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New Monthly Contributors

Derviş and Tyson photos: Copyright World Economic Forum/Photos by E.T. Studhalter.

Beginning in January, Kemal Derviş will write a monthly commentary for Project Syndicate. Derviş is a a former minister of economics in Turkey, administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and vice president of the World Bank. He currently serves as Vice President of the Brookings Institution. Derviş’s recently published debut commentary, “Global Imbalances and Domestic Inequality,” is available here.

Also beginning in January, Anne-Marie Slaughter will write a monthly commentary for Project Syndicate. Slaughter was Director of Policy Planning in the US State Department from 2009-2011, and is currently Professor of International Relations at Princeton University. Her debut commentary, “Saving Face and Peace in the Gulf,” is available here.

Beginning in February, Laura Tyson will write a monthly commentary for Project Syndicate. Tyson is a former chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and is currently a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Her commentary for the 2011 Year-End Feature, “Asia Enters the Storm,” is available here.

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Latest Commentaries

The Lasting Damage of Iraq

by Shlomo Ben-Ami

MADRID – The folding of the American flag in Iraq amid a collapse of public security and a severe crisis in the country’s fragile political order seals a tragic chapter in the history of the United States. It marked the denouement of one of the clearest cases ever of the imperial overreach that former US Senator William Fulbright called the “arrogance of power.”

Violently torn by religious and ethnic rivalries, Iraq is in no condition to play its part in America’s vision of an Arab wall of containment of Iran. Unless the Iranian regime is terminally humbled in the course of its showdown with the West over its nuclear program, the more plausible scenario is that Shia-dominated Iraq moves closer to Iran’s strategic orbit rather than become part of America’s regional designs…read more.

The Perils of Europe’s Navel Gazing

by Ana Palacio

MADRID – While the world anxiously awaits the climax of the eurozone drama, its leaders’ behavior resembles the political equivalent of what physicists call “Brownian motion,” with officials bouncing randomly from one crucial bilateral consultation and vital European summit to the next. The impact of make-or-break declarations that are supposed to solve the monetary union’s problems dissipates almost as soon as they are issued.

Meanwhile, a plethora of diagnoses and prescriptions are competing for attention – and in their gloominess. But their overwhelming focus on the economics of the euro crisis is itself part of the problem because the crisis is, above all, a reflection of deep-seated weaknesses in European institutions and the fabric of European society. Otherwise, what began as a marginal debt crisis, aggravated by political indecisiveness in Greece and in the European Union as a whole, would not have grown into an existential watershed moment for the European project…read more

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Other Recent Commentaries

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December’s Most Popular Articles

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2011’s Most Popular Articles

“The Second Great Contraction” by Kenneth Rogoff

“Is Capitalism Doomed?” by Nouriel Roubini

“The Great Bank Robbery” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Mark Spitznagel

“Is Pornography Driving Men Crazy?” by Naomi Wolf

“Geithner’s Gamble” by Simon Johnson

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