Posted by: anotherworldip | 03/25/2012


Dear Project Syndicate reader, 
Welcome to the March 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 feature a special section to mark the one-year anniversary of Japan’s triple crisis, and present our most recent videos featuring interviews with our contributors. Keep up-to-date with all of our content by visiting our Web site regularly. As always, thank you for your continued support.


Fukushima Anniversary

March 11 marked one year since Japan’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. In recent months, Project Syndicate contributors have examined the country’s recovery, the future of nuclear power, and the broader lessons to be drawn from Japan’s triple disaster. We have collected these commentaries in a special section, available here.


New Project Syndicate Videos


Project Syndicate is proud to present four new videos, recorded over the past several weeks. Each video features an interview with one of Project Syndicate‘s regular contributors expanding on a recent column.

Raghuram Rajan discusses his column, “A Crisis in Two Narratives.”

Michael Boskin discusses his column, “A Referendum on Obama”.

Jeffrey Frankel discusses his column, “Obama’s Recovery?”

Harold James discusses his column, “Weimar Europe?”

Laura Tyson discusses her column, “The Global Innovation Revolution”.

To view these videos, please click here.


Latest Commentaries

The Energy Deficit

by Michael Spence

MILAN – I have been surprised by the recent coverage in the American press of gasoline prices and politics. Political pundits agree that presidential approval ratings are highly correlated with gas prices: when prices go up, a president’s poll ratings go down. But, in view of America’s long history of neglect of energy security and resilience, the notion that Barack Obama’s administration is responsible for rising gas prices makes little sense.

Four decades have passed since the oil-price shocks of the 1970’s. We learned a lot from that experience. The short-run impact – as always occurs when oil prices rise quickly – was to reduce growth by reducing consumption of other goods, because oil consumption does not adjust as quickly as that of other goods and services…read more.

A Pivot to the People

by Anne-Marie Slaughter

PRINCETON – On February 1, the United Nations Security Council met to consider the Arab League’s proposal to end the violence in Syria. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton represented the United States. Midway through her remarks, she began speaking not to the Syrian ambassador, who was in the room, or even the Syrian government, but directly to the Syrian people. She said that change in Syria would require Syrians of every faith and ethnicity to work together, protecting and respecting the rights of minorities.

Addressing those minorities, she continued: “We do hear your fears, and we do honor your aspirations. Do not let the current regime exploit them to extend this crisis.” She told Syria’s business, military, and other leaders that they must recognize that their futures lie with the state, not with the regime. “Syria belongs to its 23 million citizens, not to one man or his family.”…read more.


Other Recent Commentaries


February’s Most Popular Articles

“From Argentina to Athens?” by Mohamed A. El-Erian

“Coronary Capitalism” by Kenneth Rogoff

“Capturing the ECB” by Joseph E. Stiglitz

“Blaming Capitalism for Corporatism” by Saifedean Ammous and Edmund S. Phelps

“The Uptick’s Downside” by Nouriel Roubini


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