70 Years Since the Marshall Plan

70 Years Since the Marshall Plan

by George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro June 5, 2017 Seventy years ago on June 5, US Secretary of State George Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University. Few speeches in modern times have had as much geopolitical consequence. In just eight paragraphs, Marshall made...
How Africa Got Left Behind

How Africa Got Left Behind

by Marian L. Tupy June 2, 2017 Robert Colvile’s excellent article on Prince Charles’s misunderstanding of the causes of African poverty provides a good opportunity to take a closer look at Africa’s economic history. African poverty was not caused by colonialism,...
Why Politicians Hate the Trump Budget

Why Politicians Hate the Trump Budget

by Richard Rahn June 1, 2017 Which portion of government spending provides little or no value? The president just released his budget proposal, and the predictable chorus of complaints immediately began from those who want more spending for “whatever.” A quarter of a...
The World That World War II Built

The World That World War II Built

by George Friedman May 26, 2017 On June 4-7, it will be 75 years since the Battle of Midway, the battle in which the United States won the war in the Pacific and prevented the defeat of Britain and Russia. Guadalcanal, El Alamein and Stalingrad followed, all mostly...
Terrorism as a Tactic

Terrorism as a Tactic

by Jacob L. Shapiro May 24, 2017 The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack outside of a concert hall in Manchester that killed 22 people and left 59 wounded. British police are now trying to determine if the individual who detonated the improvised...