• Coca Cola Can't Go Green While Selling Drinks Cold

    by Bart Elmore

    If the worldwide beverage giant wants to reduce its carbon footprint, it's time for it to reverse its historical commitment to make its drinks available cold—in electric coolers—across the globe.

  • Why "Progressives" Want to go Back to the 1950s

    by Walter Russell Mead

    Biden's developing economic and trade policies reflect a turning away from the free market "Washington Consensus" led by Democratic policymakers like Larry Summers. The political benefits of embracing protection, populism and labor seem clear, but the economic effects are uncertain. 

  • The Liberal Order Can't Defend Itself by Repeating History

    by Peter Trubowitz and Brian Burgoon

    Political leaders hoping to defend the liberal international order often invoke the Cold War idea of nations joining forces against the threat of Communism. They forget the lesson that western industrial nations built a sense of shared purpose around expanded democracy and domestic social security. 

  • Is Globalization Changing Mexico's Relationship to Death?

    by Humberto Beck

    Post-revolutionary Mexico embraced cultural commemorations of the dead—Diá de los Muertos—to help conceal the violence of the regime's rise. Now, that "traditional" culture is again being transformed by global cultural appropriation and the escalating violence of global drug trafficking.

  • The Bitter, Contested History of Globalization

    Tara Zahra's book places the conflicts of the middle of the 20th century in the context of profound global debates about how interconnected the world should be, and on whose terms. 

  • The First Global Deflation is On—How Bad Will it Get?

    by Adam Tooze

    Worldwide, central banks are following the lead of the Federal Reserve and tightening their monetary policy. `It's unclear if policymakers have thought through the effects on employment, debt, and political stability. 

  • Jamie Martin: The Rotten Roots of the IMF and World Bank

    The roots of IMF and World Bank interference in the political and economic affairs of developing nations are found in the internationalism that emerged after the first world war, and its paternalist and racist worldview. 

  • Palm Oil is Colonialism's Continuing Nightmare

    by Max Haiven

    The extraction and trade in palm oil in west Africa has been at the center of two centuries of exploitation and violence, which stands to get worse as the Ukraine war threatens the world supply of competing sunflower oil. 

  • We're Talking about Climate Change with Outdated Colonial Language

    by Priya Satia

    The dominant climate activist theme of sacrificing in the present to protect the future is rooted in the intellectual history of economics which has driven the profligate consumption and gross inequality that threatens the planet. 

  • It isn't Just the Taliban that Ousted Americans from Asia: The End of Yale-NUS

    by Jim Sleeper

    "A deeper reason for Singapore’s expulsion of Yale is the same one that’s been given to justify America’s expulsion from Afghanistan: For all its glitter and wealth-generating capacity, American liberal capitalism has been undermining itself with manic speed, along with the civic-republican institutions, beliefs, and liberal education that have given the system its legitimacy."

  • The World the Suez Canal Made

    by Aaron Jakes

    "The purpose of the Suez Canal, from the perspective of both the Egyptian state and its European investors, was not simply to render the world more interconnected and international transport more efficient, but to extract transit fees from the ships passing through it."