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The Aspen Institute: Back to the Future: Is the World Heading Into a New Wave of Protectionism?

In the 1930s, the Great Depression reversed a long trend towards globalization: Borders were shut, trade was halted, and tariffs imposed. After the 2008 financial crisis, it initially seemed that this would not occur again. But free trade is now stirring strong political passions, with politicians and voters of all stripes blaming trade for rising …

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Naval War College: Lincoln Paine: The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine, “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World” Eight Bells Book Lecture, Naval War College Museum, Jan. 16, 2014. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the …

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Zachary Karabell: The Leading Indicators – A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World

GDP, unemployment, inflation. Trade, housing and stock market data. These are among the “leading indicators” that purport to define what matters in our economic lives. But these broad, clear-cut markers were developed decades ago, and gray areas have come to permeate the U.S. economy since those days. Nevertheless, these outmoded factoids still drive trillions of …

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