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Weber’s Protestant Ethic Revisited: Explaining the Capitalism We Take for Granted

Posted: August 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm   /   Development, Economics, Web Articles

Author Edmund Ruge revisits the German Sociologist Max Weber’s theory of international development to see how Weber’s theory, as expressed in his classic book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism are still relevant today in the field of international development. Edmund Ruge then juxtaposes Weber’s theory of development with two other theories of development that were proposed by Karl Marx and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

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ISIS Is Not al-Qaeda: We Need a Different Strategy

Posted: July 8, 2017 at 2:04 am   /   Regional, Security, Web Articles

Author Nicole A. Softness argues that ISIS is primarily, and potentially exclusively, prioritizing its territorial claims. She argues that this warrants a new strategy from the US-led counterterrorism alliance: one that treats ISIS like a violent revolutionary movement (more akin to the French and Communist Revolutions), and as a potentially legitimate state, rather than a scattered and decentralized ideological network.

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Venezuela: The Origins and Enduring Legacy of Chavismo – Part II

Posted: July 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm   /   Politics, Regional, Web Articles

In this two-part series, author Vincent A. Dueñas explores the possibilities for the continued viability of the Chavista party after the end of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. He asserts that rise of an opposition majority in the Venezuelan legislature in December 2015 resulted in the most concrete protest of President Maduro’s presidency and possibly a rejection of Hugo Chavez’s socialist state legacy.

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Venezuela: The Origins and Enduring Legacy of Chavismo – Part I

Posted: June 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm   /   Politics, Regional, Web Articles

In this two-part series, author Vincent A. Dueñas explores the possibilities for the continued viability of the Chavista party after the end of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. He asserts that rise of an opposition majority in the Venezuelan legislature in December 2015 resulted in the most concrete protest of President Maduro’s presidency and possibly a rejection of Hugo Chavez’s socialist state legacy.

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Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part II

Posted: June 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm   /   Economics, Regional, Web Articles

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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