The Falklands Referendum: A Hemispheric Balancing Act

The Falklands Referendum: A Hemispheric Balancing Act

In March 2013, Falkland Islanders will vote on a territorial referendum concerning their relationship with London. The question that will be posed to the islands’ nearly 3,000 residents is straightforward: “Do you wish to remain a self-governing British...
Waiting for Copernicus

Waiting for Copernicus

It’s happening in Buenos Aires. It’s happening in Paris and in Athens. It’s even happening at the World Bank headquarters. The global economy is finally shifting away from the model that prevailed for the last three decades. Europeans are rejecting...
Annotate This: EU Response to Argentina’s Nationalization

Annotate This: EU Response to Argentina’s Nationalization

Despite being immensely popular among the people of Argentina, the Argentinean government’s decision to nationalize the YPF oil company has continued to come under attack by those who obstinately promote extractive capitalism. The measure would nationalize YPF...
China and the End of the Monroe Doctrine

China and the End of the Monroe Doctrine

The British firm Rockhopper Exploration was the first company to obtain oil off the coast of the Falkland Islands in 2010. Since then, these oil deposits have raised the stakes of the historical territorial dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina over these...
Chinese Take-Over of South America?

Chinese Take-Over of South America?

In the wake of Obama’s recent tour of Latin America, media reports and commentators claimed that China has been economically outmuscling the United States in the region. The reality, however, is that Beijing’s economic presence has not come at the expense...

60 Second Expert: What Nestor Kirchner Accomplished

The unexpected death of Nestor Kirchner provides us with a moment to look back on the trials and successes of one of Argentina’s most remarkable and controversial leaders. Kirchner was one of the few global south leaders to successfully challenge international...
Defy the Creditors and Get Away with It

Defy the Creditors and Get Away with It

The unexpected death a few days ago of Nestor Kirchner deprived not only Argentina of a remarkable, albeit controversial leader. It also took away an exemplary figure in the Global South when it came to dealing with international financial institutions. Kirchner...

Siesta time for the World Bank

The problem with the World Bank is much bigger than its president, Paul Wolfowitz. The publicity around Wolfowitz’s ethical lapses in securing a salary raise for his girlfriend obscures what’s really wrong with the World Bank. One need only look at the...

IMF Confidence Crisis

As International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank officials engage in their joint semi-annual meetings in Washington, the Fund has a nettlesome new task: convincing its shareholders (most of the world’s governments, represented at the meeting by Finance...