Monthly Archives: June 2018

Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

The Australian labour market increasingly exhibits the classical signs of market failure due to positive externalities. The best approximation to Paul Krugman in Australia is the economic correspondent for The Guardian Greg Jericho. Economic literacy is a critical component of … Continue reading

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Washington is Compelling Iran to Withdraw from the JCPOA

The US is seemingly goading Iran into withdrawing from the JCPOA. That might lead to some nasty surprises, for both them and us. Whilst attention continues to be drawn to North Korea, important developments continue to characterise the Iranian nuclear … Continue reading

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The Art is in the Selling of the Deal: Donald Trump and the Selling of the Singapore Summit

Early post Singapore summit developments show a disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric on denuclearisation and reality on the ground in North Korea. Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or better still the prospect thereof, continues to dominate post Singapore summit discussion and … Continue reading

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Post Singapore Summit Developments Reinforce Its Reality TV Aspects

The Singapore Summit aptly encapsulates a reality TV presidency, but it must be remembered that even reality TV serves an important function. The snapchat summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump just gets more and more surreal. It’s only been … Continue reading

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The Trump-Kim Snapchat Summit: All Selfies, No Substance.

North Korea has not moved an inch from its conception of denuclearisation at the Singapore Summit. More substantive progress requires ending the obsession for complete and irreversible denuclearisation. The Singapore Summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has come … Continue reading

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Korean Denuclearisation and the Possibility of North Korean Political Reform

There aren’t two competing ideas of denuclearisation, probably not even one conception, and could North Korea reform politically? The Kim-Trump Summit Is a go, and what will become of it is highly uncertain. Indeed, it is possible that the summit … Continue reading

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The Road to Denuclearisation in Korea: Strategic Stability and Minimum Deterrence Now, Denuclearisation Through Economic Leverage Later

Rather than focus on denuclearisation the emphasis for now should be on mutual and balanced conventional force reductions on the Korean peninsula. Washington’s economic clout gives it leverage to demand denuclearisation thereafter. Denuclearisation continues to dominate the airwaves, with President … Continue reading

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