Weekly Geopolitical Report

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Geopolitics of the 2020 Election: Part II (June 1, 2020)

by Bill O’Grady | PDF In this five-part series on the geopolitics of the 2020 election, we have broken the reports into nine sections. In Part I, we covered the basics of public finance.  This week, we will cover the second and third sections, understanding the electorate and party coalitions. Understanding the Electorate Understanding the… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Geopolitics of the 2020 Election: Part I (May 18, 2020)

by Bill O’Grady | PDF (NB:  Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next report will be published on June 1.) In our geopolitical outlook for 2020,[1] our most important issue was the 2020 elections.  In general, U.S. presidential elections are geopolitical issues because of America’s hegemonic status.  In an era where the U.S. is… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Schumann in Volgograd (May 11, 2020)

by Patrick Fearon-Hernandez, CFA If you ever find yourself in Volgograd, Russia, you will visit Rodina Mat’ Zovyot.  It’s unavoidable.  The statue, depicting Mother Russia calling her sons to battle against her invaders, is one of the tallest in the world.  Standing almost 280 feet high, she is nearly twice as tall as the Statue… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Revisiting Scheidel’s Horsemen: Part III (May 4, 2020)

by Bill O’Grady In Part I of this report, we discussed Scheidel’s thesis on the events that reverse the normal trend of inequality and used this analysis to frame the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Part II, we introduced the equality/ efficiency cycle and discussed the first issue that would be affected by a shift to equality. … Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Revisiting Scheidel’s Horsemen: Part II (April 27, 2020)

by Bill O’Grady In Part I, we introduced Walter Scheidel’s four horsemen and examined the impact of COVID-19 using his framework.[1]  This week, we introduce the equality/ efficiency cycle and discuss the first issue that would be affected by the reversal of this cycle. COVID-19 and the Equality/Efficiency Cycle We postulate that economies pass through… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Revisiting Scheidel’s Horsemen: Part I (April 20, 2020)

by Bill O’Grady Although we do cover current events in the Weekly Geopolitical Report, we also try to anticipate changes that may be a consequence of current situations.  The COVID-19 crisis is just such an occasion.  We regularly update the current path of the virus in our Daily Comment, but we will consider the longer-term… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Break Up the EU? – Part II (April 6, 2020)

by Patrick Fearon-Hernandez, CFA (Note: Due to the Easter holiday, our next report will be published on April 20.) In Part I of this report we examined the history of the European Union (EU), how it works, and the political, economic, and social fissures that had already rendered it unstable when the COVID-19 pandemic took… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Break Up the EU? – Part I (March 30, 2020)

by Patrick Fearon-Hernandez, CFA In times of crisis, the future is a luxury.  Or, at least, thinking about the future can seem like a luxury, especially if you’re reeling from the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the devastation of a retirement portfolio, or just the boredom and isolation of a… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – On Optimization (March 23, 2020)

by Bill O’Grady In our discussions of COVID-19, we have noted that part of the reason the virus has been so disruptive is because the world has adopted a stance that optimization is an unalloyed positive.  When I was in graduate school, I participated in a seminar with several professional private sector economists.  A question… Read More »

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