What Does the Second Wave of the Pandemic Mean for the Global Economy?

22.09/2020

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The first wave of COVID-19 passed through most of the developed countries, including Russia, in March-June 2020. China dealt with it earlier, in January-March, the United States in general, as well. Brazil, India, and many developing countries got hit by this wave later and, apparently, are still facing it, in September. The characteristics of the First Wave are clear: it is sudden, health systems are unprepared in many countries for such a shock, it is transferred from country to country by tourists, and it deals a blow to the elderly and areas with a high concentration of poor people. 

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An India-China reset is still possible

15.09/2020

India should refocus on constructively engaging China to take advantage of its meteoric rise

A joint statement wasn’t anticipated after the talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10. In diplomatic terms, a joint statement signals that a “critical mass” developed through the three-hour discussion between the top diplomats. 

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Delineation of one LAC and India-China military disengagement requires Mediation

15.09/2020

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The joint announcement of Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow is like straws for drowning men to clutch. The operative part of the joint statement is that the military commander level talks will continue. The talks are ongoing and do not preclude jockeying and jostling for better positions on the field to assert each sides Lines of Actual Control (LAC). The huge sigh of relief may be premature for talks don’t mean a solution. Right now they only mean a postponement of armed conflict. 

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Narendra Modi has left India's economy a shattered mess

02.09/2020

Instead of bold reforms, PM has relied on cash handouts and divisive culture wars

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Is another global economic crisis inevitable?

29.08/2020

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Speaking at the London Business School recently, former RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan warned that the global economy was "slowly slipping" into the Great Depression-like problems of the 1930s and the central banks need to sit together and define new "rules of the game" to find a better solution to deal with it. Rajan, who has been the IMF's Chief Economist and is among the few to have rightly predicted the financial crisis of 2007. 

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Dear Friends and Social Business Enthusiasts, Greetings from Yunus Centre!

25.08/2020









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What Is Life? What a Moving Story- Sir Paul Nurse

17.08/2020

Sir Paul Nurse FRS, Director, Francis Crick Institute


'Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction. He is Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, and has served as President of the Royal Society, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University.

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Reimagining independence

17.08/2020

Narendra Modi is not the first Indian prime minister to embrace the idea of self-reliance but he has given the phrase a nationalistic ring. Can Atmanirbhar Bharat become the soaring idea that lifts the Indian economy out of the doldrums? 

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Poetry is the Education that Nourishes the Heart and Nurtures the Soul

10.08/2020

‘I'm glad the sky is painted blue, 

And the earth is painted green,

With such a lot of nice fresh air 

All sandwiched in between.’- Anon. 

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30th ECONOMIC FORUM ‘Europe: Solidarity, Liberty, Community’ Krynica-Zdrój, 8th-10th September 2020

05.08/2020

Vision & Global Trends – International Institute for Global Analyses proudly announces its partnership with Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies (Fundacja Instytut Studiów Wschodnich). 

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A message from Yunus Centre

04.08/2020

Dear Colleagues, Friends, and Social Business Enthusiasts,

We are very happy to introduce our new initiative from Yunus Centre under the banner of the “YSBC Web Lecture Series”. This will be an endeavor of the Yunus Centre Social Business Academy aimed at spreading knowledge and creating easily accessible resources on the subject of social business. This will help students to learn about social business, entrepreneurs to get interested in initiating social businesses, and individuals, foundations, and businesses to invest in social businesses. The purpose of the lecture series will be served if it can generate exponential interest from all segments of societies all around the world. We are starting this lecture series in the English language only. However, we would explore the need for similar lectures in other languages like Bangla, Hindi, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, or any other languages. Please find below some information on the YSBC Web Lecture Series. 

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Roma: crocevia tra Washington, Mosca e Pechino

30.07/2020

Le rotte che lo attraversano e le faglie di instabilità che lo circondano fanno del Mediterraneo uno tra gli spazi marittimi più importanti del pianeta. Le profonde trasformazioni degli equilibri globali stanno segnando il lento declino di vecchie egemonie – o almeno, il loro ridimensionamento – e l'affermazione di nuove. La pandemia del Covid-19 ha scatenato un'accelerazione iperbolica di queste tendenze, rinnovando la centralità internazionale del Mediterraneo, e della penisola che vi si protende.

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Eid Greetings from Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

30.07/2020 

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Artificial Intelligence and USA: National strategic approach against future technological threats

11.07/2020

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): too many words revolve around this concept, but there is not still a standard definition to define its meaning and importance. 

To start with, it is fundamental to understand what is generally meant by artificial intelligence. 

In the broadest terms, the AI it is the ability of a technological system to sort out problems or perform tasks and activities typical of the human mind and ability. Looking at the IT sector, we could identify AI as the discipline that deals with machines (hardware and software) capable of taking actions autonomously.

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The US–China Disruption and the World Order

11.07/2020

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China’s foreign minister recently declared that “some political for­ces in the US (United States)” are pushing US and China “to the brink of a new Cold War.” Many analysts too predict that Washington and Beijing are poised for a contentious ideological struggle that could unravel the world as it exists today. The fact, however, is we are still at a flux. Neither Beijing or Washington have truly come to terms with the next chapter in their interactions or its implications for the future international order. Each side will have a vote on the future course of the relationship. 

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Make COVID-19 Vaccine A Global Common Good

08.07/2020


114 World Leaders including 19 Nobel Laureates, 36 former Chief of State and Governments, Political Leaders, Artistes, International NGOs and Institutions have signed a call initiated by Yunus Centre to declare COVID-19 Vaccines as a global common good.

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Many Kathas for His Holiness

06.07/2020

Keywords: Tibet | Buddhism | Dalai Lama | India | China | Maoism | Nehru | Traditions | Spirituality | Science and Dogma | Pop Culture | History

In 1956, on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti celebration, a prayer in Tibetan was composed for the long life of the young 14th Dalai Lama, then still living in Lhasa under Chinese occupation. The wish of longevity, at least, has been fulfilled. 

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‘Frozen conflict’ in Ladakh

06.07/2020

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India must not predicate defence on assumptions that are delusional

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Heartland Reunion: Geopolitical Chimera or Historical Chance?

04.07/2020 

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Anyone who has at least some idea about the theory of international relations should remember the oft-quoted formula put forward by the father of British geopolitics, Halford Mackinder: “Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Island commands the world.” For those who are sceptical about geopolitical constructs and terminology, this logical chain may seem like a meaningless shamanic incantation. Over the course of a century, “Mackinder’s formula” was repeatedly criticized, corrected, repudiated, anathematized, parodied and ridiculed. And yet, strange as it may seem, not only has this formula survived an entire century, but it is also perhaps more relevant today than it was a hundred years ago.

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EU’s Plan B – more strategic autonomy

02.07/2020

Recent conflict between the US and Germany over troop pullout has become a focus of global opinion. On June 5, US President Donald Trump, without consulting Germany or NATO, unilaterally ordered the withdrawal of 9,500 US troops from Germany. Trump's reason may have been laid bare when he said that the US is not "the policeman of the world" on Saturday. According to media reports, EU foreign ministers will hold video talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.

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