Nation States: Organizational Hierarchies or Networks?

Last semester, during a seminar at Goethe Universit√§t on Geographies of Violence: state, space and power relations in Latin America, the idea of "Nation States as institutional hierarchies" was fiercily challenged by the idea of "Nation States as networks". The "network party", as Anne-Marie Slaughter calls it (2014: pp. 59), is a paradigm change for …

Tech giants face US Congress hearings on competition

Just came across this article on the US Congress hearings of the giant Tech companies Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. What called my attention was the approach from the executives (you know, corporate diplomats) in stating that they face competition and are not monopolies - which, let's be honest, is not quite accurate. I believe …

Ad Hoc: Complexity in Science, Culture and Society

The research group Complexity¬†met on April 1st of 2019 at the Research College for Human Sciences (Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften) in Bad Homburg, Germany to participate in a discussion with the South African cosmolgist George Ellis. His recent work "The Dynamical Emergence of Biology From Physics: Branching Causation via Biomolecules" was the basis for the workshop held …

2019 Global Economic Outlook: World Bank Report

The World Bank released its 2019 Global Economy Outlook in January this year. In this post I try to highlight the key facts and information from their press released and patially from the report as well. Global Summary International trade and manufacturing activity have slowed down. Intensifying trade tensions could result in even weaker global …

2019 Economic Outlook Brazil: Infrastructure and Reforms

On February 4th, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered the yearly Message to National Congress, in its opening ceremony for the 2019 legislative year. This article is based solely on the official document, which is divided in five main chapters: Economy, Infrastructure, Society, Strategic Issues, and Public Administration. It covers highlights related to macroeconomic reforms …

[Podcast] Christine Lagarde’s call for action – IMF World Economic Outlook

In today's podcast we are going to be speaking about the IMF World Economic Outlook, which is a publication that was release by the International Monetary Fund in October of 2018. I actually want to focus this conversation a little more on the press conference that was delivered in the World Economic Forum on January …