Recommended reading

It occurred to me that some people who read this blog regularly, or stumble across it while trying to find out more about the GFTEI program at Korbel, may be interested to know what a GFTEI student reads when not totally maxed-out on class readings. Here’s a few of my favourite sites to read up on the global economy.

Project Syndicate is a fantastic conglomeration of insights from leaders and thinkers in spheres from politics to economic, science and culture. Their Economist’s Club includes accessible contributions from some of the most world’s most esteemed, innovative, and diverse people from academia, government, business, and think-tanks that is a must-read for any would-be GFTEI student. They share views from all sides of the political spectrum. Read it regularly and you can safely say you are up to date with the latest thinking from some of the smartest people in the world on the most critical issues. I’ve found some fantastic opinion pieces here relating to topics I’ve covered during my studies at Korbel. In particular, it was nice to find some succinct commentaries on global economic developments and debates from some of the more verbose academics who I have found myself reading 30-60 page journal articles by for my classes (It may also be worth mentioning that Korbel’s Dean, Ambassador Christopher Hill happens to also be a contributor to the site…but this by no means accounts for my endorsement of it, I promise).

The Financial Times’ Beyond Brics blog for the most up to date daily news and commentary on emerging economies, which, let’s face it, are the future of our world and the source of some of the most interesting developments for any student of international affairs.

The Economist – the old staple. I particularly like their Americas section for Latin American and Caribbean news.

NPR’s Planet Money – this blog from National Public Radio (the US’ BBC) does entertaining serious and not so serious pieces on domestic economic developments in the US, and globally. Practically every week I would find something on this blog relating in a really direct way to topics covered in one of my Korbel classes. They’ve helped crystallise theoretical discussions in my mind by relating them international events of the day, usually with funky graphics and amusing headlines. For example, this entry about how Japan has overtaken China as the biggest lender to the US definitely caught my attention after the session on the future of the US dollar in my International Monetary Relations class with Professor Ilene Grabel (not to mention in light of the hoo-haa during the US election campaigns about China). On a similar note, “China’s Giant Pool of Money” was a seminal Planet Money production about the origins of the financial crisis, which won sweet awards for its accessible explanation of the issue. Highly recommended!

The left-leaning DC-based Center for Economic and Policy Research has some good blogs and publications you might want to keep up with. As with The Economist, I particularly like their work on Latin America for those who are interested in this area.

(If you find it hard to find time to visit sites, or to remember which ones to visit, I recommend adding all of these sites on Facebook. Some are more active than others in posting new articles, but I often find that when they do it is a good reminder to go and catch up on some reading)

Posted on November 25, 2012, in Global Finance Trade and Economic Integration, International Finance, Josef Korbel School of International Studies and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Right post at the right time! Thanks

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