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Silvio Berlusconi has been a force in Italian politics during the past two decades. As the country’s prime minister and richest man, the media mogul managed to slip through sex scandals and criminal charges only to be forced out of office by Europe’s debt crisis. As a new government led by economist Mario Monti takes [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY  — Wall Street continued to careen wildly Thursday, signaling a great deal of nervousness and uncertainty in the markets. Stanford News Service asked economist Roger Noll, co-director of the Program on Regulatory Policy at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, to offer some guidance. The Dow tumbled 635 points Monday, climbed back [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Economist John Shoven, director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), discussed the current U.S. congressional economic crisis with the Stanford Report. For most of us, our minds go numb when people start speaking in trillions of dollars. In practical terms, how does this debt load affect our lives and our children’s lives? [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — Democrats paid a heavy electoral penalty in 2010 for supporting Obama proposals such as healthcare reform and cap-and-trade environmental legislation, say three Stanford University political scientists. They estimate that the support cost Democrats 20 legislative seats and their majority control in the House of Representatives. But Republicans should not [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Costa Rica is striving to be a mecca for ecotourism as well as high-technology business, the nation’s president, Laura Chinchilla, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience. While best known for its commitment to environmental protection, Chinchilla said Costa Rica is now home to manufacturing or research facilities [...]

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Thomas Henriksen, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, spoke with the Stanford News Service about the killing of Osama bin Laden, its impact on America’s war on terror and the repercussions on the relationships among the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Henriksen specializes in the U.S. diplomatic and military courses of action toward terrorist [...]

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Michael Armacost, career diplomat, former Brookings Institution president and now Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, served as United States ambassador to Japan from 1989 to 1993. He spoke to STANFORD Magazine about past and enduring concerns in Northeast Asia. Time was when Japan, not China, ran up huge trade surpluses and posed [...]

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Stanford Graduate School of Business students heard a sobering history lesson about the perils facing today’s economy. At the end of World War II, the United States had accumulated substantial debt. But our country’s economy still took off, fueled by soldiers returning home to join the workforce and by new manufacturing technologies honed during wartime [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Today’s world abounds in international courts, laws and tribunals — more so than ever before — yet war is becoming more brutal, more transnational, with mounting civilian casualties. What’s the solution to the awful paradox? Helen Stacy, a Stanford scholar in international and comparative law, noted that “civilians, often women and children, [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — North Korea is notorious for its secrecy and isolationism, often characterized as a backward dictatorship whose foreign policy boils down to threats and intimidation. But the government is often eager to show off its nuclear operations. And when it is, the job of spreading the word often falls to a few Stanford [...]

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