Personally, cryptocurrencies seem risky. How can something with no backing in reality provide a safe store of value? Is this technology ever going to touch my life? Can it really change the way we do business in the world? The more I research this topic in advance of the Global Business Summit, on Oct 9th, the more convinced I am that the answer is yes.
Step away from the very real worries about criminal use of this technology and you will see some equally real opportunities, starting with the Blockchain. For those who do not know, the Blockchain is the technology behind all cryptocurrencies. For an easy explanation, think of the Blockchain as a Google Spreadsheet. Everyone can update it in real time and everyone can see what the others are doing. However, instead of the information being housed on Google’s servers (where the potential for hacking is greater), this information is simultaneously stored on thousands of computers. This means that a hacker would have to instantaneously hack all of the computers in this distributed network at once to change all the records.
“Ok, so it may be a safe store of information, but I still don’t want to put my money into cryptocurrencies.” That is perfectly fine, and I am right there with you. However, imagine you are a small business working on a big international deal. You have the opportunity to make a huge sale that could completely change your business. However, you don’t know anyone in the country you are going to work in and don’t know who you can trust. Certainly you can go to a bank and get them to manage the international wire transfer. However, this can be a complex and lengthy process (not ideal when you are waiting on funds to enter your bank account). Most international wires take 1-5 business days, but for much larger sums it can take longer. Also, the various banks involved will take about 4-6% of the funds as their fees. For a small business, that can add up quickly and ruin profit margins. However, using a trusted cryptocurrency allows for this transaction to take place instantaneously. Once the distributed spreadsheet is updated, you can use your currency right away, either purchasing other goods or converting it to a fiat currency of your choice.
“Maybe it makes sense for business, but it’s still not for me.” I get it; however, look at how this technology could revolutionize the banking industry, particularly in areas that do not have strong banking systems. Almost 1.7 billion people in the world do not have access to a bank account or financial institution. That means that these people are holding their life savings in their homes, where once it is gone, it is gone for good. Cryptocurrencies can help provide a safe space for people to easily store their money and make payments online. Imagine going from storing your money underneath your mattress to an online system that allows you to make purchases at your local market without the worry of being robbed on the way there. If you use online banking to pay your bills, it works in a similar manner, as in both cases physical money is not transferred, simply the ledger is updated.
“Fine, that may work well in other countries, but I already have a bank account. How is this ever going to affect me?” You may well be surprised to know (as I was) that New Hampshire is one of the biggest adopters of cryptocurrencies in the country. Per capita, we have the highest number of crypto ATMs, and have a variety of respectable companies in the state who accept cryptocurrencies. When the online retailer Overstock.com started accepting cryptocurrencies in 2014, NH accounted for 19 transactions, making it the largest purchaser on a per capita basis. This is truly an emerging market here in the state and something that has the potential to touch everyone’s lives in the near future.
“Well, that is all well and good, but I am still not convinced”. If this is still your thinking, try this on for size. These technologies have real and far reaching implications for the global economy and international diplomacy. There are several countries looking into creating their own cryptocurrency, including China and Venezuela. The biggest benefit to these countries, as well as others, would be to avoid any international sanctions. Since ownership of the funds is encrypted, sanctions cannot target individuals or corporations who hold money in these systems. Terrorist organizations can exploit these systems to raise funds to continue their fight against their enemies. Criminal organizations can use this to launder their money and purchase materials for their operations. How this will be regulated and investigated is the next step in the conversation, which you will have to show up to hear.
“Alright, now I am excited! Where do I sign up?” Great to hear! We are so excited you are excited! You can visit our website to register www.wacnh.org/eventcalendar or you can call our office at (603) 314-7970. Want to try your hand at cryptocurrency? Create a Bitcoin or DASH account and send us your payment through Coinpayments Inc.
Looking forward to seeing you on October 9th!
September 19, 2018
Weekly World News Update
U.S.-China Trade War; The Koreas Meet Again; 73rd UN General Assembly; Polish President Visits; Macedonia and Britain Referendums; Guatemala Issue Comes to a Head; AI for the Public Good
Quote of the Week
“Contrary to views in Washington, China can - and will - dig its heels in and we are not optimistic about the prospect for a resolution in the short term,” said William Zarit, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. “No one will emerge victorious from this counter-productive cycle.”
China Trade War Escalates
"Trump Has Put the U.S. and China on the Cusp of a New Cold War" Mark Landler -- New York Times, September 19, 2018
“China-U.S. Row Risks Heading to ‘Thucydides Trap’” Xuan Loc Doan -- Asia Times, September 19, 2018
U.S.-China Trade War Spells Divorce of World's Biggest Economies Kevin Hamlin and Adrian Leung -- Bloomberg, September 18, 2018
After 'Major Escalation' in US-China Trade War, What Happens Next? Jethro Mullen -- CNN, September 19, 2018
"North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'Agrees to Shut Missile Site'" BBC, September 19, 2018
“A Tricky Inter-Korean Summit: What to Know” Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 14, 2018
“Moon Vows to Persuade Pyongyang Amid Standoff” Kim Yoo-chul -- The Korea Times, September 17, 2018
"North Korea’s New Promises on Weapons Stop Short of Denuclearization" Choe Sang-hun -- New York Times, September 19, 2018
73rd UN General Assembly Meeting
“Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to Skip UN General Assembly Session” Edith Lederer -- The Associated Press, September 12, 2018
“All Eyes on Trump: UN to Meet Amid Tension With U.S.” Pamela Falk -- CBS News, September 17, 2018
"In a Complex World, ‘We Need to Take the Right Road’: Outgoing General Assembly President" UN Affairs -- UN.org, September 17, 2018
"UN General Assembly Is ‘The World Cup of Diplomacy’" Anna Pukas -- Arab News, September 18, 2018
"Poland’s New Tactic for Getting a U.S. Military Base? Pitch It as Fort Trump." Paul Sonne and Anne Gearan -- Washington Post, September 18, 2018
"Polish President’s White House Talks ‘Very Successful’" Poland Radio, September 19, 2018
"Poland Says It's Willing to Pay $2 billion to Build 'Fort Trump,' and Trump Sounds Interested in the Offer" Christopher Woody -- Nordic Business Insider, September 19, 2018
Upcoming Referendum in Macedonia
“For Macedonia, Is Joining NATO and the EU Worth the Trouble?” Florian Bieber -- Foreign Policy, September 13, 2018
“Opposition Leader Tells Macedonians to Vote 'With Their Conscience' In Name-Change Referendum” RFE/RL Journalists -- Radio Free Europe, September 12, 2018
“Western Leaders Line Up to Visit Macedonia Before Referendum” Konstantin Testorides -- ABC News, September 12, 2018
...And a Referendum in Britain?
“The People Must Have Another Vote – to Take Back Control of Brexit” Sadiq Khan -- The Guardian, September 15, 2018
"With Six Months to Brexit, EU Sees Theresa May’s Plan as a Threat” Laurence Norman and Stephen Fidler -- Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2018
“Hardliners Block Path to Brexit Deal” Ilia Roubanis -- New Europe, September 14, 2018
Legal Standoff in Guatemala
“Guatemala's Top Court Orders Return of UN Anti-Corruption Chief” Editorial Board -- Deutsche Welle, September 17, 2018
“'Resign!': Protests Against Jimmy Morales Mount in Guatemala Amid Constitutional Crisis” Sandra Cuffe and Patrick McDonnell -- Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2018
The Future of Artificial Intelligence
“Shaping Disruptive Technological Change for Public Good” Ash Carter -- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, August 2018
September 17, 2018
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018-2019 Competition
2018 AWQ Championship Team: Plano West Senior High School
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Announcing Academic WorldQuest Topics
· Country in Focus: Qatar
· How to Deal with North Korea
· Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
· #WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70
· Great Decisions
· Japan-U.S. Relations
· Space Policy
· World Trade Organization (WTO)
· Bridging Divides to Build Peace
· Current Events
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest
National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on
April 26-27, 2019
The national competition is attended by 200-225 of the nation's most promising high school students each year, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 4-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for students to visit the nation's capital, perhaps for the first time. A weekend of substantive programming is included to enhance the experience. See highlights from last year's Academic WorldQuest!
Stay tuned for the official
AWQ 2018-2019 Study Guide
and other important updates!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund
Carlos and Malú Alvarez
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA Board Member Carlos Alvarez and his wife to our flagship youth education program, now in its 18th year, and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund.
For information on making a gift to the AWQ Endowment Fund, please visit the WACA website.
WACA Conference: New Speakers and Scholarship Deadline; KNOW NOW with Santa Fe CIR; Future of Korea Grant Series; International Day of Peace; Global Ties U.S. Poster Proposal; Our Podcasts; Council News and Programs
WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order
The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
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Plus: Ten New Scholarships for DC-based Undergraduates
The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, will be offering 25 scholarships for undergraduate students to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. All selected students will enjoy full access to the Conference.
The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for the 25 slots is this Friday, September 21.
WACA is also pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.
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New Speakers on U.S.-China Trade War
Amy P. Celico
Albright Stonebridge Group
Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
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KNOW NOW: Valerie Plame on the State of U.S. Intelligence Agencies
Sandy Campbell, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations - our Council of the Month - will moderate a KNOW NOW conference call with Valerie Plame, former career CIA covert operations officer (left), on Tuesday, September 25, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.
USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge
The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21 to raise the profile of the day and affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.
It is all about inspiring a day of action, focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.
This summer, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018. This is being distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement all year long.
Here is what Councils need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:
· The website www.peacedaychallenge.org is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.
· For more on USIP's public education work, click here.
Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at USIP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.
*USIP and WAC Harrisburg team up to present "International Peace Symposium" on September 22 - see more details below in Council Highlights.
Call for Poster Proposals: 2019 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting
Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, is seeking poster proposals highlighting research on foreign policy, international exchanges, nonprofit management, and advocacy. Selected posters will be displayed at the Global Ties National Meeting in January.
The Poster Session is an opportunity for academics, scholars, students, and researchers to present their work to a global network of public and private sector partners. View last year’s examples.
Please read the FAQs and send in your proposal by October 1 through the online application link. For any questions, contact Franzi Rook at email@example.com.
Listen to Cover to Cover's C.J. Chivers on Podcast
Author C.J. Chivers
Cover to Cover in September featured a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Listen to the podcast of our conference call with C.J. Chivers on his new book.
Listen to August's podcasts!
Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Our Woman in Havana. Listen here.
Author Jeff Lilley on Have the Mountains Fallen? Listen here.
October on tap
Join us for WACA's Cover to Cover with Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, on her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, on October 23.
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September 14, 2018
Stratfor Worldview: Fourth-Quarter Forecast
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The White House's Enduring Gamble Over Trade Policy. As the White House finalizes a deal to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump administration will increase trade risks elsewhere. China will have to weather an even bigger squall of tariffs this quarter as trade negotiations stall out. European efforts to neutralize the U.S. auto tariff threat will drag beyond the quarter, but ultimately fail.
A Stressful Period for Emerging Markets. Higher oil prices and further monetary tightening in the United States will continue to place strain on emerging markets: For Argentina, complying with the International Monetary Fund's requirements will come at heavy political cost; India and South Africa's populist drives ahead of elections will come at the expense of financial prudence; the Brazilian economy hangs in the balance of a highly fragmented political race; Turkey, by far the most fragile of the lot, will see its economic crisis deepen as a result of political resistance to reform, magnified by worsening relations with the United States.
Russian Weakness Will Be Exposed in Syria. The limits of the Kremlin's influence in Syria will be exposed as Moscow tries to advance a proposal to end the civil war, thereby containing Iran and mitigating Russia's own risk in the conflict zone. While Moscow seeks to draw Washington into broader negotiations, increased U.S. sanctions on Russia this quarter will sour the negotiating climate, though some progress on arms control is possible.
Global Trends. In today's world, nations are becoming increasingly interconnected by air, land, sea and cyberspace. As globalization has knitted countries and continents closer together, the borders of the map and the barriers of geography have been rendered, in some ways, obsolete. Now events in one region can more easily have consequences in another, at times even rippling across the globe. We explore those with the greatest impact on international decision-making during the forecast period below.
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September 12, 2018
9/11 Anniversary; Syria Fights Over Idlib; Russian Vostok; Economic Catastrophe Globally; India Progresses; Far Right Gains in Sweden; Can Irexit Happen?
“If he acts like a 5-year-old…I want more 5-year-olds on the National Security Council.”
-- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, defending Trump’s leadership on national security issues in an interview with Politico on Monday.
17th Anniversary of 9/11
"Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States - Interim Report" Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States -- USIP, September 11, 2018
"NYC Subway Station Reopens 17 Years After It Was Destroyed During Sept. 11 Attacks” Cameron Jenkins -- NPR, September 9, 2018
“9/11 Anniversary: Rare Images Show the Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack That Killed 2,997” Will Worley -- Independent, September 11, 2018
“9/11 Heroes Honored with Wind Chime Memorial” Juliana Kracov -- CBS News, September 9, 2018
Syrian Offensive in Idlib
“The War in Syria: A Battle Looms in Idlib” Ashish Sen -- Atlantic Council, September 7, 2018
“The Battle of Syria’s Last Rebel Redoubt Looms” Editorial Board -- The Economist, September 6, 2018
“Russia Pounds Idlib, Accuses U.S. of Using White Phosphorus Bombs” Editorial Board -- Deutsche Welle, September 9, 2018
“High-Stakes Diplomacy as Battle for Syria’s Idlib Looms” Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi -- The Washington Post, September 7, 2018
Vostok 2018 Exercises Begin
“As Russia Launches the Biggest War Games Ever with China, the Pentagon Will Be Watching 'Very Closely'” Holly Ellyatt -- CNBC, September 11, 2018
“Russia Kicks Off Massive War Games, Hosts Putin-Xi Meeting” Mary Ilyushina, Ben Westcott, and Matt Rivers -- CNN, September 11, 2018
“Putin’s Big Bang in the Russian Far East” Andrew Salmon -- Asia Times, September 11, 2018
“Vostok 2018: Russia Lets the War Games with China Begin” Mikhail Bushuev -- Deutsche Welle, September 10, 2018
A New Global Economic Crisis
“Why Emerging Markets Are in Crisis Across the Globe” Ian Bremmer -- Eurasia Group, September 6, 2018
“Argentina Is Running Out of Tools to Lift Its Plunging Currency” Desmond Lachman -- The Hill, September 5, 2018
“South Africans Brace for Further Pain as Recession Bites” Gavin du Venage -- The National, September 11, 2018
“Rupee Is Asia's Worst Performance Currency...But Is It So Bleak for India?” T.N. Ninan -- This Week in Asia, September 10, 2018
Breakthroughs in India
"What Next for U.S.-India Military Ties?” Alyssa Ayres -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 7, 2018
“New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation” John Grady -- USNI News, September 9, 2018
“India Unbans Gay Sex” Delhi -- The Economist, September 6, 2018
Sweden’s Political Deadlock
“Swedish Election: Main Blocs Neck and Neck as Nationalists Gain” -- BBC News, September 10, 2018
“Sweden’s Far Right Has Won the War of Ideas” Emily Schultheis -- Foreign Policy, September 10, 2018
“In Sweden, the Elite Lost Touch with the People” John Fund -- National Review, September 9, 2018
What Are the Chances of “Irexit?”
“Irexit Freedom to Prosper to Field Candidates in European Elections” Kitty Holland -- The Irish Times, September 8, 2018
“Why Brexit Makes an Irish Departure from the EU More Likely” Anthony Coughlan -- CAPX, September 6, 2018
September 11, 2018
Don't Miss It!
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The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
Cover to Cover will feature a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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September 10, 2018
This Week: New Conference Scholarship Program; New Speakers; Cover to Cover with NYT's C.J. Chivers; Santa Fe Gala Features McFaul; plus, Council Jobs & Program News
Ten New Student Scholarships Announced!
WACA is pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.
Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected applicants will enjoy full access to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
The ten new scholarships are in addition to the 25 scholarships for undergraduate students that the WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, has traditionally provided. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for these 25 slots is Friday, September 21.
Conference speakers added!
Peter W. Singer
Strategist and Senior Fellow
Steven E. Sokol
American Council on Germany
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South Dakota WAC Hosts Funsch for Oman 2018 Grant Series
South Dakota World Affairs Council will present Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East, featuring Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch (left) on Thursday, September 13. Dr. Funsch spoke last month at WAC Albuquerque.
SDWAC's program is the fourth of eight in WACA's Engage America: Oman 2018 program series, generously funded by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Coming up soon, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and Columbia WAC will host experts recommended by SQCC.
September 7, 2018
WACA 2018 National Conference:
Braving the New World Order
The Mayflower Hotel
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For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives.
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September 5, 2018
NAFTA Progress; China Interior Shocks and Strategic Exterior Moves; Swedish Election; Europe Talks Immigration; Argentina Currency Woes
“Canada will not be signing a deal unless it is in the interest of Canadian workers, the Canadian middle class, and Canadians in general…We’ve been very clear that there are a number of things that we absolutely must see.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a televised news conference in Vancouver on Tuesday.
Scramble for NAFTA
“NAFTA Breakthrough? Maybe.” Hilary Novik Sandberg -- Eurasia Group, August 30, 2018
“A NAFTA Deal Inches Closer” Inu Manak -- Cato Institute, September 4, 2018
“Canada Left Facing a Fait Accompli in NAFTA Negotiations” Claude Barfield -- American Enterprise Institute, August 30, 2018
“A New NAFTA Without Canada? Unions and Tech Push Back Against Trump's Mexico-Only Deal” David Meyer -- Fortune, September 3, 2018
“Where Things Stand on NAFTA” Victoria Guida -- Politico, September 4, 2018
Troubling Revelations in Xinjiang
“Trump Urged to Sanction China Over Crackdown on Muslims” -- CBS News, August 30, 2018
“China Bites Back at U.S. Suggestion of Sanctions Over Concentration Camps” Casey Michel -- ThinkProgress, August 31, 2018
“China's Jaw-Dropping Family Separation Policy” Sigal Samuel -- The Atlantic, September 4, 2018
“Detention of Uighurs Must End, UN Tells China, Amid Claims of Prison Camps” -- The Guardian, August 30, 2018
Charm Offensive in Africa
“China Is Doubling Down on Its “Win-Win” Strategy in Africa” Abdi Latif Dahir -- Quartz, September 4, 2018
“China Has Spent Billions in Africa, But Some Critics at Home Question Why” Robyn Dixon -- Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2018
“Theresa May’s Focus on UK–Africa Ties Is Long Overdue” Alex Vines -- The Telegraph, August 31, 2018
“Analysts: Africa Visits by Merkel and May Present Opportunities” Chika Oduah -- Voice of America, September 3, 2018
Crucial Election in Sweden
“Swedish Center-Left Holds Small Lead Ahead of September 9 Election” Daniel Dickson and Simon Johnson -- Reuters, September 4, 2018
“Sweden Democrats: How a Nationalist, Anti-Immigrant Party Took Root in a Liberal Nordic Haven” Ben Kelly -- Independent, August 31, 2018
“Sweden Struggles with ‘Country in Chaos’ Social Media Attacks” Rafaela Lindeberg -- Bloomberg, August 30, 2018
Immigration Debate Heats Up Across Europe
“Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right” Katrin Bennhold -- New York Times, August 30, 2018
“The Irish Times View on Germany’s Far-Right: A Warning from Chemnitz” Editorial Board -- The Irish Times, August 31, 2018
"Europe’s Liberals Fear Continent Facing End-of-Era Moment" Jamie Dettmer -- Voice of America, September 3, 2018
Another Currency Drop in Argentina
“Argentina Hikes Interest Rate To 60 Percent in Bid to Halt Currency's Fall” Colin Dwyer -- NPR, August 30, 2018
“Argentina's Macri Raises Taxes, Axes Ministries After Peso Plunge” Charlotte Mitchell -- Al Jazeera, September 3, 2018
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