Paul A. Friesen

Poorer Countries Admire Leaders’ Strength, Wealthier Countries Admire Their Ideals

A recent report by WIN/Gallup International gathered survey research from 65 countries around the world, asking respondents to choose whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of leaders from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Together, these ten states comprise 57 percent of the…

The Cost of Climate Change: Food Security for the World’s Poor

In Zimbabwe, over 4 million people are likely go hungry at some point during 2016. For a country once considered the breadbasket of Southern Africa, food availability per person in 2014 was the lowest ever recorded according to the World Bank. This spring’s absent harvest will leave the country desperately requiring food assistance, just as…

How Fracking and Dodd-Frank are Reshaping Petro-Politics Around the World

A number of authoritarian regimes around the world are heavily dependent on oil revenues and institutional corruption to remain in power. However, two seemingly unconnected U.S. trends: the rise of “fracking” and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms may in fact play a substantial role in creating new opportunities for political reform and sustainable economic development…

Poorer Countries Admire Leaders’ Strength, Wealthier Countries Admire Their Ideals

A recent report by WIN/Gallup International gathered survey research from 65 countries around the world, asking respondents to choose whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of leaders from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Together, these ten states comprise 57 percent of the…

The Cost of Climate Change: Food Security for the World’s Poor

In Zimbabwe, over 4 million people are likely go hungry at some point during 2016. For a country once considered the breadbasket of Southern Africa, food availability per person in 2014 was the lowest ever recorded according to the World Bank. This spring’s absent harvest will leave the country desperately requiring food assistance, just as…

How Fracking and Dodd-Frank are Reshaping Petro-Politics Around the World

A number of authoritarian regimes around the world are heavily dependent on oil revenues and institutional corruption to remain in power. However, two seemingly unconnected U.S. trends: the rise of “fracking” and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms may in fact play a substantial role in creating new opportunities for political reform and sustainable economic development…