AP CompGov class: FT readings
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Below are some recent FT articles useful for the College Board’s AP Comparative Government and Politics course, which examines the political institutions and processes of six countries — China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and the UK — and compares the ways they address problems.
Even though much of the west has supported Ukraine in its struggle against Russia, many nations from the global south have been more standoffish. This article details a bold move by Zelenskyy to attempt to alter the status quo.
Biden is walking a delicate tightrope when it comes to China. Its increased hawkishness and general belligerence has led to some harsher US policies, yet China still remains a very important trade partner for American industry.
It’s always interesting when health, economics and questions of sovereignty are brought to the fore in the EU. Will other EU nations try to retaliate?
A rare victory by an incumbent party in Greece - could this indicate that it is finally exiting the economic doldrums?
Even though the WHO has declared Covid to be basically over, it has brought huge effects to the world - from China’s disastrous Zero Covid policy to the flood of stimulus money leading to inflation leading to rate increases leading to bank failures in the USA. Are there more chapters yet to be written in the Covid story?
Given that a potential Cold War seems to be brewing in the Pacific, what is the state of Japan’s armed forces? In the event of a cross-strait invasion, would Japan be able to help?
Was this an actual attempt by Ukrainian forces to take out Putin? Was it a false flag operation? Is it related to the much-anticipated Spring offensive?
A good reminder of the difficult line that a new assertive China must walk as it seeks to appease Vladimir Putin’s war without alienating the rest of Europe (and the world)
The challenges that Petro is facing ending the long guerilla struggles in Colombia--will he be able to stick the landing? Or will his failure reignite the right wing opposition?
Nice piece on the tremendous challenges of facing Sudan as it slips into civil war.
Useful to understand the importance of bond markets, the impact of (upcoming) elections on market confidence as well as the role of the gas and oil — and an exemplar of the economist Simon Kuznets’ quote that “There are four different types of economies: developed, developing, Japan and Argentina.”
Has the collapse of SVB and Signature and the shakiness at First Republic and Credit Suisse scared central bankers from their program of interest rate increases? The market seems to think so. But would this then concede that inflation will remain high? The OECD is trying to forestall this possibility; will its member countries be successful? Useful because it shows the interrelatedness of the financial system, the existence of collective action problems and the attempts by regulators to solve these problems.
Iran is one of the CompGov nations, so any news article about it is worth looking at. This piece links in to the unpopularity of the current regime, the need for opposition groups to unite behind one individual, and the role of the overseas/exile community in Iranian affairs.
Matt Polazzo, Stuyvesant High School, New York