Richard Lachmann

United States

Professor of Sociology Department, University at Albany, USA. Richard Lachmann is examining the decline of dominant powers, through comparing historical cases of decline with the contemporary United States in an effort to determine if this country will follow its predecessors on a path of decline guided by elite self-interest. He is writing about fiscal crises and military expenditures and is also interested in contemporary American culture.

Materials

Trump and North Korea: What’s Changed?
20.06.2018
President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on June 12. Kim came away from the meeting with increased stature, having gotten a US president to sit with him as an equal. In addition

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What Is France Trying to Accomplish in Syria?
31.05.2018
France, as is typical of ex-imperial powers, always sought to retain its investments, economic ties, and geopolitical influence with its former colonies. The French enjoyed much less success in those

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Who Will Win the US-China Trade War?
06.04.2018
A trade war between the US and China is underway. It began when President Trump announced that he would impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. Those tariffs originally

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Tariffs and Nostalgia. Counterproductive and Shortsighted Strategy of Donald…
21.03.2018
President Trump’s announcement that he would impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum creates the danger of a global trade war. Other countries can impose retaliatory tariffs

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Why Is the Right Winning in Latin America?
26.02.2018
Despite growing national autonomy, Latin American governments still are heavily influenced by the U.S. Both the Obama and Trump administrations have shown little desire to encourage left governments.

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What the Trump Tax Cuts Show About Power in the US
10.01.2018
Who benefits and who loses? The biggest beneficiaries are the richest 1% of Americans, who get two-thirds of the tax cuts. The rich benefit in part directly by cuts in their rates and partly

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Does Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Matter?
19.12.2017
There are three significant questions that need to be answered. First, how much violence will Trump’s announcement provoke? Second, how will this decision affect Palestinians everyday lives, and

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Who Does and Doesn’t Want the Iran Deal To Be Cancelled
15.11.2017
It is no surprise that Donald Trump is eager to cancel the deal President Obama made with Iran. He is allied most closely with the extreme right of the Republican Party, which opposed the deal from

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Why Catalonia Won’t Become an Independent State
20.10.2017
As long as the EU remains a union of national states, separation will be impossible for Catalonia or any other region with dreams of independence.

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Trump, A ‘Normal’ President in Afghanistan
14.09.2017
Trump is following in the footsteps of Barack Obama who also acceded to the generals’ demands for more troops in as yet unsuccessful attempt to secure victory. Trump’s increase is, for now, smaller

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Dunkirk and the American Perspective of War
18.08.2017
This post-Vietnam image of the American hero is what the movie Dunkirk anachronistically reflects back on British soldiers in 1940. Soldiers are to be honored not for winning a war, a task that today

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North Korea and the Limits of Trump’s and America’s Power
07.07.2017
Not for the first time in the past century, Korea is the most dangerous place on Earth. Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons and missile program is making seemingly rapid progress. The July 4 test

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