All stories by Claude Smadja
Does China have much to celebrate these days?Rediff.com16 Oct 2019
'The leadership is confronted with an economy growing at its slowest pace in 20 years,' points out Claude Smadja.
Trouble brewing for Xi?Rediff.com1 Sep 2018
The Chinese leader is today facing some open, or less subtle, criticism from within the party and from liberal intellectuals who are increasingly concerned by the concentration of power in his hands and the increasing authoritarianism of the regime, says Claude Smadja.
Can US recover from the Trump presidency?Rediff.com27 Apr 2018
This is the time when the US would need the conceptual strategic thinking of a Henry Kissinger, able to ally diplomatic skills with a well-conceived worldview of what the emergence of a new balance of forces will mean for a US whose ability to shape global events has definitely declined but still exists, says Claude Smadja.
Does Wall Street crash herald a 'Minsky moment'?Rediff.com6 Feb 2018
While enjoying long-awaited economic good times - and hoping they will last as long as possible - some caution and some prudence might be the best protection against bad surprises, says Claude Smadja.
Budget takes a cautious approach to populismRediff.com3 Feb 2018
Overall, the populist/ electoral elements in the budget have remained measured with the finance minister being clearly aware of a higher-than-expected rise in oil prices, less-than-planned tax revenues and the wider deficit for FY 17/18, constraining his margin of maneuver, says Claude Claude Smadja.
How MbS' gamble could affect the worldRediff.com25 Nov 2017
'The stage is set for increasing tensions in a highly volatile region as crucial as ever from a geopolitical standpoint,' predicts Claude Smadja.
Why Xi's congress needs to be watched closelyRediff.com10 Oct 2017
The Chinese leader will display his grip on the Communist party and chart his plans for his country's future.
Rocket man? Yes. Fool? Definitely notRediff.com3 Oct 2017
The US needs to find global support, especially from Russia and China, to make North Korea back down, says Claude Smadja.
Did Trump do a Nixon and obstruct justice?Rediff.com9 Jun 2017
'That the 'I' word is swirling around Washington these days attests to the atmosphere that has taken hold and cannot but have a negative impact on political and economic decision-making,' says Claude Smadja.
Why 2017 is crucial for ChinaRediff.com9 Feb 2017
'The mood in Beijing is already nervous and feverously watchful.' 'Developments in China will be scrutinised as intensely and nervously as the ones in Washington,' says Claude Smadja.
What a Trump presidency will be likeRediff.com18 Jan 2017
'The optimistic advice might be "fasten your seat belts" and the pessimistic one might just turn out to be "brace for impact",' says Claude Smadja.
Globalisation is alive and well, don't panicRediff.com6 Oct 2016
We are witnessing a new phase where business leaders are realising globalisation has to take into account national identities and cultures, says Claude Smadja.
The storm from PanamaRediff.com13 Apr 2016
The Panama papers come at a very sensitive moment.
A good balancing act, Mr Jaitley!Rediff.com1 Mar 2016
The Budget provides a reassuring message about Prime Minister Narendra Modi staying the course.
Why is the world economy being shaky?Rediff.com17 Feb 2016
One has to wonder what is so wrong with the European Union.
The long, dirty war to be waged against Islamic StateRediff.com26 Nov 2015
Europe will have to make some hard choices if it wishes to take on the militant group responsible for the horrible attacks in Paris.
Two deals but many lessonsRediff.com24 Jul 2015
Both the Greek and Iranian deals are extremely imperfect and fraught with uncertainty, says Claude Smadja.
Obama's ISIS dilemmaRediff.com28 May 2015
ISIS' advances in Iraq and Syria are not just tactical but strategic victories -- born of US errors and confusion
The West's terrorist challengeRediff.com27 Feb 2015
There is no war against Islam, but there is definitely one against Islamic radicalism, says Claude Smadja.
6 events that shook Global Inc in 2014Rediff.com25 Dec 2014
2014 was a year for downturn for most economies across the globe.
Why curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions is not easyRediff.com27 Nov 2014
Negotiating a sustainable compromise with Iran is not getting any easier, and this delay might not yield the desired result of bringing Tehran's nuclear programme under stringent limits, says Claude Smadja
Islamic state's clear and present dangerRediff.com28 Aug 2014
The time is over when United States President Barack Obama thought he could afford to make a joke about the ISIS.
The challenges before China's strongmanRediff.com23 Jan 2014
Xi Jinping has accumulated great power, but he faces trials that are just as great, says Claude Smadja.
Failing to curb IranRediff.com29 Nov 2013
The deal with Iran does not address any of the major issues thrown up by Tehran's ambitions, says Claude Smadja.