Big Brains Podcast


Why Some Nations Prosper and Others Fail, with James Robinson

It’s a simple question to ask, but seems impossible to answer: What causes one nation to succeed and another to fail? What exactly are the origins of global inequality? There are few people who have spent more time trying to answer this question than Prof. James Robinson. Robinson’ first book, Why Nations Fail, was an international best-seller. It laid out in clear and stark terms what the origins of prosperity and poverty really are. Now, he’s written a sequel, The Narrow Corridor, which further explains what ingredients you need to create a prosperous nation.

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Deep Dish


Which Side Will India Take in US-China Rivalry?

A centerpiece of US strategy during the Trump administration has been the idea of the "Indo-Pacific," a massive single region stretching across both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. One of the goals in this strategy is to link up India with US allies in East Asia as a counterbalance to a rising China. But how does New Delhi see the situation? Sushant Singh, deputy editor of the Indian Express newspaper, joins the University of Chicago's Paul Staniland and the Council's Brian Hanson to discuss.

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Paro en Colombia | "No creo que el país logre llegar a un consenso sobre cuál es su problema de fondo": James Robinson, economista

Cuando se cumple el sexto día de protestas en Colombia, la pregunta sigue siendo cómo se sale de la crisis política. Hace tres años el país salió, al menos parcialmente, de un conflicto armado de seis décadas y ahora se enfrenta a un escenario de protestas inédito en su historia reciente. Aunque las manifestaciones iniciaron por el rechazo a las reformas pensional y laboral del gobierno de Iván Duque, las demandas ahora incluyen, entre muchas cosas, revisar Tratados de Libre Comercio, renuncia del presidente o disolución del Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios.

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Western Wall

Harris Public Policy students visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem as part of the 2019 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Israel and the West Bank.

Ramin Kohanteb / The Pearson Institute