This issue of In Depth, Volume 12 Issue 2, is dedicated to the memory of Professor Monroe Newman, who passed away on December 13, 2014.  He contributed numerous articles in the last few years and we have chosen 12 articles for this special issue.  

REMEMBERING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MONROE NEWMAN (by Andreas Theophanous). Mike Newman was a remarkable man, an exceptional academic and professional with an admirable value system, very sensitive and with a great sense of humor.  I had known him for over 30 years; throughout this period our cooperation, friendship and discussions were very valuable to me and I will always cherish them.  I was very heartened and privileged that we spent some time together during my visit to Washington last Fall. He will be missed and he will always be remembered. … MORE

Volume 11 – Issue 6 (December 2014): U.S. NATIONAL ELECTIONS: 2014 (by Monroe Newman). Historically, when U.S. national elections are held during a president’s sixth year in office, his (thus far, always a man) party loses seats in the Congress.  That happened this year to a greater degree than average.  The numerically most significant result is that his party no longer has a majority in either half of the legislature. … MORE

Volume 11 – Issue 5 (October 2014): ARE BETTER DAYS AHEAD? (by Monroe Newman). In multiple places around the world the established order is threatened.  Sometimes it survives, sometimes it peacefully concedes, sometimes wrenching, horrific bloodshed occurs.  Change and its possibility appear to be the order of the day. In some ways, this is not new.  A view backwards informs that those .… MORE

Volume 11 – Issue 3 (May 2014): THE EU: PRESENT AS PRELUDE (by Monroe Newman). For someone of my generation, who grew up among World War I veterans and lived through the horrors that beset Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, the very existence of the EU is a most remarkable achievement. No matter what its errors and omissions, none should diminish that signal accomplishment. But this achievement is in serious … MORE

Volume 10 – Issue 3 (July 2013): IS IT WORTH IT? (by Monroe Newman). Whether facing everyday choices or matters of fundamental significance, thinking people ask the seemingly simple question – is it worth it? Elaborate systems of thought have been devised by economists and others to organize and regularize the consideration of the issues involved in that question. However, in practice, the simple question raises three … MORE
Volume 9 – Issue 6 (November 2012): US ELECTION: 2012 (by Monroe Newman). The re-election of Barack Obama is noteworthy for what it says about the United States. It is important for both Americans and non-Americans to understand what it reveals. Faced with a daunting array of obstacles and an opponent who had actively sought the presidency for seven years, Obama not only won but his party added to its majority … MORE

Volume 7 – Issue 4 (September 2010): THE SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS (by Monroe Newman). With the news full of the sovereign debt crisis, with governments mustering remedies for it, and with the stress full of people objecting to its real and potential impacts, it may be useful to keep some basics in mind. Sovereign debt is the accumulated obligations of government, the national debt that was accumulated to cover the past … MORE

Volume 7 – Issue 2 (April 2010): LESSON FROM OBAMA (by Monroe Newman). For more than 100 years, American presidents have urged a variety of comprehensive alterations of the nation’s health care insurance arrangements. None succeeded. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Trouman, their proposals met everything from resistance to catastrophe. Barack Obama got … MORE