Sacramento Bee, May 22, 2016. This International Trade Month commentary describes how the compartmentalized actions of state government create burdens that uniquely fall on the state’s export industries.
Fox & Hounds, February 26, 2016. By discouraging trade via Southern California’s efficient port infrastructure, increasingly stringent air quality regulations may improve environmental conditions near the ports, at the cost of diverting cargo on longer routes to East and Gulf Coast ports on ships burning bunker fuel.
Sacramento Bee, January 3, 2016. An assessment of the economic and environmental significance of the possible deployment of the ultra-large container carrier MV Benjamin Franklin to the Asia-California trade route.
Fox & Hounds, October 20, 2015.
Sacramento Bee, August 11, 2015. A somewhat caustic look at efforts by state officials over the past two decades to reverse the deterioration of California’s goods movement infrastructure.
Zocalo Public Square, May 11, 2015. This article examines the challenge the expanded Panama Canal will likely pose for California’s chief maritime gateways. (Zocalo Public Square is an online public affairs forum based in Los Angeles.)
Sacramento Bee, February 15, 2015. In this op-ed piece, I argue that the congested conditions that have beset West Coast ports over the past year was not caused by the labor contract dispute between the ILWU and Pacific Maritime Association.
Zocalo Public Square , posted January 28, 2015. My assessment of export promotion and foreign investment attraction programs at the municipal level of government.
Sacramento Bee, July 27, 2014. As California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves on a trade mission to Mexico City today, this article deconstructs the official statistics on California’s export trade with Mexico and argues that there are two distinct Mexicos to which California firms ship goods: the indigenous economy of Mexico and the largely separate maquiladora sector of manufacturing plants almost entirely owned by European, Asian, and U.S. multinationals which import nearly all of their components and export nearly all of their products — mostly to the United States. It concludes that, while Mexico may indeed be California’s leading export destination, Mexicans may not be our most valuable foreign customers.
Pacific Standard magazine, May-June 2013 issue. This article provides an anlysis of the specious relationship between export promotion and job creation at home.
Sacramento Bee, April 6, 2013. This article deconstructs statistics on California’s export trade and reveals how much of that trade involves previously imported goods. As a result, the economic benefits of exporting have been much less than previously believed.
Pacific Standard magazine February 7, 2013. From American socialism to German hyperinflation to worldwide vulture capitalism, the strange and shifting lessons of a favorite board game.
Sacramento Bee,February 3, 2013. This op-ed article takes a critical look at recent efforts to promote the idea that America is on the verge of seeing a major shift of manufcaturing capacity back to the United States after decades of offshoring.
Sacramento Bee, December 9, 2012. This op-ed article reveals the author’s role in the story of how the media as well as public officials erroneously pegged the cost of the Southern California dock strike of November 27-December 4, 2012 at $1 billion a day.
Export Magazine, a publication of the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade, August 2012. This article contends that a recent Global Trade magazine report on the Riverside area’s export trade both misstates and understates the region’s role in the nation’s export trade.
Sacramento Bee, January 29, 2002. This op-ed article examines the likely impact that an enlarged Panama Canal will have on California’s major seaports, especially the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Sacramento Bee, December 4, 2011. This op-ed describes the importance of California’s seaports to the state’s economy but also the near indifference the competitive needs of the ports face at the state capitol.
Sacramento Bee, April 17, 2011. This Sunday Forum section article examines a number of prevalent misconceptions about what California exports and how those goods are transported to markets worldwide.
Sacramento Bee, December 29, 2010. This op-ed suggests steps California’s new governor should and should not consider taking to bolster the state’s competitive position in the global marketplace for jobs and investment capital.
Sacramento Bee, February 15, 2009. This commentary warns that government revenues are unlikely to return to pre-recession levels anytime soon and that budgets premised on the hope of a relatively swift return to “normal” will need to be revised in anticipation of an extended period of fiscal austerity.
Written with co-authors Gary Dymski and Kelly Bradfield of the University of California Center Sacramento, this September 2008 monograph addresses the growing worldwide market in digital products (computer programs, music, literature, etc.) being sold via Internet downloads. Because existing methods of monitoring merchandise trade fail to capture these transactions, we argue that the U.S. merchandise trade deficit is appreciably smaller than is customarily reported. Public policy debates about the virtues of trade and globalization are accordingly distorted.
This report was commissioned by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and was published under the auspices of the Center for Agricultural Business, California Agricultural Technology Institute, California State University, Fresno. The report examines the feasibility and desirability of using air freight services more extensively than ever before, at least on an interim basis, to supply California-grown fruits and vegetables to what U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service officials have identified as China’s most promising Emerging City Markets (ECMs). These ECMs, fourteen in number, are scattered around a country which covers an area approximately 20 percent larger than the territory occupied by the 48 contiguous U.S. states. The ECMs stretch from Harbin in the far northeast to Kunming in the deep south. While most are congregated along China’s coastline, the roster of ECMs also includes Xi’an, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu in China’s interior provinces. With an increasing number of direct and indirect flight connections available between California and China’s first-tier and second-tier urban markets, exporters of perishable fruits and vegetables should take a new look at air-freight’s potential in overcoming severe shortcomings in China’s cold-chain systems. Because of a substantial imbalance in trade flows along transpacific routes, California shippers enjoy favorable “back-haul” air freight rates that are generally only one-fifth of the rates paid by Asian exporters of air-freighted goods to the U.S.
December 2007. An arguably amusing story of how the author made the acquaintance of two Irish Prime Ministers in 2007 — one at a cocktail party in Sacramento, California; the other in Fagan’s Pub in Dublin.
August 15, 2007. Co-Authored with Bert Mason, Chair of the Agricultural Economics Department at California State University, Fresno. Published by the Center for Agricultural Business, California Agricultural Technology Institute, California State University, Fresno (CATI Pub. #070801). This report updates the authors’ comprehensive 2005 study of the use of air cargo to ship more than a half-billion dollars annually in California agricultural products worldwide.
March 30, 2007. This whitepaper for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments challenges the claim that the logistics sector is emerging as a potent source of high-paying jobs for workers with no more than a high school education and with no technical skills.
September 15, 2006, Daily Breeze (Torrance, California). This op-ed article takes exception to pending state legislation that would impose a fee on containers shipped through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in order to raise funds for environmental and transportation projects. The bill was subsequently vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
Economic Development America, the magazine of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Spring 2006. “In today’s global economy – with its burgeoning overseas markets, far-flung supply chains, lean inventories and just-in-time delivery schedules – efficient and reliable transportation links to the rest of the world have become indispensable assets to any community aspiring to remain economically competitive. Yet seldom has the nature of those links been less well understood or appreciated.”
San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2006. With the U.S. trade deficit hitting a record high of more than $725 billion in 2005, why is California poised to spend tens of billions of dollars on transportation projects specifically designed to facilitate shipments of imported goods through our major seaports, while all but ignoring the transport needs of the state’s exporters?
Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2005. “With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger heading to China this week with a handpicked posse of corporate executives, business lobbyists and administration officials, it’s pertinent to ask an impertinent question: What, apart from self-promotion, is achieved when California’s governors globetrot?”
San Diego Union-Tribune, October 6, 2005. This op-ed article contends that if California’s political leadership is serious about devising a truly comprehensive goods movement strategy – one that serves the interests of the state’s exporters and not just the nation’s importers – it would do well to start fretting about the state’s air transport capacity.
San Diego Daily Transcript, September 22, 2005. This Sounding Board contribution points out that San Diego area businesses have grown dangerously dependent on Los Angeles International airport for their air cargo links to the global economy. It emphasizes the need for the San Diego region to build a new international airport or substantially expand the capacity of Lindbergh Field.
Sacramento Bee, September 18, 2005. This commentary warns that the advent of overseas fights at Sacramento International Airport and Mather Field (the region’s designated air cargo facility) may hinge less on favorable market forces than on the vagaries of regional governance and, more particularly, the vicissitudes of land-use politics.
May 2005. This 200-page report examines California’s rapidly growing airborne agricultural export trade ($659 million in 2004). It also provides an extensive analysis of the forces reshaping the air cargo industry both internationally and within California. The report was prepared under the auspices of the Center for Agricultural Business at California State University, Fresno, with grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. My co-authors were Professor Bert Mason and Professor Emeritus John Hagen of the Department of Agricultural Economics at CSU Fresno.
” On the Global Road: The Sacramento Valley must upgrade transportation lines to embrace world market. “
April 17, 2005. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum. This commentary decries the lack of attention from regional transportation planners to the flood of goods that is expected to engulf the highways and railroads coursing through the Sacramento area within the next decade.
” Missed Connection on Air Cargo. “
August 3, 2004. San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed Page. This commentary calls attention to San Francisco International Airport’s failure to expand its air cargo operations and the impact this is likely to have on the Bay Area’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy.
” International Trade is Swamping California’s Transportation Infrastructure. “
July 4, 2004. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. It’s virtually a testament of faith among politicians, economists and editorial pundits that trade is good and more trade is presumably better. Of late, however, this buoyant sentiment is being met with a guarded “yes, but …” response from California’s trade professionals. What’s troubling those on the front lines of international commerce is that the enormous volume of goods we’re importing and exporting is starting to overwhelm California’s trade gateways and the connective tissue of highways and railroads that lead to and from them.
” War’s grim price is paid over and over again. “
May 30, 2004. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. An essay on war and society prompted by a visit to Belleau Wood and the American Military Cemetery that lies adjacent it.
“Downtown Intermodal Depot: The Hub Goes on the Rim?”
March 21, 2004. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. How the City of Sacramento’s plan to spend $160 million on a new intermodal transit center on the site of the historic Southern Pacific depot in downtown Sacramento ignores the region’s real transportation needs.
March 15, 2004 Internet Posting. A policy proposal calling for Governor Schwarzenegger to establish an International Trade Policy Task Force to determine the most effective role state government can play in promoting the competitiveness of California industry in a global economy. The proposal also calls for a moratorium on trade-related measures in the Legislature until the task force reports its findings by December 31, 2004.”
November 30, 2003. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. Why current moves to sanction the development of property adjacent to the Port of Sacramento for mixed-use purposes would be contrary to the region’s long-term needs for a diversified transportation system to link it to the global economy.
August 24, 2003. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. Under the terms of the budget signed by Gov. Gray Davis earlier this month, the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency as well as the California State World Trade Commission are being eliminated. The big question is whether legislators meant to leave the state with no institutional focal point for monitoring international trade negotiations, assessing the overall impact of foreign trade and investment on California and determining what kinds of policies best serve California’s interests in this age of globalization.
August 3, 2003. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. Now lets get this straight. After shutting down trading posts in places like London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong, the worlds fifth largest economy may soon open a commercial office in the worlds 114th largest economy.
June 29, 2003. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. California’s dozen foreign trade offices were already in jeopardy this spring before press reports in late May brought the first whiff of scandal. With the budget axe slashing deeply into state spending on education, public safety, health care and a host of programs targeting the state’s most vulnerable citizens, the betting around the state Capitol was that the Davis administration would be lucky to secure money for three of the overseas outposts.
May 4, 2003. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. This essay suggests it may be time for a new foreign policy paradigm that recognizes how America’s increasing ethnic diversity and global trading interests are undermining the traditional Atlanticist bias in U.S. foreign policymaking.
March 23, 2003. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. A critique of an essay by Jeff Faux, co-founder of the Washington, D.C. based Economic Policy Institute, on how to “democratize” the North American Free Trade Agreement.
January 2003. California Journal . California’s agriculture industry faces increasing pressure from low-cost foreign growers that could ultimately spell the demise of production agriculture in the Golden State but also a previously unimaginable water surplus in a state long noted for its disputes over water.
December 15, 2002. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. Why the Bush administration’s strident brand of unilateralism poses serious problems for America’s multinational corporations and for the future path of global economic integration.
October 13, 2002. Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section. Why Bush’s Unilateral Foreign Policy is Bad for American Business.
August 25, 2002. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. A critical commentary on efforts of ‘civic entrepreneurs’ to build a stronger sense of regional identity among residents of the six-county Capitol Region centered on Sacramento, California.
August 15, 2002. Portland [Maine] Press Herald Maine Voices column. Why Maine’s economy is apt to benefit more from a policy of fostering enduring cross-border businesslinks than from traditional export promotion programs.
July 7, 2002. Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section. How the dollar’s continuing depreciation will likely affect California’s ongoing budget woes.
June 9, 2002. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum. Why California should abandon its failed experiment with foreign trade offices.
May 19, 2002. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum, with James R. King. Why California policymakers should be paying closer attention to competition from foreign specialty crop growers and one way Golden State farmers can remain competitive in the global market.
February 3, 2002. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum. President Bush’s ambitious plan to extend NAFTA into Central and South America faces some monumental hurdles.
November 4, 2001. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum. If the World Trade Organization summit that begins in Qatar later this week fails to yield any appreciable progress in establishing a workable negotiating framework for further trade liberalization, globalization could go the same way as the similarly ballyhooed New Economy.
November 2001, Comstock’s Business magazine. It’s not a reliable electricity supply that distinguishes California from a Third World country quite as much as it’s our sewer system. So this article takes an up-close look at what moves beneath the streets of Sacramento.
August 19, 2001. Los Angeles Times Opinion section. Why export-import data are becoming increasingly misleading barometers of international commerce.
July 29, 2001. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. This commentary raises questions about government policies that assume agriculture will remain the dominant industry in California’s Central Valley for the foreseeable future. Already imperiled by a host of domestic problems such as rising costs, lower crop prices, urban sprawl, water shortages, and resistance to pesiticide use, the region’s growers are now facing more aggressive foreign competition for markets here and abroad.
May 16, 2001. San Francisco Chronicle. This op-ed argues for establishment of a broad-based business coalition to support the air transport needs of the Bay Area’s economy.
May 2001 issue. Comstock’s Business magazine. This article describes the growing air transport needs of the Sacramento region.
April 1, 2001. Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum section. Commemorating the opening day of the 2001 major league baseball season, a memoir of the day my father took me to see my first big league game forty-one years ago as the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in Fenway Park.
March 25, 2001. Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section. “It’s a familiar sight on the front page and the evening news: Crowds of exasperated and angry passengers, stranded by flight delays or cancellations, milling around the airport. Yet, while stranded airline-ticket holders get the attention, the frustration of businesses trying to negotiate the same over-stressed air transportation system to get their goods to market is virtually ignored. That’s regrettable, because deficiencies in air-freight operations hurt the economy much more than hordes of disgruntled holiday travelers.”
February 2001 issue of Comstock’s Business magazine. A profile of one of the world’s leading figures in the field of organic food.
January 10, 2001. Co-authored with James R. King, this report was prepared for the East [San Francisco] Bay Economic Development Alliance for Business. It addresses several consequences of the jobs-affordable housing imbalance between the counties of the East Bay and the adjacent counties of the Central Valley.
December 2000 issue of Comstock’s Business magazine. This article examines how state officials have been gingerly responding to the scandal over the abuse of power and the misuse of funds that brought down California’s elected Insurance Commissioner, Charles (“Chuck”) Quackenbush last summer.
November 12, 2000. Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section. “In a move straight of out the Jerry Brown playbook, Gov. Gray Davis stunned the international business and diplomatic communities earlier this month when he abruptly canceled a Far Eastern trade mission a mere week before its scheduled departure. His excuse — that the state’s long-simmering electricity supply crisis demands he remain close to home — persuaded no one. Whatever the real reasons for scrubbing the mission, the episode reinforces an image of an administration whose handling of state trade policy and programs has been remarkably clumsy and cavalier…”
November 2000, California Journal. Tongue firmly in cheek, this article advances the argument that the only sure way of ridding the American political system of the corrosive effects of money is to abolish elections.
October 8, 2000, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum section. Examines how increasing numbers of California farmers — both small and large — are turning to organic farming to capture higher prices and burgeoning export markets.
August 25, 2000, San Francisco Chronicle, Op-Ed page. Commentary on Mexican President-Elect Vicente Fox’s border reform proposals and the challenges facing Mexico’s economy.
August 20, 2000, Los Angeles Times, Sunday Opinion section. This commentary examines the potential for huge public pension funds — notably, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) — to encroach upon the federal government’s constitutional monopoly over the conduct of American foreign policy by denying investment funds to nations otherwise regarded as U.S. allies.
August 13, 2000, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. This article assesses the prospects for an expanded export market in China for farmers in California’s Central Valley.
August 13, 2000, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. Impressions of modern Shanghai.
June 2000 issue of Comstock’s Business. What have Russian mobsters, Chinese intelligence agencies, Colombian drug lords, and the notorious international terrorist Osama Bin Laden to do with the California Public Employees Retirement System or the California Department of Transportation? Absolutely nothing, we hope. But can we be certain? Not necessarily, according to this article.
June 2000 issue of Comstock’s Business. This commentary argues that the principal constituency for the State of California’s export promotion programs — especially the proliferating number of state foreign trade offices — is to be found within the walls of the State Capitol and not in the business community.
May 28, 2000, Los Angeles Times, Sunday Opinion section. Co-authored with James R. King. A proposal for improving the manner in which California defines and prioritizes its statewide infrastructure needs.
May 14, 2000, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. California’s transportation policymakers are overlooking the vital role of air cargo facilities in supporting the state’s burgeoning export trade.
February 2000, Comstock’s Business. A look at commercial links between the Sacramento Valley, Mexico and the rest of Latin America.
January 30, 2000. Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum with James R. King. Why economic growth may prompt successful New Economy companies to look outside California to meet their expansion plans and what the state can do about it.
January 23, 2000, Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion section. How state laws and international trade agreements may conflict and what California’s state government is or isn’t to address the issue.
January 2000, Comstock’s Business . An examination of the pros and cons of adopting a strong-mayor form of municipal government in California’s capital.
November 18, 1999. Salon.com. The story of how I sold Soviet propaganda posters thirty years ago to college students in Massachusetts, including an undergraduate named Clarence Thomas.
November 7, 1999. Los Angeles Times, Sunday Opinion section. The real value of gubernatorial trade missions.
August 15, 1999. Los Angeles Times, Sunday Opinion section. This article reminds us how policymaking hysteria can upset the best laid infrastructure plans.
August 15, 1999. Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. Why one of our fastest growing and internationally competitive industries generates so few exports.
June 4, 1999, San Francisco Chronicle, Op-Ed Page. How either a failure or an unwillingness to understand the limitations of the so-called “state-of-origin” export data has led to a positively absurd political controversy regarding whether California’s export trade with Mexico is smaller or larger than Texas’s trade south of the border.
May 30, 1999, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. Challenges the conclusion of a hasty US Air Force inquiry into the December 1952 crash of a C-124 troop transport at Moses Lake, Washington, which fixed the responsibility for the disaster in which 86 lives were lost on the pilot, Lt. William N. O’Connell. The article reveals evidence suggesting a cover-up of the role played in the crash by faulty USAF maintenance procedures and flawed aircraft design.
May 16, 1999, Los Angeles Times, Sunday Opinion. Published on the eve of President Ernesto Zedillo’s official visit to California, this article examines how vital a trading partner Mexico really is.
May 9, 1999, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. Recommendations for reforming the objectives and administration of California’s foreign trade offices.
March 28, 1999, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. Wry commentary on why I have all but abandoned the telephone as a civilized means of communications.
March 7, 1999, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. Why California’s export trade with Mexico and Latin America is systematically under-reported and why the data we commonly use are growing more and more distorted.
January 24, 1999, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. How obsessions and manias can displace prudent business practices and government policies, distorting California’s overseas trade relations in the process.
November 1, 1998, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. This article appeared alongside the economic policy statements of the Democratic and Republican candiadtes for Governor of California on the Sunday before the general election.
July 26, 1998, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. An inquiry into the catastrophic failure of economists and market analysts to foresee the economic crisis in Asia.
July 26, 1998, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. How the Golden State is beginning to feel the pinch of its over-dependence on Asian markets.
March 1, 1998, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. A critical discussion of the challenge of regional planning in the face of rapid demographic and commercial change.
October 1997 Website posting. An invitation to a dialogue aimed at enhancing California’s export promotion efforts.
October 23, 1994, San Jose Mercury-News, Sunday Perspective. This article submits that the accelerating pace of mergers and acquisitions in the preceding eighteen months involving California high technology companies undermines the contentions of those analysts who argue that the state’s so- called New Economy is based on a proliferating number of small, entrepreneurial enterprises.
July 3, 1994, San Jose Mercury-News, Sunday Perspective. This article maintains that neither Pete Wilson nor Kathleen Brown will, after being elected governor in November, be able to deal with the fundamental problems besetting the state’s economy without first forging a new political consensus defining state government’s legitimate role in economic development.
May 2, 1994, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Opinion. This article argues that the value of California’s five overseas trade and investment offices has been vitiated by the lack of a coherent export development strategy and by poor administrative practices.
May 9, 1993, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. A generally caustic appraisal of state government’s inability to properly diagnose, let alone remedy, California’s current economic ills.
June 8, 1993, Sacramento Bee. An Op-Ed article critical of both the Wilson administration’s failure to fill vacancies in key posts at four of the five California overseas trade and investment offices and its attempts to bureaucratize the functions of the California State World Trade Commission.
October 3, 1993, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. A dispassionate analysis of the disproportionate share of the national cost which California’s exporters and their employees shoulder when the US Government imposes unilateral trade sanctions on other nations.
January 5, 1992, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. This feature article casts serious doubt on whether an allegedly hostile business climate is precipitating “job flight” to other states.
October 27, 1991. Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. A discussion of how various American interests are served through efforts to represent Japan as a grave threat to the United States.
May 5, 1991. Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. An analysis of the likely effects of including Mexico in a North American Free Trade Agreement; argues that most of the benefits promised by advocates of a free trade agreement between the US and Mexico can actually be achieved merely through the increased liberalization of Mexico’s trade and investment policies.
February 24, 1991, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. A critical review of the state’s international trade development programs.
November 4, 1990, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. An assessment of the potential for conflict between federal officials and state governments in the area of international trade policy.
June 3, 1990, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. An examination of why U.S. and Mexican officials have come to embrace a free trade agreement.
February 25, 1990, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. A discussion of how state politicians have sought to create a de facto foreign policy for California.
January 1990, The Golden State Report. A critical review of the state’s international trade development programs in the Deukmejian administration.
November 26, 1989, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. An assessment of how California firms might benefit from economic and political change in Eastern Europe.
September 10, 1989, Sacramento Bee, Sunday Forum. An examination of efforts to create a loose trading bloc in the Far East.
August 2, 1989, New York Times, Op-Ed Page. A personal account of how Russian paranoia affected their analyzes of American social and political trends.
July 9, 1989, Los Angeles Times. A discussion of why foreign direct investment in the U.S. is unlikely to be either a major boon or a serious danger.
December 4, 1988, Los Angeles Times. This article raises questions about the enormous benefits often cited by proponents of unrestricted foreign investment in the United States
July 10, 1988, Los Angeles Times. This Viewpoint article warns against policymaking obsession with California’s links with its fast-growing but financially unstable Pacific Rim trading partners.
January 22, 1988, Oakland Tribune. This prescient essay raises questions about popular tendencies to over-emphasize the significance of California’s links with Pacific Rim trading partners.