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    History at the Barricades

    Robert Skidelsky

    Optimists might claim that the West’s current history-fueled culture war reflects an enlightened moral sensibility. What has really happened is that yesterday’s imperial victors have lost their beliefs, while former losers are full of passionate convictions about the past.

    shows why today's heated debates about the past are as much a historiographical matter as a historical one.
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    Biden to the Rescue?

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    1. Daron Acemoglu Daron Acemoglu ,
    2. Kemal Derviş Kemal Derviş ,
    3. Jayati Ghosh Jayati Ghosh ,
    4. Lenny Mendonca Lenny Mendonca ,
    5. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. ,
    6. Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz ,
    7. Laura Tyson Laura Tyson

    Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and engineering an economic recovery are only two of the challenges facing new US President Joe Biden. Amid deep social divisions and the continued threat of right-wing extremist violence, Biden must also try to re-establish democratic political norms and restore trust in American leadership at home and abroad.

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op_skidelsky5_Chris RatcliffeGetty Images_rhodes must fall Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

History at the Barricades

Robert Skidelsky

Optimists might claim that the West’s current history-fueled culture war reflects an enlightened moral sensibility. What has really happened is that yesterday’s imperial victors have lost their beliefs, while former losers are full of passionate convictions about the past.

shows why today's heated debates about the past are as much a historiographical matter as a historical one.
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Biden inauguration Saul Loeb - Pool/Getty Images

Biden to the Rescue?

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Daron Acemoglu Daron Acemoglu ,
  2. Kemal Derviş Kemal Derviş ,
  3. Jayati Ghosh Jayati Ghosh ,
  4. Lenny Mendonca Lenny Mendonca ,
  5. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. ,
  6. Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz ,
  7. Laura Tyson Laura Tyson

Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and engineering an economic recovery are only two of the challenges facing new US President Joe Biden. Amid deep social divisions and the continued threat of right-wing extremist violence, Biden must also try to re-establish democratic political norms and restore trust in American leadership at home and abroad.

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Doing Business with China

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  1. Lee Jong-Wha,
  2. Anne O. Krueger,
  3. Charles A. Kupchan,
  4. Dani Rodrik,
  5. Jeffrey D. Sachs,
  6. Arvind Subramanian,
  7. Peter Trubowitz

US President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration may initially be too preoccupied with trying to calm America’s domestic turmoil to unite the world’s democracies in standing up to China. But, given European and Asian countries’ eagerness to strengthen their trade and investment ties with China, adhering to the Trump administration’s confrontational approach may be the right strategy.

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Trump’s Failed Putsch

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  1. Ian Buruma,
  2. J. Bradford DeLong,
  3. Koichi Hamada,
  4. Yasheng Huang,
  5. Nina L. Khrushcheva,
  6. Martha Minow,
  7. Jan-Werner Mueller,
  8. Jeffrey D. Sachs

US President Donald Trump’s single term in office is ending, as many suspected it would, in infamy. The storming and occupation of the US Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, just hours after the Democrats won control of the Senate, distilled the essence of Trump’s presidency: a cult of personality that has confirmed the Republican Party as an anti-democratic force.

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