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    What Really Matters in the Sino-American Competition?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Although the United States has long commanded the technological cutting edge, China is mounting a credible challenge in key areas. But, ultimately, the balance of power will be decided not by technological development but by diplomacy and strategic choices, both at home and abroad.

    thinks that while technology is important, alliances and values will determine the balance of power.
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    Germany's Modern Angst

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Whereas France has its philosophes, and Britain its economists, Germany relies on its sociologists to make sense of the big picture. What, then, can they tell us about the unease afflicting contemporary Western societies as they navigate late modernity?

    reviews four books that shed much-needed light on widely shared crises of collective and individual identity.
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Germany's Modern Angst

Helmut K. Anheier

Whereas France has its philosophes, and Britain its economists, Germany relies on its sociologists to make sense of the big picture. What, then, can they tell us about the unease afflicting contemporary Western societies as they navigate late modernity?

reviews four books that shed much-needed light on widely shared crises of collective and individual identity.
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The Virus Strikes Back

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  3. Kristen Ghodsee Kristen Ghodsee ,
  4. Mitchell A. Orenstein Mitchell A. Orenstein ,
  5. Seth Berkley Seth Berkley ,
  6. Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ,
  7. Jennifer Nuzzo Jennifer Nuzzo ,
  8. Elmira Bayrasli Elmira Bayrasli

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its second anniversary, the emergence of the Omicron variant has prompted many to ask whether there will ever be a light at the end of the tunnel. And, given seemingly entrenched nationalism and vaccine misinformation, will the world cope any better with the next global health crisis?

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Burning Energy

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  1. Jeffrey Frankel,
  2. Daniel Gros,
  3. Jules Kortenhorst,
  4. Jayati Ghosh,
  5. Jim O'Neill

The recent surge in oil, gas, and electricity prices is forcing governments to confront a policy and political challenge that is further complicating the green transition. Advocates of a rapid shift to renewables need to face an uncomfortable fact: when demand spikes, the world needs all the energy it can get.

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Broken Engagement

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  1. Daniel Russel,
  2. Joseph S. Nye, Jr.,
  3. Anne O. Krueger,
  4. Zhang Jun,
  5. Dani Rodrik

Optimists hope that the recent virtual summit between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrested the alarming slide in Sino-American relations, at least for now. But even if the superpowers’ rivalry stops short of conflict, is substantive cooperation on pressing global challenges possible?

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