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    Eco-Economic Development

    David Malpass

    Faced with growing threats to biodiversity and the natural systems that are crucial to all economies, conservation efforts that merely stop nature loss are no longer enough. Rather, we need to reverse the decline, which means changing how we produce and consume.

    sees declining fish stocks as a case study of why nature must be central to countries’ growth models.
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    Iran’s Conservative Tightrope

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

    The Islamic Republic has been unable to quell the civil unrest that erupted three months ago, after Mahsa Amini died after being detained for violating hijab rules. While the regime has now abolished the morality police, the protesters have broadened their demands.

    explains why the country’s hardliners may no longer be able to force their will on the public.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    Higher Immigration or Higher Interest Rates for America?

    Ricardo Hausmann & Dany Bahar explain why the persistence of Trump-era xenophobia among US policymakers could lead to economic stagnation.
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    China’s Activist Shortage

    Yi Fuxian argues that decades of strict family-planning policies have effectively precluded a pro-democracy movement.
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    What the COP15 Biodiversity Conference Must Do

    Juan Manuel Santos hopes world leaders will deliver a breakthrough for nature equivalent to the Paris climate agreement.
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    Life, Liberty, and Lost Output

    Shang-Jin Wei considers the cost-benefit calculations fueling China’s protests against the government’s zero-COVID policy.
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    The State Legacy of China’s Success

    Zhang Jun explains why Western scholars should pay more attention to the crucial role of the state.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    Eco-Economic Development

    Dec 7, 2022 David Malpass sees declining fish stocks as a case study of why nature must be central to countries’ growth models.

  2. Higher Immigration or Higher Interest Rates for America?
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    Higher Immigration or Higher Interest Rates for America?

    Dec 6, 2022 Ricardo Hausmann & Dany Bahar explain why the persistence of Trump-era xenophobia among US policymakers could lead to economic stagnation.

  3. Life, Liberty, and Lost Output
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    Life, Liberty, and Lost Output

    Dec 6, 2022 Shang-Jin Wei considers the cost-benefit calculations fueling China’s protests against the government’s zero-COVID policy.

  4. Iran’s Conservative Tightrope
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    Iran’s Conservative Tightrope

    Dec 6, 2022 Djavad Salehi-Isfahani explains why the country’s hardliners may no longer be able to force their will on the public.

  5. The State Legacy of China’s Success
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    The State Legacy of China’s Success

    Dec 6, 2022 Zhang Jun explains why Western scholars should pay more attention to the crucial role of the state.

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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

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    Harold James, Peter Singer, Andrés Velasco, Kenneth Rogoff, Jonathan Levy

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

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    Shlomo Ben-Ami, Simon Johnson, Salome Samadashvili, Charles Tannock

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    A Writer’s War

    Andriy Lyubka interviewed by Kate Tsurkan

    Ukrainians have shown the world that they are determined to reclaim their country's territory and drive out all Russian forces. But does that mean they must drive out Bulgakov and Pushkin, too?

    about Ukraine’s literary front – and volunteering on the military one.
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  1. malpass6_SIMON MAINAAFP via Getty Images_mangrove sustain BARBARA DEBOUTAFP via Getty Images

    Eco-Economic Development

    David Malpass sees declining fish stocks as a case study of why nature must be central to countries’ growth models.
  2. santos10_ Ronald PatrickGetty Images_biodiversity colombia Ronald Patrick/Getty Images

    What the COP15 Biodiversity Conference Must Do

    Juan Manuel Santos hopes world leaders will deliver a breakthrough for nature equivalent to the Paris climate agreement.
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    Reimagining Our Global Connections

    Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel show that retreating from global interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary.

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  1. Ricardo Hausmann, et al. Higher Immigration or Higher Interest Rates for America?
  2. Zhang Jun The State Legacy of China’s Success
  3. Xavier Vives Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis
  4. Nouriel Roubini The Unavoidable Crash

  1. Shang-Jin Wei Life, Liberty, and Lost Output
  2. Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Iran’s Conservative Tightrope
  3. Yi Fuxian China’s Activist Shortage
  4. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. War Over Taiwan?

  1. Seth Berkley, et al. The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis
  2. S. Alex Yang, et al. No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID
  3. Werner Hoyer, et al. Global Health Is the Best Investment We Can Make
  4. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. The World Is Still Failing at Pandemic Preparedness and Response

  1. Juan Manuel Santos What the COP15 Biodiversity Conference Must Do
  2. Hailemariam Desalegn Africa’s Responsibility to Protect Biodiversity
  3. Jean Pisani-Ferry, et al. The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action
  4. Olivia White, et al. Reimagining Our Global Connections

  1. Roger McNamee Disrupting the Disruptors
  2. Bill Emmott The Napoleons of Big Tech
  3. Yanis Varoufakis The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness
  4. Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. Defending Democracies’ Information Infrastructure

  1. Kaushik Basu When Voters Become Fans
  2. Sławomir Sierakowski Resentment on the Western Front
  3. Antara Haldar Killing Twitter
  4. Jason Stanley Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W…

  1. Hailemariam Desalegn Africa’s Responsibility to Protect Biodiversity
  2. Julius Maada Bio Africa’s Education Opportunity
  3. Hippolyte Fofack Fairer Green Finance

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

  1. Arzu Geybulla Facebook Is Failing Journalists
  2. Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. Defending Democracies’ Information Infrastructure
  3. Alexander Schallenberg, et al. Defending Democracy’s Defenders

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

  1. Shang-Jin Wei Life, Liberty, and Lost Output
  2. S. Alex Yang, et al. No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID
  3. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. The World Is Still Failing at Pandemic Preparedness and Response