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    China’s Risky Endgame in Hong Kong

    Minxin Pei

    In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist country” with an advanced economy. But following through with planned measures to tighten mainland China's grip on Hong Kong would make achieving that goal all but impossible.

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The Fall After the Wall

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  2. Kristen R. Ghodsee Kristen R. Ghodsee ,
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  6. George Soros George Soros ,
  7. Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz

When the celebrations in Berlin 30 years ago brought down the curtain on the Cold War and on communism in Europe, Western-style liberal democracy seemed to have emerged victorious. But the rise of new (and older) political forces in post-communist Europe has left the triumphalist narrative in tatters.

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What Makes Poor Economies Grow?

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  2. Francois Bourguignon,
  3. Angus Deaton,
  4. Justin Yifu Lin,
  5. Mancur Olson,
  6. Dani Rodrik,
  7. Joseph E. Stiglitz,
  8. Arvind Subramanian,
  9. Yao Yang

Developing countries with varying political traditions and natural endowments cannot be expected to achieve sustained economic growth in the same way. Yet history suggests that there are at least minimum principles that all developing countries should embrace.

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Solutions for Sustainable Development

Efforts to combat climate change through sustainable development are as complex as they are important for the future of humanity. With US President Donald T… read more

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The Future of Europe

After the election of President Emmanuel Macron in France and the return of a centrist grand coalition government in Germany, many hoped that the Franco-German ax… read more

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Trump, Trade, and China

The biggest cloud hanging over the world economy is the incipient trade war with China launched by US President Donald Trump. But with America’s closes… read more

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Press Released

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility by US President Donald Trump, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey, a… read more

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The African Century

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

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Future Cities

Half of the world’s population live in cities, and that share is growing rapidly. How can cities expand, maintain services and communities, and be envi… read more