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    Navalny’s Return

    Ekaterina Kotrikadze

    Despite independent journalists uncovering more details about last year's nerve-gas attack against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, public sentiment in the country remains unmoved. The primary reason is not that Russian citizens don't know about the crime; it is that too many just don't care. 

    Alexei Navalny's coming return to Russia is forcing an examination of Russians' tolerance of flagrant abuses of power.
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    Saving America’s Public Pensions

    Ben Meng

    Although the plight of major US public pension funds is nothing new, the gap between actual and assumed returns is widening faster than ever, owing to today's ultra-low interest rates. But these funds also have inherent advantages that, if used wisely, can place them on a much sounder financial footing.

    explains how struggling institutional investors can meet their goals in today's financial environment.
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Saving America’s Public Pensions

Ben Meng

Although the plight of major US public pension funds is nothing new, the gap between actual and assumed returns is widening faster than ever, owing to today's ultra-low interest rates. But these funds also have inherent advantages that, if used wisely, can place them on a much sounder financial footing.

explains how struggling institutional investors can meet their goals in today's financial environment.
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Doing Business with China

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  2. Anne O. Krueger Anne O. Krueger ,
  3. Charles A. Kupchan Charles A. Kupchan ,
  4. Dani Rodrik Dani Rodrik ,
  5. Jeffrey D. Sachs Jeffrey D. Sachs ,
  6. Arvind Subramanian Arvind Subramanian ,
  7. Peter Trubowitz 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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The Legacy of 2020

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  2. Joschka Fischer,
  3. Jeffrey Frankel,
  4. Ana Palacio,
  5. Yanis Varoufakis,
  6. Ngaire Woods

Although there will be a temptation to forget this pandemic-ridden year as quickly as we can, the COVID-19 crisis holds useful lessons that must not be neglected. A major question for 2021 is which of the significant changes wrought in 2020 will prove to be temporary, and which deeper and longer-lasting.

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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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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 COVID-19 Crisis

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