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    The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl

    Josef Joffe

    The nation that went to the gates of Moscow in World War II has become as aggressive as a cuddly cat. But with its decision to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's "culture of reticence," particularly with respect to Russia, may soon be a thing of the past.

    examines the origins and implications of the landmark decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine.
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    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Chris Patten

    In the face of geopolitical uncertainty and rising authoritarian threats, liberal democracies must unite to protect human rights. While doing the right thing is a moral imperative, it is also a far more realistic approach to foreign policy than trying to appease tyrants.

    shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.
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    Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling

    Jean Pisani-Ferry cautions that the two countries' differences are so substantial that a hasty compromise will not suffice.
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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.
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    The Return of the End of History

    Sergei Guriev sees Russia's failing war as an exception that proves the rule that liberal democracy beats the alternatives.
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    Everyone Loses in a Fractured World

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng warn that the global order's deepening East-West and North-South divides make us all poorer and less safe.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling

    Jan 31, 2023 Jean Pisani-Ferry cautions that the two countries' differences are so substantial that a hasty compromise will not suffice.

  2. Central Banks Should Slow Down
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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Jan 30, 2023 Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.

  3. Three Cheers for Hybrid Work
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Jan 30, 2023 Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.

  4. The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl
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    The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl

    Jan 30, 2023 Josef Joffe examines the origins and implications of the landmark decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine.

  5. Everyone Loses in a Fractured World
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    Everyone Loses in a Fractured World

    Jan 30, 2023 Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng warn that the global order's deepening East-West and North-South divides make us all poorer and less safe.

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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    PS Commentators Respond: Could the “Chinese Century” Belong to India?

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    Pranab Bardhan, Brahma Chellaney, Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Yi Fuxian

    From demographics to trade to GDP growth, China is currently struggling precisely where India seems to be thriving. At a time when the global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia, we asked PS commentators whether India’s rising star will soon outshine China’s.

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    Shashi Tharoor on India-Russia relations, the Quad, Ambedkar, and more

    Shashi Tharoor assesses prevailing Indian perceptions of the Ukraine War, criticizes India’s continued wariness of security pacts, touts affirmative-action programs that guarantee outcomes, not just access to opportunities, and more.
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    What Drives Innovation?

    William H. Janeway shows that since the dawn of industrialization, the state has been the prime mover behind technological progress.
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    A Global Debt Explosion?

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    Nouriel Roubini, Kenneth Rogoff, José Antonio Ocampo, Anne O. Krueger, Dani Rodrik, Reza Baqir, Ishac Diwan

    The world is buckling under the weight of its debts. With interest rates – and thus debt-servicing costs – set to continue to rise, and global growth unlikely to pick up any time soon, the risk of crisis is mounting in developed and developing economies alike.

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    The Microchips Are Down

    Edoardo Campanella recounts how semiconductors became both economically and geopolitically central to today's world.
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  3. Taniguchi Tomohiko Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy
  4. Mariana Mazzucato For the Common Good

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

  1. Rabah Arezki The Multilateral Financing Paradox
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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
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As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

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  3. Nancy Qian China’s Brutal COVID Winter