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Alexander Etkind

Alexander Etkind

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Alexander Etkind, a former reader in Russian Literature and Cultural History at King’s College, Cambridge, is a professor of history at the European University Institute in Florence.

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  1. Russia’s Preemptive Counter-Revolution
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    Russia’s Preemptive Counter-Revolution

    Jan 27, 2015 Alexander Etkind rebuts the view that Vladimir Putin's regime reflects Russian tradition or national character.

  2. No Country for Young Oligarchs
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    No Country for Young Oligarchs

    Oct 5, 2011 Alexander Etkind

  3. Putin’s History Lessons
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    Putin’s History Lessons

    Sep 15, 2009 Alexander Etkind

  4. The Kremlin’s Failing Monopoly
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    The Kremlin’s Failing Monopoly

    Feb 26, 2009 Alexander Etkind

  5. A Communist Party without Communism

    A Communist Party without Communism

    Dec 11, 2007 Alexander Etkind

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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.
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    Toward a Progressive Economic Agenda

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Past policy failures and unmet populist promises represent an opportunity for progressive leaders. But to win power, they must articulate a coherent alternative economic-policy program, focusing not only on redistribution but also on wealth and value creation.

    offers a five-pronged policy blueprint for the left to counter populism and recover electoral relevance.
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    The Gorbachev Diagnosis

    Daniel Yergin revisits a 2001 interview with the former Soviet leader to consider where things went awry for Russia.
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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.

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