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Aryeh Neier

Aryeh Neier

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Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is author of The International Human Rights Movement: A History (Princeton University Press, 2012).

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  1. Putin’s Brezhnev Moment
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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Feb 3, 2023 Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.

  2. Russians’ Collective Responsibility for Putin’s War
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    Russians’ Collective Responsibility for Putin’s War

    Mar 29, 2022 Aryeh Neier argues that Western sanctions are appropriate even if they primarily affect ordinary people.

  3. The Passing of Russia's First Dissident Generation
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    The Passing of Russia's First Dissident Generation

    Aug 25, 2021 Aryeh Neier remembers the life and work of the pioneering Soviet dissident Sergei Adamovich Kovalev, who died this month.

  4. An Interview with Aryeh Neier
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    An Interview with Aryeh Neier

    Feb 26, 2020 Aryeh Neier suggests how the International Criminal Court can strengthen its impact, highlights violence and official discrimination against Muslims in India, and names several unsung heroes of the global human-rights movement.

  5. China’s Great Leap into Epidemic
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    China’s Great Leap into Epidemic

    Feb 20, 2020 Aryeh Neier highlights the link between suppression of free speech and public-health crises like the new coronavirus.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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