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Barak Barfi

Barak Barfi

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Barak Barfi is a former research fellow at New America and a former visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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  1. Biden’s Return to Realism in Saudi Arabia
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    Biden’s Return to Realism in Saudi Arabia

    Jul 15, 2022 Barak Barfi explains why embracing the status quo in the Middle East, while far from ideal, is the right call for the US.

  2. The Russian Coup Fantasy
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    The Russian Coup Fantasy

    Apr 20, 2022 Barak Barfi explains why the country’s military leaders are highly unlikely to oust President Vladimir Putin.

  3. An Interview with Barak Barfi
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    An Interview with Barak Barfi

    Jun 2, 2020 Barak Barfi predicts which Arab countries will be hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis, hones in on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s biggest fear, and offers an insider’s perspective on Syria.

  4. The Pharaoh-Friendly West
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    The Pharaoh-Friendly West

    Mar 6, 2019 Barak Barfi criticizes Europe and the US for acquiescing as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi extends his power.

  5. The US-Saudi Relationship After Khashoggi
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    The US-Saudi Relationship After Khashoggi

    Oct 16, 2018 Barak Barfi explains why the Kingdom's special role in American foreign policy will survive the journalist's murder.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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