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Benn Steil

Benn Steil

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Benn Steil is Director of International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War (Simon and Schuster, 2018).

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  1. The Real Cost of De-Dollarization
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    The Real Cost of De-Dollarization

    Aug 16, 2023 Benn Steil urges American policymakers and legislators to refrain from weaponizing the greenback.

  2. The Marshall Plan and “America First”
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    The Marshall Plan and “America First”

    Aug 4, 2017 Benn Steil of the Council on Foreign Relations shows why making America great required – and still requires – great allies.

  3. The Retreat of the Renminbi
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    The Retreat of the Renminbi

    Jun 22, 2017 Benn Steil & Emma Smith explore the main causes behind the rapid decline of the Chinese currency's global standing.

  4. Washed Away on the QE2
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    Washed Away on the QE2

    Jan 4, 2011 Benn Steil

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    Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis

    Abbas Milani explains why few Iranians within or outside the country truly mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.
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    Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias

    Kenneth Rogoff explains why policymakers are more likely to risk higher prices during periods of economic uncertainty.
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    Can AI Improve Family Life?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter & Avni Patel Thompson foresee parents and other caregivers spending more time on meaningful activities, and less time on drudgery.
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    Maxims for the AI Age

    Reid Hoffman

    Far too often, debates about technology, innovation, and progress fall into crude dichotomies – humans versus machines, utopia versus dystopia – that distract from the matter at hand. Rather than fixating on extremes, we should adopt a more nuanced and historically informed view of our tools, and of ourselves.

    offers six principles to guide our thinking about the technology's potential risks and rewards.
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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.

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