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Bennett Ramberg

Bennett Ramberg

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Bennett Ramberg, a former foreign affairs officer in the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, is the author of Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy (University of California Press, 1985).

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  1. Preparing for a Russian Nuclear Meltdown
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    Preparing for a Russian Nuclear Meltdown

    Nov 10, 2023 Bennett Ramberg urges American policymakers to start planning for scenarios in which Vladimir Putin’s regime collapses.

  2. The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War
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    The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War

    Aug 5, 2022 Bennett Ramberg shows why the world needs a formal agreement banning attacks on live reactors and related facilities.

  3. The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine
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    The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine

    Feb 14, 2022 Bennett Ramberg sees a Chernobyl-scale catastrophe, or worse, as the biggest underappreciated risk of a Russian invasion.

  4. Israel's Nuclear Option Against Iran
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    Israel's Nuclear Option Against Iran

    Dec 8, 2021 Bennett Ramberg thinks stopping the Islamic Republic's weapons program may require threatening a tactical preemptive strike.

  5. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible?
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    Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible?

    Mar 9, 2021 Bennett Ramberg urges the Biden administration to combine deterrence with a normalization of diplomatic relations.

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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu

    If you listen to tech industry leaders, business-sector forecasters, and much of the media, you may believe that recent advances in generative AI will soon bring extraordinary productivity benefits, revolutionizing life as we know it. Yet neither economic theory nor the data support such exuberant forecasts.

    finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.
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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.

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