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Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart

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Christopher Smart is Managing Director, Chief Global Strategist, and Head of the Barings Investment Institute. He is a former special assistant to the US president for international economics, trade, and investment (2013-15) and deputy assistant secretary of the treasury for Europe and Eurasia (2009-13).

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  1. Biden’s China Challenge
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    Biden’s China Challenge

    Mar 5, 2021 Christopher Smart reviews four recent books examining the past and present of Sino-American relations.

  2. This Time Really Is Different
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    This Time Really Is Different

    Feb 20, 2019 Christopher Smart thinks investors will face unprecedented technological and political uncertainty in the next business cycle.

  3. Could the Renminbi Challenge the Dollar?
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    Could the Renminbi Challenge the Dollar?

    Feb 2, 2018 Christopher Smart reviews three recent books examining China’s quest to challenge American financial dominance.

  4. The Real Risk to the Global Economy
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    The Real Risk to the Global Economy

    Nov 8, 2017 Christopher Smart argues that institutional drift and decay are far more dangerous than even the most dramatic political crises.

  5. The Clash of the Data Titans
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    The Clash of the Data Titans

    Aug 18, 2017 Christopher Smart of Chatham House worries that the US and Europe are parting ways on this century’s most important economic-policy issue.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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