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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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    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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