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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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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Robert D. Kaplan

    With Russia facing defeat on the battlefield and massive protests once again engulfing Iran, both countries’ regimes look vulnerable. But the end of tyranny is more likely to lead to a dangerous political vacuum than to a democratic transition.

    warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.

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