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Devesh Kapur

Devesh Kapur

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Devesh Kapur, Professor of South Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, is the co-author of The World Bank: Its First Half Century.

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  1. The Absent Voices of Development Economics
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    The Absent Voices of Development Economics

    Mar 26, 2021 Arvind Subramanian & Devesh Kapur show how randomized controlled trials are amplifying the Global South’s underrepresentation in the field.

  2. The Crisis India Needed
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    The Crisis India Needed

    Jul 6, 2020 Devesh Kapur thinks China’s recent aggression will force Narendra Modi’s government to launch long-overdue reforms.

  3. What Next for the Bretton Woods Twins?
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    What Next for the Bretton Woods Twins?

    Oct 18, 2019 Devesh Kapur traces the divergent paths of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank since their founding.

  4. Can the World Bank Redeem Itself?
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    Can the World Bank Redeem Itself?

    Dec 3, 2018 Devesh Kapur & Arvind Subramanian identify three intellectual sins of omission that have undermined the organization's impact and credibility.

  5. Asia’s Hierarchies of Humiliation
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    Asia’s Hierarchies of Humiliation

    Jul 12, 2017 Devesh Kapur worries that, at a time of rising nationalism, simmering historical anger will boil over.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

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    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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