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Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

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Helen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge and the author of Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2022).

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  1. Helen Thompson on energy markets, the Ukraine war, the crisis of democracy, and more
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    Helen Thompson on energy markets, the Ukraine war, the crisis of democracy, and more

    Jul 26, 2022 Helen Thompson explains why European countries cannot end their energy relationship with Russia, highlights the link between Chinese demand for oil and gas and Russia’s war on Ukraine, calls for an American oil strategy, and more.

  2. Germany's Russian Energy Shock
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    Germany's Russian Energy Shock

    Jun 22, 2022 Helen Thompson shows how the war in Ukraine has shattered the political foundations of a decades-old relationship.

  3. Whither Oil?
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    Whither Oil?

    Sep 30, 2020 Helen Thompson calls for a more realistic assessment of what it will take to phase out the fossil-fuel industry.

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    Disrupting the Disruptors

    Roger McNamee considers what new economic conditions mean for an industry whose growth (and misbehavior) defined an era.
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    When Voters Become Fans

    Kaushik Basu thinks deepening polarization has given the lie to a longstanding assumption about electoral politics.
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    Africa’s Responsibility to Protect Biodiversity

    Hailemariam Desalegn urges the continent’s leaders to unite behind a shared conservation agenda, beginning at COP15.
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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.

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