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Helmut K. Anheier

Helmut K. Anheier

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Helmut K. Anheier, Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, is Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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  1. What’s Holding Back Germany’s Zeitenwende?
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    What’s Holding Back Germany’s Zeitenwende?

    Nov 17, 2022 Helmut K. Anheier sees four reasons why the country has struggled to craft a foreign policy that matches its aspirations.

  2. How Much Has the Ukraine War Changed Germany?
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    How Much Has the Ukraine War Changed Germany?

    Sep 5, 2022 Helmut K. Anheier sees the country rising to the occasion politically, but still struggling with policy implementation.

  3. Germany’s Great Pacifism Debate
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    Germany’s Great Pacifism Debate

    May 16, 2022 Helmut K. Anheier explains why the country will benefit from one of its most ferocious war of words in decades.

  4. Germany Needs a National Security Council
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    Germany Needs a National Security Council

    Apr 15, 2022 Helmut K. Anheier urges the creation of a federal policymaking body to shape a new defense and foreign-policy strategy.

  5. The German Government's First Report Card
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    The German Government's First Report Card

    Mar 18, 2022 Helmut K. Anheier surveys the "traffic light" coalition's accomplishments, and points to hazards on the road ahead.

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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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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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