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Janine R. Wedel

Janine R. Wedel

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Janine R. Wedel, a social anthropologist and university professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, is the author of Unaccountable: How the Establishment Corrupted our Finances, Freedom, and Politics and Created an Outsider Class (Pegasus Books, 2016).

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  1. When Civilizational Models Collide
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    When Civilizational Models Collide

    Mar 3, 2023 Janine R. Wedel sees Ukraine’s burgeoning civil society as a model for countering oligarchic capitalism around the world.

  2. Dirty Populists
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    Dirty Populists

    Jan 2, 2019 Janine R. Wedel shows how leaders who won power by railing against corruption use two methods that enable much more of it.

  3. The Venal Roots of Political Turmoil
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    The Venal Roots of Political Turmoil

    Dec 21, 2017 Janine R. Wedel says offical corruption and misconduct are a key factor driving upheavals around the world.

  4. Donald Trump and a World of Distrust
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    Donald Trump and a World of Distrust

    Nov 7, 2016 Janine R. Wedel traces rising populism to a decades-long decline in public confidence in civic institutions.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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