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John Andrews

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John Andrews, a former editor and foreign correspondent for The Economist, is the author of The World in Conflict: Understanding the World’s Troublespots.

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  1. What’s Behind Jordan’s Palace Intrigue?
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    What’s Behind Jordan’s Palace Intrigue?

    Apr 9, 2021 John Andrews explains why political fissures have suddenly emerged in the Hashemite Kingdom, long an oasis of stability.

  2. An Interview with John Andrews
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    An Interview with John Andrews

    Apr 6, 2021 John Andrews considers the geopolitical implications of vaccine nationalism, assesses Joe Biden’s approaches to Iran and Saudi Arabia, and recalls haunting experiences from his long career as a foreign correspondent.

  3. Low Dishonest Decades
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    Low Dishonest Decades

    Feb 26, 2021 John Andrews draws contemporary lessons from four recent books charting Europe's slide toward war in the 1920s and 1930s.

  4. Can Lebanon Rise from the Rubble?
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    Can Lebanon Rise from the Rubble?

    Aug 12, 2020 John Andrews doubts that the government's resignation will speed reform of the dysfunctional power-sharing system.

  5. The World According to MBS
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    The World According to MBS

    Jul 31, 2020 John Andrews reviews two recent books showing how the Arab Spring and its aftermath continue to shape politics in the region.

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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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