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Jonathan Woetzel

Jonathan Woetzel

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Jonathan Woetzel, a McKinsey senior partner, is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

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  1. Strengthening the Global Balance Sheet
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    Strengthening the Global Balance Sheet

    Jun 8, 2023 Olivia White, et al. outline four medium-term scenarios for the world economy, each implying dramatically different outcomes.

  2. Reimagining Global Integration
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    Reimagining Global Integration

    Mar 7, 2023 Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel argue that cross-border flows of intangibles are integral to the next phase of globalization.

  3. Reimagining Our Global Connections
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    Reimagining Our Global Connections

    Nov 23, 2022 Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel show that retreating from global interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary.

  4. Emerging Economies Have a New Imperative
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    Emerging Economies Have a New Imperative

    Feb 11, 2021 Jonathan Woetzel & Mekala Krishnan explain why supply-chain resilience will remain a top priority after the pandemic has receded.

  5. What Is Driving Asia’s Technological Rise?
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    What Is Driving Asia’s Technological Rise?

    Dec 23, 2020 Jonathan Woetzel & Jeongmin Seong identify collaboration as the key factor in the region's transformation into a global tech powerhouse.

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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.

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