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Kent Harrington

Kent Harrington

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Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst, served as national intelligence officer for East Asia, chief of station in Asia, and the CIA’s director of public affairs.

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  1. Trump’s Blackmail Defense
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    Trump’s Blackmail Defense

    Aug 22, 2022 Kent Harrington notes that prosecuting the mishandling of top-secret information comes with unique challenges.

  2. A Diaspora Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
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    A Diaspora Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

    Jul 21, 2022 Kent Harrington considers the potential for expatriate Russians to influence developments back home.

  3. Why US Spies Should Keep Making Headlines
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    Why US Spies Should Keep Making Headlines

    Apr 6, 2022 Kent Harrington sees public intelligence as one of the primary weapons to counter information warfare in Ukraine and beyond.

  4. The South China Sea's Environmental Crisis
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    The South China Sea's Environmental Crisis

    Jan 28, 2022 Kent Harrington explains how the Chinese government's aggressive land and water grabs are degrading the region's ecosystems.

  5. Twilight of the Kims?
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    Twilight of the Kims?

    Nov 8, 2021 Kent Harrington sees a dwindling regional audience for North Korea's well-rehearsed provocations.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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