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Konstantin Sonin

Konstantin Sonin

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Konstantin Sonin is a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

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  1. Sympathy for the Oligarch
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    Sympathy for the Oligarch

    Aug 18, 2023 Konstantin Sonin laments the sanctioning of two pioneers of Russia’s market economy, Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman.

  2. How Russia Could Benefit from Ukraine’s NATO Membership
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    How Russia Could Benefit from Ukraine’s NATO Membership

    Jul 24, 2023 Konstantin Sonin argues that entry into the alliance would mark the end of Vladimir Putin’s imperial aspirations.

  3. Ukraine Beyond the Impeachment Headlines
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    Ukraine Beyond the Impeachment Headlines

    Jan 29, 2020 Konstantin Sonin laments that the media's focus on corruption is ignoring positive changes under President Volodymyr Zelensky.

  4. Russia’s World Cup Opportunity
    The stadium hosts the first test match ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images

    Russia’s World Cup Opportunity

    Apr 25, 2018 Konstantin Sonin expects the event to provide an impetus for tolerance and comity, especially within the host country.

  5. Russia’s Economic Stagnation Is Here to Stay
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    Russia’s Economic Stagnation Is Here to Stay

    Feb 1, 2018 Konstantin Sonin expects the country's political dysfunction to derail any prospective return to strong economic growth.

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    Patriotic Grift

    J. Bradford DeLong clarifies the fundamental difference between today's Democrats and Republicans.
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    Labour’s Economic Plan Lacks Keynesian Ambition

    Robert Skidelsky explains why the new government’s agenda is more of a gamble on growth than a concrete action plan.
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    China Is Exporting Its AI Surveillance State

    Contrary to what many Western policymakers and commentators once hoped, recent analyses have added to the evidence that trade does not always foster democracy or liberalize regimes. Instead, China’s greater integration with the developing world appears to be doing precisely the opposite.

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    Why Are Stocks, Gold, and the Dollar Surging?

    Jeffrey Frankel considers the economic and political factors pushing asset values to all-time highs.
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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.

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