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Lee Jong-Wha

Lee Jong-Wha

Writing for PS since 2012
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Lee Jong-Wha, Professor of Economics at Korea University, was chief economist at the Asian Development Bank and a senior adviser for international economic affairs to former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

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  1. Is Pax Sinica Possible?
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    Is Pax Sinica Possible?

    Jul 30, 2021 Lee Jong-Wha assesses the challenges China will have to overcome if it is to become a truly global power.

  2. South Korea’s Health-Centered Development Model
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    South Korea’s Health-Centered Development Model

    Jun 29, 2021 Lee Jong-Wha argues that the country’s universal-coverage system provides a roadmap for today’s developing economies.

  3. Building an Inclusive Digital Future
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    Building an Inclusive Digital Future

    Jun 8, 2021 Lee Jong-Wha thinks policymakers should already be working to expand access to technology and the requisite know-how.

  4. Is the Asian Century Really Here?
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    Is the Asian Century Really Here?

    Apr 1, 2021 Lee Jong-Wha thinks the region will fail to achieve global dominance without unified, collective leadership.

  5. Will East Asia Win the Pandemic?
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    Will East Asia Win the Pandemic?

    Feb 3, 2021 Lee Jong-Wha identifies several risks to the region's economic recovery, starting with the coronavirus itself.

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    Could These Two Trends Save Britain?

    Jim O'Neill sees a pair of economic developments that could deliver a welcome surprise – if policymakers pay attention.
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    The Fed’s Climate Complacency

    Mark Cliffe warns that the US central bank’s approach to climate risk falls woefully short of what is needed.
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    Europe at Debt’s Door

    Hans-Werner Sinn warns that the European Commission's borrowing plans endanger the EU's stability and the single currency.
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    Stealing Russia

    Anders Åslund shows how the war is redistributing massive wealth and resources to President Vladimir Putin and his cronies.
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    Sergei Guriev on Putin, populism, Chinese repression, and more

    Sergei Guriev assesses the strength of the Russian president’s grip on power, predicts that Xi Jinping’s embrace of personalist rule will lead to policy missteps, urges the West to pursue a strategy of “adversarial engagement” toward modern dictators, and more.
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    Tipping the Scales in Myanmar’s Civil War

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak argues that, like Ukraine’s defenders, the country’s armed opposition deserves international support.
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    Educating the World’s Children of Conflict

    Jan Egeland highlights three key principles for ensuring the safety and well-being of traumatized boys and girls.
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    What’s Wrong with ChatGPT?

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson

    Artificial intelligence is being designed and deployed by corporate America in ways that will disempower and displace workers and degrade the consumer experience, ultimately disappointing most investors. Yet economic history shows that it does not have to be this way.

    worry that the technology will be deployed to replace, rather than empower, humans.
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    Preparing Now for the Next Health Emergencies

    Mamta Murthi urges governments to invest in resilient systems of prevention and care to soften the blow of future crises.

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