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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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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence

    A 2022 book argues that the only effective responses to government or market deficiencies come from civil society. When society is “malfunctioning” – for example, owing to deep polarization or fragmentation – that response mechanism is disrupted, and can even stop working altogether.

    considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

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