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Ma Jian

Ma Jian

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Ma Jian is the author of the novels Beijing Coma, The Noodle-Maker, and The Dark Road. He is currently a visiting fellow at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Berlin.

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  1. A Life Lived in Truth
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    A Life Lived in Truth

    Jul 21, 2017 Ma Jian examines the work and legacy of his friend and fellow dissident, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

  2. A Son of the Cultural Revolution
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    A Son of the Cultural Revolution

    May 10, 2016 Ma Jian draws chilling parallels between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong.

  3. Bo Xilai Between the Dragon and His Wrath
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    Bo Xilai Between the Dragon and His Wrath

    Aug 7, 2013 Ma Jian

  4. China’s Show Trial of the Century
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    China’s Show Trial of the Century

    Aug 20, 2012 Ma Jian sees the Bo Xilai/Gu Kailai affair as evidence of a fractured Chinese leadership.

  5. Britain’s Cultural Kowtow
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    Britain’s Cultural Kowtow

    Apr 12, 2012 Ma Jian

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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.
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    PS Commentators Respond: Could the “Chinese Century” Belong to India?

    From demographics to trade to GDP growth, China is currently struggling precisely where India seems to be thriving. At a time when the global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia, we asked PS commentators whether India’s rising star will soon outshine China’s.

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    Why Industrial Policy Is Back

    Ricardo Hausmann explains why economic theory has finally begun to catch up with centuries of economic practice.
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    Patriots in Name Only

    Richard K. Sherwin considers the implications of the Republican Party's challenge to the state's power to make and enforce law.
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    Assassinated Are the Peacemakers?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva highlights the grave risks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would incur by negotiating with Russia.

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