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Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum

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Michael Mandelbaum is Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the author, most recently, of Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era.

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  1. Trump and the All-American Trade Debate
     Laborers fill orders of machine grade steel to be shipped throughout the Pacific Northwest Natalie Behring/Getty Images

    Trump and the All-American Trade Debate

    Mar 9, 2018 Michael Mandelbaum reviews Dartmouth College economist Douglas A. Irwin’s survey of 250 years of US trade policy.

  2. The Iran Paradox
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    The Iran Paradox

    Jul 14, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum reviews two recent books tracing the Islamic Republic’s political evolution and foreign policies since the country’s 1979 revolution.

  3. What NATO Needs from Trump
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    What NATO Needs from Trump

    May 23, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum describes the type of leadership the alliance requires, but isn't getting, from the US president.

  4. Will Nuclear History Repeat Itself in Korea?
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    Will Nuclear History Repeat Itself in Korea?

    Apr 4, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum shows why China holds the key to avoiding four bad options on the peninsula.

  5. Navigating the Trumpscape
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    Navigating the Trumpscape

    Feb 10, 2017 Michael Mandelbaum shares five guidelines for assessing the administration's performance now and in the months ahead.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urge European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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