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Michael Spence

Michael Spence

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Michael Spence, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor of Economics Emeritus and a former dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, serves on the Academic Committee at Luohan Academy, and co-chairs the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute. He was chairman of the independent Commission on Growth and Development, an international body that from 2006-10 analyzed opportunities for global economic growth, and is the author of The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World (Macmillan Publishers, 2012).

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    Higher Education and the Crisis of Democracy

    Daniel Chirot

    Three recent books by established academics add to the chorus of those decrying the slow and steady death of what used to be called a “liberal education.” Because a proper understanding of history and human complexity is necessary for democracy, Daniel Chirot of the University of Washington thinks the authors are right to worry.

    reviews three recent books that aim to defend liberal education in an age of anti-liberal extremes.
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    Putin’s Poker

    History looms large in the current high-stakes standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine, and a wide range of outcomes remains possible. How hard a line toward the Kremlin should the leading Western powers take, and can they present a united front?

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