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Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

Writing for PS since 2013
48 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Ngaire Woods is Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

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  1. The World Needs Many More Public Servants
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    The World Needs Many More Public Servants

    Dec 23, 2022 Ngaire Woods explains why strong governments need high-quality personnel to address humanity’s most pressing challenges.

  2. In Defense of Non-Alignment
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    In Defense of Non-Alignment

    Oct 25, 2022 Ngaire Woods thinks many small countries are wise to maintain geopolitical autonomy and seek self-reliance.

  3. Is the World’s Financial Firefighter Ready?
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    Is the World’s Financial Firefighter Ready?

    Aug 31, 2022 Ngaire Woods urges rich countries to bolster the IMF’s ability to prevent and manage crises in lower-income economies.

  4. The US Front in the Global War on Women
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    The US Front in the Global War on Women

    Jun 28, 2022 Ngaire Woods notes that the Supreme Court’s elimination of the federal right to abortion accompanies rising gender violence.

  5. A Perfect Storm for Developing Countries
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    A Perfect Storm for Developing Countries

    Apr 19, 2022 Ngaire Woods urges leading economies to cooperate to prevent famine, conflict, and a major debt crisis.

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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.
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    The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl

    Josef Joffe

    The nation that went to the gates of Moscow in World War II has become as aggressive as a cuddly cat. But with its decision to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's "culture of reticence," particularly with respect to Russia, may soon be a thing of the past.

    examines the origins and implications of the landmark decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine.
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    Everyone Loses in a Fractured World

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng warn that the global order's deepening East-West and North-South divides make us all poorer and less safe.
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    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Chris Patten shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.
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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.

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