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Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

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Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria (1976-79, 1999-2007), is a commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

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  1. A Half-Century of Endless Drug War
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    A Half-Century of Endless Drug War

    Jun 17, 2021 Helen Clark, et al. welcome the Biden administration’s emphasis on harm reduction rather than repression and punishment.

  2. West Africa’s Democratic Tipping Point?
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    West Africa’s Democratic Tipping Point?

    Feb 18, 2019 Olusegun Obasanjo, et al. call on the international community to support credible elections in Nigeria, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire.

  3. West Africa’s Failed War on Drugs
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    West Africa’s Failed War on Drugs

    Sep 24, 2018 Olusegun Obasanjo urges regional leaders to muster the political will to decriminalize the use of narcotics.

  4. Africa and the G20’s Moment of Truth
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    Africa and the G20’s Moment of Truth

    Sep 5, 2016 Olusegun Obasanjo calls on the leaders meeting in Hangzhou this month to follow through on past development promises.

  5. Africa and the Jihadist Threat
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    Africa and the Jihadist Threat

    Apr 13, 2016 Olusegun Obasanjo, et al. argue that fighting terrorism requires strengthening states and addressing public discontent.

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    When Voters Become Fans

    Kaushik Basu thinks deepening polarization has given the lie to a longstanding assumption about electoral politics.
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    Africa’s Responsibility to Protect Biodiversity

    Hailemariam Desalegn urges the continent’s leaders to unite behind a shared conservation agenda, beginning at COP15.
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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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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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