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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

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Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford, is the author, most recently, of China’s Good War: How World War II Is Shaping a New Nationalism (Belknap Press, 2020).

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  1. Where Is Xi’s China Heading?
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    Where Is Xi’s China Heading?

    Oct 14, 2022 Rana Mitter considers the country’s biggest challenges and opportunities during its leader’s unprecedented third term.

  2. The Manchuria Crisis Revisited
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    The Manchuria Crisis Revisited

    Sep 16, 2021 Rana Mitter considers the impact of the 1931 false-flag incident – and Japan's subsequent occupation – on today's leaders.

  3. The Everlasting Mao
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    The Everlasting Mao

    Oct 23, 2020 Rana Mitter reviews recent books on Maoism, many versions of which continue to underpin Chinese politics to this day.

  4. What Next for Trump and Xi?
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    What Next for Trump and Xi?

    Apr 7, 2017 Rana Mitter reviews seven recent books that provide a glimpse of what the future of Sino-US relations may hold in store.

  5. China’s History Parade
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    China’s History Parade

    Sep 4, 2015 Rana Mitter asks what Nationalist WWII veterans were doing at the Communist Party's big military display.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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