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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. The Return of the Warlords
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    The Return of the Warlords

    Jun 26, 2023 Rana Mitter explains why Chinese leaders are paying particularly close attention to the turmoil in Russia.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.
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    The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose warn that a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots will undercut global goals.
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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross

    With the exception of the extreme right, no one in Israel wants to be stuck in Gaza, responsible for 2.4 million Palestinians, and facing a likely insurgency. Israel can end this war soon and save those hostages who are still alive, having demilitarized Gaza and set the stage for an alternative to Hamas.

    thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.
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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.

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