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Robert Muggah

Robert Muggah

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Robert Muggah, Co-Founder of the Igarapé Institute and the SecDev Group, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow and an adviser to the Global Risks Report.

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  1. Earth Needs an Amazon Bioeconomy
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    Earth Needs an Amazon Bioeconomy

    Nov 14, 2023 Robert Muggah, et al. tout the benefits for the planet of a harmonized nature-based development strategy in the region.

  2. AI and the Global South
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    AI and the Global South

    Mar 2, 2023 Robert Muggah, et al. worry that the predictive tools will be widely adopted before essential governance frameworks are in place.

  3. An Insurrection Foretold
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    An Insurrection Foretold

    Jan 9, 2023 Robert Muggah explains what the failed rebellion in Brazil's capital could mean for the country's democracy.

  4. Cities and the Climate-Data Gap
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    Cities and the Climate-Data Gap

    Jan 13, 2022 Robert Muggah & Carlo Ratti remind local governments and urban planners that they can’t manage what they can’t measure.

  5. The Geography of Pandemic Effects
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    The Geography of Pandemic Effects

    Apr 9, 2021 Robert Muggah maps out the economic, political, and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis worldwide.

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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu

    If you listen to tech industry leaders, business-sector forecasters, and much of the media, you may believe that recent advances in generative AI will soon bring extraordinary productivity benefits, revolutionizing life as we know it. Yet neither economic theory nor the data support such exuberant forecasts.

    finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.
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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.

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