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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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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.
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    Europe and the World Need Ukraine to Prevail

    Dmytro Kuleba & Josep Borrell

    Ukrainians, Europeans, and others around the world all have an interest in opposing the kind of war of aggression that Russia launched two years ago. Failing to support Ukraine now would invite a return to the dark past of military aggression, imperialism, and colonialism – and not just in Europe.

    remind everyone of the stakes in Russia's war of aggression, as it enters its third year.
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    Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?

    Josh Burek considers whether the technology has checked all the boxes needed to achieve wider adoption.

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