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Robert Muggah

Robert Muggah

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Robert Muggah is a co-founder and principal of the SecDev Group and a co-founder of the Igarapé Institute. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow, an adviser to the Global Risks Report, and a co-author (with Ian Goldin) of Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The COVID City
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    The COVID City

    Aug 31, 2020 Ian Goldin & Robert Muggah consider the risks and opportunities for urban areas, which have borne the brunt of the pandemic worldwide.

  4. An Interview with Robert Muggah
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    An Interview with Robert Muggah

    Jul 28, 2020 Robert Muggah assesses Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s prospects, offers recommendations for tackling police violence, and touts the potential of data-visualization tools.

  5. Latin America’s Coming Techlash
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    Latin America’s Coming Techlash

    Apr 23, 2020 Robert Muggah says the region is facing a reckoning with the downside of embracing the digital economy.

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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

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