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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky

Writing for PS since 2003
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Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, was a non-executive director of the private Russian oil company PJSC Russneft from 2016 to 2021. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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  1. Requiem for an Empire
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    Requiem for an Empire

    Sep 12, 2022 Robert Skidelsky reflects on Queen Elizabeth II's role preserving Britain's global influence as the head of the Commonwealth.

  2. Mind the Policy Gaps
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    Mind the Policy Gaps

    Aug 22, 2022 Robert Skidelsky worries that policymakers’ increasing specialization threatens the world with catastrophe.

  3. Boris Johnson’s Fall – and Ours
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    Boris Johnson’s Fall – and Ours

    Jul 19, 2022 Robert Skidelsky examines why scandal alone, rather than political factors, was enough to bring down a British prime minister.

  4. Russia’s Path to Premodernity
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    Russia’s Path to Premodernity

    Jun 14, 2022 Robert Skidelsky examines the historical roots of President Vladimir Putin’s retreat from contemporary Europe.

  5. The Case for Nordic and NATO Realism
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    The Case for Nordic and NATO Realism

    May 20, 2022 Robert Skidelsky warns that Finland and Sweden’s membership of the Alliance risks weakening their security and that of Europe.

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    Why Businesses Misbehave

    Daron Acemoglu thinks narratives about heroic entrepreneurs and villainous tycoons are a distraction from what matters most.
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.
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    Helen Clark at Investing in Health for All

    Helen Clark delivers the closing keynote address at our October 2022 virtual event, Investing in Health for All.
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    Back to the Brink in Iran

    Amin Saikal explains why the regime may no longer be able to quell popular protest with force alone.
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    Xi Jinping’s Radioactive Friend

    Charles Tannock thinks China’s president must be having second thoughts about his alliance with Vladimir Putin.
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    All the King’s Games

    Kaushik Basu sheds light on the shadowy machinations and oppressive tactics that help authoritarian rulers stay in power.
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    How to Build the European Political Community

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Daniela Schwarzer urge those attending the EU's upcoming Prague summit to establish ambitious goals and a long-term timetable.
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    A Shocking Ten Days for the UK

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Recent policy decisions in the United Kingdom have jeopardized the country’s economic well-being and financial stability, with the most vulnerable segments of the population facing the greatest risks. But with rapid and coordinated action, policymakers can still change course.

    explains what policymakers must do to avoid further financial and economic upheaval.
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    Megan Greene and Hindou Ibrahim

    Oct 3, 2022

    Megan Greene is a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Regenerative Crisis Response Committee.

    Hindou Ibrahim is Founder and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad and Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change.

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