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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky

Writing for PS since 2003
195 commentaries

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The False Promise of Democratic Peace
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    The False Promise of Democratic Peace

    Apr 19, 2022 Robert Skidelsky identifies fundamental flaws in the argument that dictatorship is the main barrier to world peace.

  5. Think Twice Before Sanctioning Russia Further
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    Think Twice Before Sanctioning Russia Further

    Mar 18, 2022 Robert Skidelsky worries that the West's punitive measures may lead toward, rather than away from, a wider war.

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    Who Will Establish Metaverse Ethics?

    Josh Entsminger, et al. highlight the urgency of providing oversight before tech companies make self-regulation the norm.
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    The Belarusian Opposition Is Growing Stronger

    Sławomir Sierakowski cites many examples showing that the country’s democracy movement has been adapting and growing quickly.
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    A Bold and Realistic Energy Transition

    Sultan Al Jaber explains why policies aimed at divesting too soon from hydrocarbons will be self-defeating.
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    Degeneracy, Depravity, and the New Right

    Slavoj Žižek

    While Kremlin propagandists and the the West's pro-Russian alt-right present themselves as the embodiment of traditional Christian values, their words and actions countenance genocide and glorify sexual violence. By embracing the obscene, they offer an attractive package for chauvinists of all stripes.

    shows how the movement is widening its appeal by openly appealing to adherents' worst impulses.
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    Green Pacifism Goes to War

    Josef Joffe examines the roots of the party’s hawkish turn in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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    Sustaining Economic Growth in an Age of Deglobalization

    Keun Lee sees the experiences of Malaysia and Chile as useful case studies for escaping the middle-income trap.
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    The Taliban’s War on Women and Girls

    Yasmine Sherif & Gordon Brown urge the Afghan government to honor its promises on education and economic participation.
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    Inflation’s Emotional Scars

    Diane Coyle thinks today's surging prices will have two profound consequences for Western economies.
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    Did the Afghan Failure Lead to the Ukraine War?

    Carl Bildt revisits the fall of Kabul to consider its implications for America and the world, one year later.

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