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Robert Watson

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Robert Watson, a former chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a former director of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development.

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  1. Feeding a Greener World
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    Feeding a Greener World

    Oct 13, 2020 Robert Watson calls for an end to agricultural practices that are bad for not just nature but also food security.

  2. Nature by the Numbers
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    Nature by the Numbers

    Jul 31, 2020 Robert Watson highlights a new study's calculations of the economic benefits of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030.

  3. Business and Biodiversity
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    Business and Biodiversity

    Feb 22, 2019 Robert Watson argues that the despoliation of natural systems by global corporations can no longer be kept off the books.

  4. Sounding the Alarm on Biodiversity Loss
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    Sounding the Alarm on Biodiversity Loss

    Nov 10, 2017 Robert Watson touts forthcoming research that should focus policymakers' attention on ecosystem health.

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    The Economics of Health for All

    Mariana Mazzucato explains why pandemic prevention and preparedness must be embedded in economic policymaking.
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    The Dangerous Incoherence of US Trade Policy

    Stephen S. Roach warns that America’s latest tariffs against China raise the risk of a catastrophic superpower conflict.
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    A New Dawn for US-African Cooperation?

    Vera Songwe identifies three ways that the United States can ultimately help itself by helping the continent.
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    Raghuram G. Rajan and Rohit Lamba on Indian job creation, industrial policy, democracy, and more

    Raghuram G. Rajan & Rohit Lamba argue that India must place the highest priority on creating and owning intellectual property, advocate an alternative to interventionist industrial policies like subsidies, call for the decentralization of Indian governance at every level, and more.
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    The Global Implications of Georgia’s Political Crisis

    Salome Samadashvili

    Borrowing from the Kremlin’s playbook, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s de facto ruler, is seeking to eliminate foreign-funded NGOs, suppress independent media, and eradicate the political opposition. His determination to establish an authoritarian regime reflects his harmony of interests with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    implores the US and Europe to bolster democracy in the country at a make-or-break moment.
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    Read More Summer 2024 Reading List

    PS editors share books that have impressed them lately, and say why you should consider adding them to your summer reading list.
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    Building Resilience in the Developing World

    Erik Berglöf argues for additional financing mechanisms to protect low-income economies against proliferating shocks.
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    Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis

    Abbas Milani explains why few Iranians within or outside the country truly mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.
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    Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias

    Kenneth Rogoff explains why policymakers are more likely to risk higher prices during periods of economic uncertainty.

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