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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, is an expert on authoritarian regimes and their leaders and the author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.

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  1. An Interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat
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    An Interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Feb 23, 2021 Ruth Ben-Ghiat suggests how the Biden administration can combat democratic erosion, highlights the international nature of white supremacy, and draws lessons from Italy on how not to address corruption.

  2. American Democracy’s Moment of Truth
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    American Democracy’s Moment of Truth

    Nov 2, 2020 Ruth Ben-Ghiat explains why the impact that Donald Trump has had on American politics will not easily be reversed.

  3. The Trump Contagion
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    The Trump Contagion

    Mar 25, 2019 Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al. recommend five urgent steps to counter the grave threat the US president poses to global security.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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