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Shahid Javed Burki

Shahid Javed Burki

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Shahid Javed Burki, a former finance minister of Pakistan and vice president of the World Bank, is Chairman of the Shahid Javed Burki Institute of Public Policy.

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  1. Are Pakistan and Iran on the Brink of War?
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    Are Pakistan and Iran on the Brink of War?

    Feb 6, 2024 Shahid Javed Burki worries about the implications of recent cross-border strikes by both regional powers.

  2. A Tale of Two COVID-19 Responses
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    A Tale of Two COVID-19 Responses

    Jun 17, 2020 Shahid Javed Burki highlights the costs and benefits of India's nationwide lockdown and Pakistan's decentralized approach.

  3. The Drums of War in Kashmir
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    The Drums of War in Kashmir

    Mar 4, 2019 Shahid Javed Burki argues that the dynamic driving tensions between India and Pakistan in the disputed region has reversed.

  4. Imran Khan’s Pakistan
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    Imran Khan’s Pakistan

    Jul 29, 2018 Shahid Javed Burki says the cricketer-turned-prime minister is about to face the most important test of his life.

  5. Trump’s Reckless Tweets vs. Pakistan’s Democratic Hopes
    Protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital in Karachi Sabir Mazhar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Trump’s Reckless Tweets vs. Pakistan’s Democratic Hopes

    Jan 5, 2018 Shahid Javed Burki fears that US pressure will undermine the country's slow, albeit steady, political progress.

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    China Is Exporting Its AI Surveillance State

    Martin Beraja, et al.

    Contrary to what many Western policymakers and commentators once hoped, recent analyses have added to the evidence that trade does not always foster democracy or liberalize regimes. Instead, China’s greater integration with the developing world appears to be doing precisely the opposite.

    conclude that the country's exports of facial-recognition technologies are eroding democratic institutions.
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    Why Are Stocks, Gold, and the Dollar Surging?

    Jeffrey Frankel considers the economic and political factors pushing asset values to all-time highs.
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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.

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