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Shlomo Ben-Ami

Shlomo Ben-Ami

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Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, is Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace and the author of Prophets without Honor: The 2000 Camp David Summit and the End of the Two-State Solution (Oxford University Press, 2022).

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  1. Anatomy of a Massacre
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Jun 14, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.

  2. The Unbearable Lightness of Anti-Zionism
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Anti-Zionism

    May 9, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami warns that demonizing all Israelis will only make peace less likely – though that may be the point.

  3. Europe’s War Jitters
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Apr 12, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.

  4. The Untimely Resurrection of the Two-State Solution
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    The Untimely Resurrection of the Two-State Solution

    Mar 7, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami explains why the prospects for a US-backed diplomatic resolution to the crisis remain bleak.

  5. How Will the War in Gaza End?
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    How Will the War in Gaza End?

    Feb 6, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami argues that a future characterized by chaos, violence, and extremism is far more likely than a stable peace.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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