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Simplice A. Asongu

Simplice A. Asongu

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Simplice A. Asongu is Lead Economist and Director of the African Governance and Development Institute.

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  1. Will France Derail West Africa's Common Currency?
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    Will France Derail West Africa's Common Currency?

    Nov 10, 2021 Simplice A. Asongu argues that President Emmanuel Macron is undermining his promise to rebalance relations with the continent.

  2. Can a West African Currency Union Work?
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    Can a West African Currency Union Work?

    Oct 15, 2019 Simplice A. Asongu outlines the challenges facing the 15 ECOWAS countries as they attempt to launch the ECO next year.

  3. Liberal Democracy in Africa Can Wait
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    Liberal Democracy in Africa Can Wait

    Jan 16, 2018 Simplice A. Asongu argues that political and economic stability are more important than free and fair elections.

  4. Who’s Really Threatening Europe?
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    Who’s Really Threatening Europe?

    Mar 21, 2017 Simplice A. Asongu puts the onus on immigration opponents to produce evidence supporting their incendiary claims.

  5. Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy
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    Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy

    Aug 17, 2016 Simplice A. Asongu provides a road map for making the continent globally competitive in the twenty-first century.

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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.
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    King Trump on Trial

    Richard K. Sherwin

    High-ranking Republican politicians have lately been turning up at Donald Trump’s New York City trial to demonstrate solidarity with the former president. But their attendance also serves a more alarming purpose: to validate Trump as a competing source of sovereign power, independent of the US Constitution and the rule of law.

    explains why a parade of Republican leaders have made appearances at the former president’s trial in New York.
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    Crunch Time for the Power Sector

    Michael Spence argues that developing flexible, stable, and resilient smart grids requires an expanded industrial policy.
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    The Rise of Mesoeconomics

    William H. Janeway

    A growing body of literature focusing on the domain between the microeconomic and the macroeconomic has become increasingly relevant in a world beset by supply shocks. Armed with such insights, those designing industrial policies will have a better chance of achieving their overlapping economic- and national-security goals.

    details how a long-neglected field of economic study can be applied to today's most pressing policy challenges.
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.
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    The Innocent Bystanders of College Protests

    Takatoshi Ito laments that a radical minority can disrupt the lives of so many in the broader university community.
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    Only Public-Private Cooperation Can Accelerate Decarbonization

    Francesco La Camera & Bruce Douglas explain how to translate political commitments into actual wind turbines and solar panels.
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    Defining Success in Ukraine

    Richard Haass calls for a shift to a defensive posture and efforts to bring about a long-term ceasefire.
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    A Unified Western Strategy for Ukraine

    Anders Åslund proposes a maximalist approach to military aid to replace the current piecemeal injections of old weapons.

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