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Stephen S. Roach

Stephen S. Roach

Writing for PS since 2011
167 commentaries
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Stephen S. Roach, a faculty member at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, is the author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China (Yale University Press, 2014) and Accidental Conflict: America, China, and the Clash of False Narratives (Yale University Press, 2022).

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  1. Don’t Be Fooled by China’s Third Plenum
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    Don’t Be Fooled by China’s Third Plenum

    Jul 10, 2024 Stephen S. Roach reminds Western observers that the Chinese government's real priorities are very different from their own.

  2. The Defining Economic Issue of the US Election
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    The Defining Economic Issue of the US Election

    Jun 24, 2024 Stephen S. Roach argues that the high price level, not inflation, is weighing on voters ahead of the presidential election.

  3. The Dangerous Incoherence of US Trade Policy
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    The Dangerous Incoherence of US Trade Policy

    May 28, 2024 Stephen S. Roach warns that America’s latest tariffs against China raise the risk of a catastrophic superpower conflict.

  4. China’s Rebalancing Imperative
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Apr 19, 2024 Stephen S. Roach explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.

  5. China Stifles Its Own Debate
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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Apr 12, 2024 Stephen S. Roach bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.

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    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.
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    Can Democracy Win in 2024?

    Chris Patten highlights the challenges mainstream parties face as they try to boost growth and improve public services.
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    Finding a New French Majority

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses what must happen to form a stable government after an election that produced a hung parliament.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back. Now What?

    How to design effective industrial policies has suddenly become a hot – and divisive – topic among economists and policymakers. Even those who agree that governments should intervene in the economy to bolster productivity, increase competitiveness, and tackle social and environmental challenges differ sharply on the details.

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    The Big Picture

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    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.

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