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Stephen S. Roach

Stephen S. Roach

Writing for PS since 2011
161 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. The Drums of US-China Cyber War
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Feb 27, 2024 Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

  2. China’s Imagination Deficit
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    China’s Imagination Deficit

    Jan 26, 2024 Stephen S. Roach warns that the government’s response to tough problems is being driven by stale tactics and ideology.

  3. The Myth of the Unprecedented
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    The Myth of the Unprecedented

    Dec 21, 2023 Stephen S. Roach looks back on his 50 years of forecasting and finds that “exceptional” crises have been the norm.

  4. Biden and Xi Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit
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    Biden and Xi Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit

    Nov 17, 2023 Stephen S. Roach explains why the US and Chinese presidents managed to make progress on the issues they did in San Francisco.

  5. A Better Biden-Xi Summit?
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    A Better Biden-Xi Summit?

    Oct 26, 2023 Stephen S. Roach proposes three objectives to pursue at a possible meeting between the US and Chinese presidents in November.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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