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Timur Kuran

Timur Kuran

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Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science at Duke University and the author of The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East.

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  1. The Economic Costs of Erdoğan
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    The Economic Costs of Erdoğan

    Aug 24, 2018 Timur Kuran & Dani Rodrik lay the blame for Turkey's crisis squarely at the feet of its autocratic president.

  2. Turkey’s Changing Freedom Deficit
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    Turkey’s Changing Freedom Deficit

    Sep 15, 2016 Timur Kuran laments that, since the failed coup in July, citizens must increasingly obscure their true beliefs.

  3. The Roots of Middle East Mistrust
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    The Roots of Middle East Mistrust

    Jul 8, 2016 Timur Kuran explains how Islamic law has weakened trust among Muslims.

  4. Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship

    Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship

    Apr 10, 2014 Timur Kuran warns that recent local elections will reinforce Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's authoritarian turn.

  5. Political Islam’s Loss of Democratic Legitimacy
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    Political Islam’s Loss of Democratic Legitimacy

    Aug 2, 2013 Timur Kuran

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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