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      Will the Center Hold?

      Lawrence H. Summers foresees a catatrophic political scenario if a financial crisis erupts or a recession takes hold.
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      Will Monetary Policy Trigger Another Financial Crisis?

      Alex Friedman identifies legacy risks from a decade of unconventional measures that central banks will soon roll back.
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      How Inequality Works

      Angus Deaton identifies several factors behind the stagnation of median wages and soaring incomes at the top.
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      Central Banks’ Year of Reckoning

      Raghuram G. Rajan assesses the track record of unconventional monetary policies now that reliance on them is diminishing.
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      The Global Economy’s Risky Recovery

      Joseph E. Stiglitz predicts that growth will continue to pick up worldwide in 2018, but that longer-term dangers are looming.
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      A New Balance for the Global Age

      Gordon Brown argues that international cooperation must account for the concerns of national sovereignty.
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      A Year of Renewed Climate Commitments

      Laurence Tubiana is optimistic about global efforts to meet the goals of the Paris agreement – with or without the US.
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      Africa, the Business Deal of the Century

      Célestin Monga touts the global benefits of increased investment in developing the continent’s manufacturing capacity.
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      Agile Governance for a Fractured World

      Klaus Schwab thinks policymakers will need to act more like start-ups to meet the challenges of rapid change.
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      Asia’s Cities Against North Korea

      Yuriko Koike calls on the region’s municipal leaders to help mitigate the threat posed by Kim Jong-un’s rogue regime.
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      Can Economic Policy Solve Economic Problems?

      Jason Furman says it’s time to stop lying to voters about what policymakers – even the most innovative – can achieve.
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      East Asia’s Rising Star

      Sri Mulyani Indrawati says strong macroeconomic performance has positioned Indonesia for further political and economic progress.

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