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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

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    Shlomo Ben-Ami, Simon Johnson, Salome Samadashvili, Charles Tannock

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    A Writer’s War

    Andriy Lyubka interviewed by Kate Tsurkan

    Ukrainians have shown the world that they are determined to reclaim their country's territory and drive out all Russian forces. But does that mean they must drive out Bulgakov and Pushkin, too?

    about Ukraine’s literary front – and volunteering on the military one.
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    Thucydides’s Trade Trap

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    Dani Rodrik, Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Carl Bildt, Sergei Guriev, Nouriel Roubini

    When it comes to trade policy, the West has lately been embracing the adage, “Keep your friends close.” But will its failure to heed the maxim’s ironic kicker – “and keep your enemies closer” – ultimately hurt their economies, undermine their global standing, and perhaps most important, make war with China more likely?

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    Nouriel Roubini on stagflation, debt distress, financial innovation, and more

    Nouriel Roubini explains why advanced-economy central banks have only bad options, highlights barriers to tackling inequality, predicts that China’s growth slowdown will continue, and more.
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    The Sanctions Trap

    Brigitte Granville considers the history of the “economic weapon” and whether it is as effective as many assume.
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    What Do the Midterms Mean?

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    Daron Acemoglu, Jeffrey Frankel, Teresa Ghilarducci, Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Though US Republicans performed much worse than expected in this week’s midterm elections, they may yet secure a thin majority in the House of Representatives, with control of the Senate likely to be decided in a runoff in Georgia in December. At a time of deep polarization, soaring inflation, and heightened geopolitical tensions, we asked PS commentators what the election results mean for the US and the world.

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    The Age of Megathreats

    Nouriel Roubini thinks new systemic risks amount to not just a quantitative but a qualitative change in the global economy.
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    Is Sunak “the One” for the UK?

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    Diane Coyle, Antara Haldar, Harold James, Anatole Kaletsky

    Britain’s new prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has vowed to lead the economy out of crisis and restore public trust in government. Given the scale of the challenges ahead – and that Sunak is Britain’s third prime minister in as many months – we asked PS commentators whether he can deliver.

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    Stephen S. Roach on US monetary tightening, China’s growth sacrifice, the Sino-American rivalry, and more

    Stephen S. Roach says the US Federal Reserve remains mired in the quicksand of excessive monetary accommodation, warns the Communist Party of China against “premature overreach,” proposes a three-pronged strategy for easing Sino-American tensions, and more.
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    Displaying Our Skeletons

    Dina Khapaeva

    Between the mid-1970s and the 1990s, adults appropriated Halloween and took it global. But the popularity of the holiday reflects cultural and intellectual trends that have also nurtured anti-democratic and anti-humanist politics from the United States to Russia.

    explains how Halloween arose from the dead and, since the late 1970s, took over the world.
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    One Hundred Years of Fascism

    Jason Stanley marks the centennial of Mussolini’s March on Rome by explaining the ideology’s staying power.
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    Emperor Xi

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    Minxin Pei, Chris Patten, Jim O'Neill, Stephen S. Roach, Javier Solana

    In many ways, the just-concluded 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China unfolded exactly as expected: President Xi Jinping touted the CPC’s achievements, packed the powerful Politburo Standing Committee with loyalists, and secured a norm-breaking third term as the Party’s general secretary. But the predictability of these developments does not make them any less momentous – and potentially dangerous – for China and the world.

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    America and the Promised Land

    Ivan Krastev & Leonard Benardo consider how the idea of Israel has featured in US foreign policy over time.

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