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Asia’s Stumbling Giant

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India’s economy is slowing sharply, with GDP growth lagging well behind other major Asian economies in the second quarter of this year.  How can India achieve – and sustain – the Chinese-style rates of growth that Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised when he came to power? 

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  1. Reviving India’s Economy
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    Reviving India’s Economy

    Sep 19, 2017 Kaushik Basu proposes policies to address the short- and long-term impediments to growth.

  2. The Changing Face of Work in India
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    The Changing Face of Work in India

    Jul 17, 2017 Rakesh Mohan & Anu Madgavkar argue that official data fail to capture the structural shift in the country's labor market.

  3. Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia
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    Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia

    May 24, 2017 Changyong Rhee warns that powerful demographic headwinds could undermine the region's economic prospects.

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    Nationalists Abroad

    Ian Buruma

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    All Talk, No Dialogue on Asian Security

    Richard Maude

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    How AI Can Even the Climate Playing Field

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    Strengthening the Global Balance Sheet

    Olivia White, et al. outline four medium-term scenarios for the world economy, each implying dramatically different outcomes.
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    The Ukraine-Russia Culture War

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub survey the heated battles that have been playing out far from the physical battlefield.
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    The Poverty of AI Pessimism

    Jim O'Neill questions the increasingly popular sentiment that the technology will be economically destabilizing.
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    The Post-American Middle East

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    How to Think About Climate-Tech Solutions

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    Can the ECB Escape Its Own Trap?

    Otmar Issing examines the policy dilemma facing central banks as they try to shrink their bloated balance sheets.

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