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Davos 2015

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As the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, much attention will be devoted to the usual suspects: Russia, China, the Middle East, and the eurozone. But other global risks – including protracted war, epidemics, inequality, and environmental disasters – have also come into view.

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  1. Facing Down Mental Illness
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    Facing Down Mental Illness

    Jan 28, 2015 Thomas Insel charts progress in combating one of the oldest and most widespread sources of human misery.

  2. Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists
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    Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists

    Jan 27, 2015 Jean-Marie Guéhenno traces today's extremism and terrorism to the post-Cold War eclipse of politics by market logic.

  3. Safe Driving for Fast Companies
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    Safe Driving for Fast Companies

    Jan 27, 2015 Estelle Metayer identifies two blind spots that can cause businesses to be run off the road.

  4. Emergency Education Now
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    Emergency Education Now

    Jan 27, 2015 Gordon Brown calls for the establishment of a permanent fund to keep millions of refugee children in school.

  5. LGBT at Work
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    LGBT at Work

    Jan 26, 2015 Beth Brooke-Marciniak urges companies to shift their cultural focus from "diversity" to "inclusiveness."

  6. Can China Avoid Deflation?
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    Can China Avoid Deflation?

    Jan 26, 2015 Yao Yang assesses Premier Li Keqiang's pledge in Davos to stop the Chinese economy's slide.

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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.

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