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Shlomo Avineri (1933-2023)

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A professor of political science at Hebrew University and the author of indispensable books on Hegel, Marx, and the intellectual history of Zionism, Shlomo Avineri was equally at home in the world of practical policymaking, serving in the 1970s as Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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  1. The Two Faces of Pharaoh
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    The Two Faces of Pharaoh

    Feb 26, 2020 Shlomo Avineri reflects on the life and rule of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak on the occasion of his death.

  2. The Roots of Right-Wing Dominance in Israel
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    The Roots of Right-Wing Dominance in Israel

    Apr 15, 2019 Shlomo Avineri points to several structural factors, not least the cumulative impact of profound demographic change.

  3. Saudi Arabia’s Perilous Pivot
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    Saudi Arabia’s Perilous Pivot

    Apr 3, 2018 Shlomo Avineri thinks the crown prince's hardnosed approach to politics could jeopardize his reform agenda.

  4. Like the Palestinians, the Kurds Deserve a State
    A man holds a Kurdistan's flags as he takes part in a demonstration John Thys/Getty Images

    Like the Palestinians, the Kurds Deserve a State

    Oct 26, 2017 Shlomo Avineri thinks arguments in favor of Palestinian statehood apply equally to an independent Kurdistan.

  5. Trump in Jerusalem
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    Trump in Jerusalem

    May 30, 2017 Shlomo Avineri thinks the US president will end up disappointing Israel's right and left alike.

  6. Poland’s Crime Against History
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    Poland’s Crime Against History

    Sep 7, 2016 Shlomo Avineri is appalled at a proposed law that would prohibit references to Poles' role in the Holocaust.

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    When Women Win, the World Wins

    Indermit Gill & Tea Trumbic share new findings suggesting that some of the progress made toward gender equality has been overestimated.
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    The Case for a European Public-Goods Fund

    Age Bakker, et al. propose a new financing tool to support green and digital investments across the European Union.
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    What Does Trump Mean for the Climate?

    Gernot Wagner doubts that a change of power in the United States would derail the long-term trends that really matter.
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    What’s Behind the US Stock-Market Disconnect?

    Kenneth Rogoff

    Buoyed by the artificial-intelligence boom, the US stock market is breaking records with no apparent end in sight. But given the significant challenges and uncertainties facing the American economy regardless of who occupies the White House in 2025, there is little reason to believe that the current rally can last.

    warns that investors are underestimating the severity of the threat to American democracy.
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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.

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