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Venezuela’s Tragedy

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Political violence has erupted in the wake of economic collapse and President Nicolas Maduro's decision to establish a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. Opposition is mounting, but can it succeed?

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  1. Odiousness Ratings for Public Debt
    Venezuela economy crisis Federico Parra/Getty Images

    Odiousness Ratings for Public Debt

    Aug 30, 2017 Ricardo Hausmann & Ugo Panizza call for a mechanism to limit corrupt and repressive regimes' access to global capital markets.

  2. We Weep for You, Venezuela
    Venezuela opposition protest Federico Parra/Getty Images

    We Weep for You, Venezuela

    Aug 15, 2017 Juan Manuel Santos calls on the Maduro government to make way for a fair and peaceful end to the country's crisis.

  3. The World’s Duty to Venezuela
    Venezuela protest Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

    The World’s Duty to Venezuela

    Aug 10, 2017 Bernard-Henri Lévy laments the international community's complacent response to a slow-motion coup in Latin America.

  4. Venezuela’s Unprecedented Collapse
    President Nicolas Maduro Federico Parra/Getty Images

    Venezuela’s Unprecedented Collapse

    Jul 31, 2017 Ricardo Hausmann points out that the 40% contraction in GDP since 2013 actually understates the economy's decline.

  5. Venezuela’s Freedom Fighters
    Venezuela protest Ronaldo Schemidt/Getty Images

    Venezuela’s Freedom Fighters

    Jul 25, 2017 Miguel Rodriguez Mendoza warns that the government's planned constituent assembly election could aggravate civil disorder.

  6. Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause
     Wuilly Arteaga at a protest in Caracas Carlos Becerra/Getty Images

    Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause

    Jul 17, 2017 Anne-Marie Slaughter & Fabiana Perera explain why young people are leading the ongoing wave of protests against the Maduro government.

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    How to Settle the Great Chess Cheating Scandal

    Kenneth Rogoff explains how a suspiciously successful young upstart can prove that he is for real.
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    Why Deglobalization Makes US Inflation Worse

    Dambisa Moyo laments that today’s inflationary surge has not elicited a coordinated global response.
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    How to Tax Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits

    Clemens Fuest & Axel Ockenfels

    Given the complexities of modern markets, economies, and legal regimes, new levies on energy companies will always run into implementation problems. To prevent supply shortages and other disastrous unintended consequences, policymakers must proceed with caution and coordinate across borders.

    consider the underappreciated difficulties of implementing new levies without creating unwanted side effects.
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    Is Putin in Peril?

    From alternate-reality annexations to fresh nuclear threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more desperate than ever to project an image of strength after a string of battlefield defeats. As Ukrainian forces advance on Russian-occupied territories and hundreds of thousands of draft-age Russian men flee the Kremlin’s “partial mobilization,” we asked PS commentators to assess his prospects.

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    Liz Truss’s Backward Vision of the Future

    Diane Coyle argues that the new UK government will never cure what ails the British economy by living in the past.
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    The State Is Taking Back Energy

    Nick Butler sees increased government intervention in the sector as necessary but too often suboptimal.
  7. gros167_John KeebleGetty Images_bankofengland John Keeble/Getty Images

    The Stabilizing Effect of Inflation

    Daniel Gros explains why, despite the disruptions caused by monetary tightening, a financial crisis is unlikely.
  8. marin21_Steffen KuglerBundesregierung via Getty Image_scholzgermanymilitary Steffen Kugler/Bundesregierung via Getty Images

    Germany’s Emerging War Economy

    Dalia Marin outlines how the country can transform its economy and help Europe achieve strategic autonomy.
  9. kawamoto4_Eugene Hoshiko - PoolGetty Images_fumio kishida Eugene Hoshiko - Pool/Getty Images

    Japan’s Post-Abe Trust Crisis

    Akira Kawamoto explains how Fumio Kishida’s embattled government can regain public confidence and boost economic growth.

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