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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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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
  3. op_anheier13_CHRISTOF STACHEAFP via Getty Images_scholzbaerbockhabecklindner Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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