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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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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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