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Alex Friedman

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Alex Friedman, a former chief financial officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is Co-Founder and CEO of Novata.

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  1. Private Equity’s ESG Generation
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    Private Equity’s ESG Generation

    Jul 12, 2022 Sébastien Mazella di Bosco & Alex Friedman argue that an often-maligned industry could take environmental, social, and governance investing mainstream.

  2. Hacking the Tragedy of the Commons
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    Hacking the Tragedy of the Commons

    Dec 7, 2021 Alex Friedman is bullish about new consortiums designed to mobilize privately held companies behind climate efforts.

  3. The US and China Are Not Destined for War
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    The US and China Are Not Destined for War

    Aug 17, 2021 Charles C. Krulak & Alex Friedman list four reasons to believe that the so-called Thucydides Trap can be avoided this time around.

  4. How to Fix the Gates Foundation
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    How to Fix the Gates Foundation

    May 28, 2021 Alex Friedman & Julie Sunderland identify three ways to boost charitable organizations' impact – including by making them divorce-proof.

  5. The Meaning of 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths
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    The Meaning of 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths

    Sep 22, 2020 Alex Friedman puts a deplorable US milestone into perspective – and urges action to prevent further tragedy.

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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.

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