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Bennett Ramberg

Bennett Ramberg

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Bennett Ramberg, a former foreign affairs officer in the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, is the author of Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy (University of California Press, 1985).

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  1. The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War
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    The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War

    Aug 5, 2022 Bennett Ramberg shows why the world needs a formal agreement banning attacks on live reactors and related facilities.

  2. The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine
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    The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine

    Feb 14, 2022 Bennett Ramberg sees a Chernobyl-scale catastrophe, or worse, as the biggest underappreciated risk of a Russian invasion.

  3. Israel's Nuclear Option Against Iran
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    Israel's Nuclear Option Against Iran

    Dec 8, 2021 Bennett Ramberg thinks stopping the Islamic Republic's weapons program may require threatening a tactical preemptive strike.

  4. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible?
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    Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible?

    Mar 9, 2021 Bennett Ramberg urges the Biden administration to combine deterrence with a normalization of diplomatic relations.

  5. Whither Nuclear-Arms Control?
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    Whither Nuclear-Arms Control?

    Oct 9, 2019 Bennett Ramberg thinks the resilience of the global nonproliferation regime will be tested repeatedly in the coming months.

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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.
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    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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