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Devesh Kapur

Devesh Kapur

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Devesh Kapur, Professor of South Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, is the co-author of The World Bank: Its First Half Century.

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  1. The Absent Voices of Development Economics
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    The Absent Voices of Development Economics

    Mar 26, 2021 Arvind Subramanian & Devesh Kapur show how randomized controlled trials are amplifying the Global South’s underrepresentation in the field.

  2. The Crisis India Needed
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    The Crisis India Needed

    Jul 6, 2020 Devesh Kapur thinks China’s recent aggression will force Narendra Modi’s government to launch long-overdue reforms.

  3. What Next for the Bretton Woods Twins?
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    What Next for the Bretton Woods Twins?

    Oct 18, 2019 Devesh Kapur traces the divergent paths of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank since their founding.

  4. Can the World Bank Redeem Itself?
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    Can the World Bank Redeem Itself?

    Dec 3, 2018 Devesh Kapur & Arvind Subramanian identify three intellectual sins of omission that have undermined the organization's impact and credibility.

  5. Asia’s Hierarchies of Humiliation
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    Asia’s Hierarchies of Humiliation

    Jul 12, 2017 Devesh Kapur worries that, at a time of rising nationalism, simmering historical anger will boil over.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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