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Djoomart Otorbaev

Djoomart Otorbaev

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Djoomart Otorbaev, a former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, is the author of the forthcoming Central Asia’s Economic Rebirth in the Shadow of the New Great Game (Routledge, 2023).

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  1. Central Asia’s Bidding War for Russian Emigrants
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    Central Asia’s Bidding War for Russian Emigrants

    Oct 12, 2022 Djoomart Otorbaev explains why former Soviet republics are competing to attract knowledge workers fleeing Putin’s draft.

  2. Uzbekistan’s Good Crisis
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    Uzbekistan’s Good Crisis

    Aug 15, 2022 Djoomart Otorbaev urges the country’s government to recognize the real causes of recent protests in Karakalpakstan.

  3. Chaos and Opportunism in Kazakhstan
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    Chaos and Opportunism in Kazakhstan

    Jan 8, 2022 Djoomart Otorbaev suggests why protests against a hike in fuel prices quickly turned violent and led to Russian intervention.

  4. A More Perfect Turkic Union?
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    A More Perfect Turkic Union?

    Dec 6, 2021 Djoomart Otorbaev assesses what a regional organization could mean for great-power competition.

  5. Friends of the Taliban?
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    Friends of the Taliban?

    Aug 18, 2021 Djoomart Otorbaev urges Afghanistan's neighbors and others to support the group's more moderate elements.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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