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Jonathan Woetzel

Jonathan Woetzel

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Jonathan Woetzel, a McKinsey senior partner, is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

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  1. Strengthening the Global Balance Sheet
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    Strengthening the Global Balance Sheet

    Jun 8, 2023 Olivia White, et al. outline four medium-term scenarios for the world economy, each implying dramatically different outcomes.

  2. Reimagining Global Integration
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    Reimagining Global Integration

    Mar 7, 2023 Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel argue that cross-border flows of intangibles are integral to the next phase of globalization.

  3. Reimagining Our Global Connections
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    Reimagining Our Global Connections

    Nov 23, 2022 Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel show that retreating from global interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary.

  4. Emerging Economies Have a New Imperative
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    Emerging Economies Have a New Imperative

    Feb 11, 2021 Jonathan Woetzel & Mekala Krishnan explain why supply-chain resilience will remain a top priority after the pandemic has receded.

  5. What Is Driving Asia’s Technological Rise?
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    What Is Driving Asia’s Technological Rise?

    Dec 23, 2020 Jonathan Woetzel & Jeongmin Seong identify collaboration as the key factor in the region's transformation into a global tech powerhouse.

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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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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.

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