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Jonathan Woetzel

Jonathan Woetzel

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Jonathan Woetzel, a McKinsey senior partner, is Leader of McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The Asianized World Has Arrived
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    The Asianized World Has Arrived

    Oct 3, 2019 Jonathan Woetzel & Jeongmin Seong show how complementary groups of countries at varying stages of development are propelling the region's global rise.

  5. The Value of Global China
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    The Value of Global China

    Jul 9, 2019 Jonathan Woetzel & Jeongmin Seong show why the country should continue opening up to the world – and why the world should encourage it to do so.

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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

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