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Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a professor at Harvard University and a former US assistant secretary of defense, is the author, most recently, Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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  1. The Evolution of America’s China Strategy
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    The Evolution of America’s China Strategy

    Nov 2, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the legacy of the “engagement” policy, and what should come next.

  2. What Caused the Ukraine War?
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Oct 4, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.

  3. Is Nuclear War Inevitable?
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    Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

    Sep 5, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the best way to assess the risks associated with deterrence and disarmament.

  4. America’s China Challenge
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    America’s China Challenge

    Aug 3, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. explains why a successful US response to its superpower rival needs to start at home.

  5. Will the Ukraine War Fuel Nuclear Proliferation?
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    Will the Ukraine War Fuel Nuclear Proliferation?

    Jul 6, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers what lessons the rest of the world will take from the asymmetrical conflict in Europe.

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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

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    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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