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Kent Harrington

Kent Harrington

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1 videos & podcasts

Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst, served as national intelligence officer for East Asia, chief of station in Asia, and the CIA’s director of public affairs.

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  1. Spy vs. Spy
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    Spy vs. Spy

    Aug 29, 2023 Kent Harrington asks whether the West is repeating Cold War mistakes when it comes to Chinese intelligence activities.

  2. Xi Jinping’s Russian Albatross
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    Xi Jinping’s Russian Albatross

    Jul 14, 2023 Kent Harrington show why China's “no limits” partnership with Russia has become a liability it cannot throw off.

  3. What Do America’s Spies Really Think About China?
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    What Do America’s Spies Really Think About China?

    Mar 20, 2023 Kent Harrington thinks the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment should have delved deeper on the issue.

  4. The Conspiracy Congress
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    The Conspiracy Congress

    Feb 8, 2023 Kent Harrington explains how House Republicans’ bogus investigations will undermine US democracy and national security.

  5. Trump’s Blackmail Defense
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    Trump’s Blackmail Defense

    Aug 22, 2022 Kent Harrington notes that prosecuting the mishandling of top-secret information comes with unique challenges.

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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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    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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