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Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff

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Michael Ignatieff, Professor of History and Rector Emeritus of Central European University in Vienna, is a former Canadian politician and author of On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times (Metropolitan Books, 2021) and Isaiah Berlin: A Life (Pushkin Press, 2023).

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  1. The Threat to American Hegemony Is Real
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    The Threat to American Hegemony Is Real

    Mar 5, 2024 Michael Ignatieff warns that Russia and China could have a unique opportunity to mount a serious challenge to the West.

  2. Universal Values at Bay
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    Universal Values at Bay

    Dec 15, 2023 Michael Ignatieff explains what it will take for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to prevail.

  3. Making or Breaking Democracy
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    Making or Breaking Democracy

    Dec 11, 2023 Michael Ignatieff worries that America’s internal divisions will weaken global stability in the runup to the November election.

  4. The Question of Collaboration
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    The Question of Collaboration

    Jul 28, 2023 Michael Ignatieff asks what those who cooperated with the enemy in World War II reveal about those who behave similarly today.

  5. A Better Year for Democracy?
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    A Better Year for Democracy?

    Jun 22, 2022 Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Ignatieff, Kati Marton, Nanjala Nyabola, Anne-Marie Slaughter agree or disagree with the idea that liberal democratic principles and institutions will fare well in 2022.

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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

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    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.
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    Who’s Afraid of Colonization?

    Frederico Menino thinks the concept can be repurposed to help overcome the deficiencies of current social advocacy.
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    Europe Needs Chinese Investment

    Dalia Marin urges European policymakers to focus on boosting FDI flows from technologically advanced economies.

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