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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. What Is the West's Objective in Ukraine?
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    What Is the West's Objective in Ukraine?

    Mar 22, 2022 Michael Ignatieff thinks NATO leaders need to draw a red line at preserving the Zelensky government.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

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    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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