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Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei

Writing for PS since 2006
93 commentaries
3 videos & podcasts

Minxin Pei, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, is a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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  1. China’s Gorbachev Phobia
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    China’s Gorbachev Phobia

    Sep 1, 2022 Minxin Pei explains why, even in death, the Soviet Union’s last leader remains an anathema in Beijing.

  2. The Coming Taiwan Crisis
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    The Coming Taiwan Crisis

    Aug 2, 2022 Minxin Pei explains China's intentions toward the island following Nancy Pelosi's arrival in Taipei.

  3. Can the US Win the New Cold War?
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    Can the US Win the New Cold War?

    Jul 14, 2022 Minxin Pei argues that America's greatest liability in the global struggle for democracy is the Republican Party.

  4. How the US Can Counter China’s Middle-East Influence
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    How the US Can Counter China’s Middle-East Influence

    Jun 17, 2022 Minxin Pei urges the Biden administration to pursue a strategy focused on greater diplomatic and economic engagement.

  5. What the Ukraine War Should Teach China
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    What the Ukraine War Should Teach China

    Jun 8, 2022 Minxin Pei highlights the weaknesses the People’s Liberation Army shares with the Russian military.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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