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Nick Butler, a visiting professor at King’s College London, is Founding Chair of the King’s Policy Institute and Chair of Promus Associates.

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  1. The State Is Taking Back Energy
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    The State Is Taking Back Energy

    Oct 6, 2022 Nick Butler sees increased government intervention in the sector as necessary but too often suboptimal.

  2. Can Nuclear Energy Come Back from the Grave?
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    Can Nuclear Energy Come Back from the Grave?

    Jun 8, 2022 Nick Butler thinks the Ukraine war and high natural-gas prices could trigger a renaissance for the industry.

  3. Will America Become the Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas?
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    Will America Become the Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas?

    Apr 14, 2022 Nick Butler highlights the obstacles to the United States’ becoming the world’s supplier of last resort.

  4. Putin's War and World Energy
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    Putin's War and World Energy

    Mar 8, 2022 Nick Butler considers what the corporate exodus from Russia will mean for a sector at the heart of the global economy.

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    China’s Zero-COVID Muddle

    Minxin Pei

    Chinese leaders’ refusal to adopt a clear stance on zero-COVID is pure politics: nobody wants to be blamed for whatever surge in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths follows a reopening. But the longer the authorities attempt to avoid responsibility and muddle through, the greater the risk to public health.

    warns that the government’s refusal to devise a comprehensive and systematic exit strategy could create the worst of two worlds.
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    FIFA’s World Cup Follies

    Ian Buruma dives into the thicket of fatuousness, hypocrisy, and greed that the tournament has become.
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    The Plight of Public Schools in Africa

    Palesa Libe highlights the toll that the pandemic has taken on lower-income students across the continent.
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    The Scope for More Multilateral Climate Finance

    Frannie Leautier, et al. highlight the crucial role multilateral development banks must play in funding large-scale green projects.
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    Eco-Economic Development

    David Malpass sees declining fish stocks as a case study of why nature must be central to countries’ growth models.
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    Higher Immigration or Higher Interest Rates for America?

    Ricardo Hausmann & Dany Bahar explain why the persistence of Trump-era xenophobia among US policymakers could lead to economic stagnation.
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    Life, Liberty, and Lost Output

    Shang-Jin Wei considers the cost-benefit calculations fueling China’s protests against the government’s zero-COVID policy.
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    Iran’s Conservative Tightrope

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani explains why the country’s hardliners may no longer be able to force their will on the public.
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    The State Legacy of China’s Success

    Zhang Jun explains why Western scholars should pay more attention to the crucial role of the state.

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