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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

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Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford, is the author, most recently, of China’s Good War: How World War II Is Shaping a New Nationalism (Belknap Press, 2020).

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  1. The Return of the Warlords
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    The Return of the Warlords

    Jun 26, 2023 Rana Mitter explains why Chinese leaders are paying particularly close attention to the turmoil in Russia.

  2. Where Is Xi’s China Heading?
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    Where Is Xi’s China Heading?

    Oct 14, 2022 Rana Mitter considers the country’s biggest challenges and opportunities during its leader’s unprecedented third term.

  3. The Manchuria Crisis Revisited
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    The Manchuria Crisis Revisited

    Sep 16, 2021 Rana Mitter considers the impact of the 1931 false-flag incident – and Japan's subsequent occupation – on today's leaders.

  4. The Everlasting Mao
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    The Everlasting Mao

    Oct 23, 2020 Rana Mitter reviews recent books on Maoism, many versions of which continue to underpin Chinese politics to this day.

  5. What Next for Trump and Xi?
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    What Next for Trump and Xi?

    Apr 7, 2017 Rana Mitter reviews seven recent books that provide a glimpse of what the future of Sino-US relations may hold in store.

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    Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis

    Abbas Milani explains why few Iranians within or outside the country truly mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.
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    Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias

    Kenneth Rogoff explains why policymakers are more likely to risk higher prices during periods of economic uncertainty.
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    Can AI Improve Family Life?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter & Avni Patel Thompson foresee parents and other caregivers spending more time on meaningful activities, and less time on drudgery.
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    Maxims for the AI Age

    Reid Hoffman

    Far too often, debates about technology, innovation, and progress fall into crude dichotomies – humans versus machines, utopia versus dystopia – that distract from the matter at hand. Rather than fixating on extremes, we should adopt a more nuanced and historically informed view of our tools, and of ourselves.

    offers six principles to guide our thinking about the technology's potential risks and rewards.
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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.

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