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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. China’s History Parade
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    China’s History Parade

    Sep 4, 2015 Rana Mitter asks what Nationalist WWII veterans were doing at the Communist Party's big military display.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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