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Simplice A. Asongu

Simplice A. Asongu

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Simplice A. Asongu is Lead Economist and Director of the African Governance and Development Institute.

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  1. Will France Derail West Africa's Common Currency?
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    Will France Derail West Africa's Common Currency?

    Nov 10, 2021 Simplice A. Asongu argues that President Emmanuel Macron is undermining his promise to rebalance relations with the continent.

  2. Can a West African Currency Union Work?
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    Can a West African Currency Union Work?

    Oct 15, 2019 Simplice A. Asongu outlines the challenges facing the 15 ECOWAS countries as they attempt to launch the ECO next year.

  3. Liberal Democracy in Africa Can Wait
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    Liberal Democracy in Africa Can Wait

    Jan 16, 2018 Simplice A. Asongu argues that political and economic stability are more important than free and fair elections.

  4. Who’s Really Threatening Europe?
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    Who’s Really Threatening Europe?

    Mar 21, 2017 Simplice A. Asongu puts the onus on immigration opponents to produce evidence supporting their incendiary claims.

  5. Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy
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    Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy

    Aug 17, 2016 Simplice A. Asongu provides a road map for making the continent globally competitive in the twenty-first century.

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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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