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Aryeh Neier

Aryeh Neier

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Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is author of The International Human Rights Movement: A History (Princeton University Press, 2012).

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  1. Putin’s Brezhnev Moment
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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Feb 3, 2023 Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.

  2. Russians’ Collective Responsibility for Putin’s War
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    Russians’ Collective Responsibility for Putin’s War

    Mar 29, 2022 Aryeh Neier argues that Western sanctions are appropriate even if they primarily affect ordinary people.

  3. The Passing of Russia's First Dissident Generation
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    The Passing of Russia's First Dissident Generation

    Aug 25, 2021 Aryeh Neier remembers the life and work of the pioneering Soviet dissident Sergei Adamovich Kovalev, who died this month.

  4. An Interview with Aryeh Neier
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    An Interview with Aryeh Neier

    Feb 26, 2020 Aryeh Neier suggests how the International Criminal Court can strengthen its impact, highlights violence and official discrimination against Muslims in India, and names several unsung heroes of the global human-rights movement.

  5. China’s Great Leap into Epidemic
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    China’s Great Leap into Epidemic

    Feb 20, 2020 Aryeh Neier highlights the link between suppression of free speech and public-health crises like the new coronavirus.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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