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Bennett Ramberg

Bennett Ramberg

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Bennett Ramberg, a former foreign affairs officer in the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, is the author of Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy (University of California Press, 1985).

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  1. Preparing for a Russian Nuclear Meltdown
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    Preparing for a Russian Nuclear Meltdown

    Nov 10, 2023 Bennett Ramberg urges American policymakers to start planning for scenarios in which Vladimir Putin’s regime collapses.

  2. The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War
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    The Danger of Nuclear Reactors in War

    Aug 5, 2022 Bennett Ramberg shows why the world needs a formal agreement banning attacks on live reactors and related facilities.

  3. The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine
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    The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine

    Feb 14, 2022 Bennett Ramberg sees a Chernobyl-scale catastrophe, or worse, as the biggest underappreciated risk of a Russian invasion.

  4. Israel's Nuclear Option Against Iran
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    Israel's Nuclear Option Against Iran

    Dec 8, 2021 Bennett Ramberg thinks stopping the Islamic Republic's weapons program may require threatening a tactical preemptive strike.

  5. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible?
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    Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible?

    Mar 9, 2021 Bennett Ramberg urges the Biden administration to combine deterrence with a normalization of diplomatic relations.

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    Industrial Policy Is Back. Now What?

    How to design effective industrial policies has suddenly become a hot – and divisive – topic among economists and policymakers. Even those who agree that governments should intervene in the economy to bolster productivity, increase competitiveness, and tackle social and environmental challenges differ sharply on the details.

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    The Big Picture

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    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.
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    The Irrationality of EU Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Daniel Gros argues that Europe should be both subsidizing its own green industries and welcoming low-cost green imports.
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    Do We Need a Plaza Accord 2.0?

    Koichi Hamada thinks that policymakers should instead focus on the benefits provided by a flexible exchange-rate regime.
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    The False Distinction Between Industrial and Economic Policy

    Célestin Monga explains why differentiating between “vertical” and “horizontal” government intervention does not hold water.

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