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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Whither Nuclear-Arms Control?
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    Whither Nuclear-Arms Control?

    Oct 9, 2019 Bennett Ramberg thinks the resilience of the global nonproliferation regime will be tested repeatedly in the coming months.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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