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Djoomart Otorbaev

Djoomart Otorbaev

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Djoomart Otorbaev, a former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, is the author of Central Asia’s Economic Rebirth in the Shadow of the New Great Game (Routledge, 2023).

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  1. Peace at Last in the South Caucasus?
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    Peace at Last in the South Caucasus?

    Apr 25, 2023 Djoomart Otorbaev explains how Armenia’s recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan opens the way for a settlement.

  2. Will China Win the Middle East?
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    Will China Win the Middle East?

    Apr 10, 2023 Djoomart Otorbaev assesses the implications of Saudi Arabia's move to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

  3. Central Asia’s Bidding War for Russian Emigrants
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    Central Asia’s Bidding War for Russian Emigrants

    Oct 12, 2022 Djoomart Otorbaev explains why former Soviet republics are competing to attract knowledge workers fleeing Putin’s draft.

  4. Uzbekistan’s Good Crisis
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    Uzbekistan’s Good Crisis

    Aug 15, 2022 Djoomart Otorbaev urges the country’s government to recognize the real causes of recent protests in Karakalpakstan.

  5. Chaos and Opportunism in Kazakhstan
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    Chaos and Opportunism in Kazakhstan

    Jan 8, 2022 Djoomart Otorbaev suggests why protests against a hike in fuel prices quickly turned violent and led to Russian intervention.

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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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