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Fawaz A. Gerges

Fawaz A. Gerges

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Fawaz A. Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, is author of the forthcoming What Really Went Wrong: The West and the Failure of Democracy in the Middle East (Yale University Press, 2024).

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  1. Why “the Rest” Are Rejecting the West
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    Why “the Rest” Are Rejecting the West

    Jan 29, 2024 Fawaz A. Gerges argues that the war in Gaza has confirmed the Global South’s worst suspicions about America.

  2. An Interview with Fawaz A. Gerges
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    An Interview with Fawaz A. Gerges

    Sep 21, 2021 Fawaz A. Gerges specifies what the West owes Afghanistan, considers the likely regional impact of the Taliban’s return to power, and offers historical insights that could help to guide a peaceful reordering of Middle Eastern politics.

  3. Terror and the Taliban
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    Terror and the Taliban

    Aug 17, 2021 Fawaz A. Gerges is more concerned about the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan than the risk of al-Qaeda returning.

  4. Morning in the Middle East?
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    Morning in the Middle East?

    Aug 4, 2021 Fawaz A. Gerges sees diplomacy and rapprochement gaining a lead on zero-sum conflict in the region – for now.

  5. Biden’s Israel Problem
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    Biden’s Israel Problem

    May 20, 2021 Fawaz A. Gerges thinks the US administration is clinging to an antiquated strategic perspective vis-à-vis Israel.

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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.

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