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Harold James

Harold James

Writing for PS since 2001
217 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Harold James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. A specialist on German economic history and on globalization, he is a co-author of The Euro and The Battle of Ideas, and the author of The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German FirmMaking the European Monetary Union, and The War of Words.

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  1. The Financial March to War
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    The Financial March to War

    Feb 27, 2024 Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.

  2. The Politics of Despair
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    The Politics of Despair

    Jan 30, 2024 Harold James explores the yawning gap between positive economic developments and dour public sentiment.

  3. A Year of Political Chicken
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    A Year of Political Chicken

    Jan 2, 2024 Harold James considers the US presidential race and its global implications through the lens of game theory.

  4. Inflation Destroys Rotten Governments
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    Inflation Destroys Rotten Governments

    Nov 23, 2023 Harold James explains why price instability poses such an acute threat to authoritarian and incompetent regimes.

  5. War and Dollars
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    War and Dollars

    Oct 27, 2023 Harold James worries about the loss of two factors that previously underpinned global peace and stability.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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