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Harold James

Harold James

Writing for PS since 2001
198 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. Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Sep 23, 2022 Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.

  2. Can Truss Be Trusted with the Bank of England?
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    Can Truss Be Trusted with the Bank of England?

    Sep 2, 2022 Harold James thinks Britain’s likely next prime minister has a point in her criticism of the UK’s monetary policymakers.

  3. A Decade of “Whatever It Takes”
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    A Decade of “Whatever It Takes”

    Jul 26, 2022 Harold James considers the implications of the European Central Bank's new Transmission Protection Instrument.

  4. All That Is Solid Melts into Inflation
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    All That Is Solid Melts into Inflation

    Jul 5, 2022 Harold James shows how episodes of price instability can both reflect and accelerate broader systemic breakdowns.

  5. What If Ukraine Is a Forever Crisis?
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    What If Ukraine Is a Forever Crisis?

    May 31, 2022 Harold James thinks that a prolonged war of attrition will increasingly complicate matters for the West.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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