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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

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Helen Clark is a former prime minister of New Zealand and former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

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  1. Pandemic Unpreparedness
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    Pandemic Unpreparedness

    Jun 22, 2022 Helen Clark thinks that, despite two years of COVID-19, the world is nowhere near ready for the next novel pathogen.

  2. Replace Russian Oil and Gas with Renewables
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    Replace Russian Oil and Gas with Renewables

    Mar 29, 2022 Helen Clark, et al. argue that switching to clean energy would help ensure a more sustainable – and thus more peaceful – future.

  3. How to Make the Pandemic History
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    How to Make the Pandemic History

    Feb 17, 2022 Ban Ki-moon, et al. call for upcoming high-level international meetings to be used to close the ACT-A funding gap.

  4. Reeling in a Deal to Save the Ocean
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    Reeling in a Deal to Save the Ocean

    Nov 26, 2021 Helen Clark, et al. call on governments to end harmful fisheries subsidies at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference.

  5. A Half-Century of Endless Drug War
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    A Half-Century of Endless Drug War

    Jun 17, 2021 Helen Clark, et al. welcome the Biden administration’s emphasis on harm reduction rather than repression and punishment.

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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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