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Helmut K. Anheier

Helmut K. Anheier

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Helmut K. Anheier, Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School in Berlin, is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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  1. Germany in the Doldrums
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    Germany in the Doldrums

    Dec 19, 2023 Helmut K. Anheier warns that the government's paralysis is exacerbating the problem.

  2. Why Is Germany’s Far Right Surging?
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    Why Is Germany’s Far Right Surging?

    Aug 16, 2023 Helmut K. Anheier blames the ineptitude of government and opposition alike for bolstering Alternative für Deutschland.

  3. Germany’s National-Security Strategy Misses the Target
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    Germany’s National-Security Strategy Misses the Target

    Jun 22, 2023 Helmut K. Anheier thinks the country’s widely anticipated plan is long on vision and short on concrete steps.

  4. The Benin Bronzes’ Bungled Return
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    The Benin Bronzes’ Bungled Return

    May 23, 2023 Helmut K. Anheier explains why impartial intermediaries are crucial to facilitating sensitive cultural exchanges.

  5. Mixed Signals from Germany’s Traffic-Light Coalition
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    Mixed Signals from Germany’s Traffic-Light Coalition

    Apr 12, 2023 Helmut K. Anheier explains how the government, beset by partisan infighting, has fumbled one promised reform after another.

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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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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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