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Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

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Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor at Columbia University, is Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He has served as adviser to three UN Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General António Guterres. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, Building the New American EconomyA New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism, and, most recently, The Ages of Globalization.

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  1. Pakistan and the Fight for Climate Justice
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    Pakistan and the Fight for Climate Justice

    Sep 13, 2022 Jeffrey D. Sachs argues that the country's calamitous floods serve to highlight the rich world's financial liabilities.

  2. Did US Biotechnology Help to Create COVID-19?
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    Did US Biotechnology Help to Create COVID-19?

    May 27, 2022 Neil L. Harrison & Jeffrey D. Sachs call for an investigation into research practices that could have led to the coronavirus's emergence in China.

  3. Ending the War of Attrition in Ukraine
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    Ending the War of Attrition in Ukraine

    May 10, 2022 Jeffrey D. Sachs insists that the solution that was on the table in March remains the only viable option for restoring peace.

  4. Time to Talk Peace Terms with Russia
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    Time to Talk Peace Terms with Russia

    Mar 28, 2022 Jeffrey D. Sachs outlines what a negotiated settlement could look like – and why Ukraine and its allies should support it.

  5. Diplomacy Remains the Only Option in Ukraine
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    Diplomacy Remains the Only Option in Ukraine

    Mar 9, 2022 Jeffrey D. Sachs urges the US and Europe to seek a compromise based on Ukrainian neutrality in exchange for Russia's withdrawal.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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