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Josef Joffe

Josef Joffe

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Josef Joffe serves on the editorial council of Die Zeit and teaches international politics and political thought at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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  1. Green Pacifism Goes to War
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    Green Pacifism Goes to War

    Aug 17, 2022 Josef Joffe examines the roots of the party’s hawkish turn in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  2. Sarkozy’s Conviction Is a Win for the Rule of Law
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    Sarkozy’s Conviction Is a Win for the Rule of Law

    Mar 3, 2021 Josef Joffe sees in the former French president's sentencing the reaffirmation of a principle going back to Magna Carta.

  3. Germany’s Empty Pipeline Logic
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    Germany’s Empty Pipeline Logic

    Feb 19, 2021 Josef Joffe views Nord Stream 2 as a €10 billion monument to personal gain and an obsolete strategic doctrine.

  4. Merkel Minus Angela
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    Merkel Minus Angela

    Jan 18, 2021 Josef Joffe appraises Armin Laschet, who is now the odds-on favorite to become the country's next chancellor.

  5. Who Will Succeed Merkel?
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    Who Will Succeed Merkel?

    Dec 11, 2020 Josef Joffe offers a preview of a German party contest between three centrists boldly campaigning for continuity.

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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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