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Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a professor at Harvard University and a former US assistant secretary of defense, is the author, most recently, Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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  1. War Over Taiwan?
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Dec 2, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.

  2. The Evolution of America’s China Strategy
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    The Evolution of America’s China Strategy

    Nov 2, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the legacy of the “engagement” policy, and what should come next.

  3. What Caused the Ukraine War?
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Oct 4, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.

  4. Is Nuclear War Inevitable?
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    Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

    Sep 5, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the best way to assess the risks associated with deterrence and disarmament.

  5. America’s China Challenge
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    America’s China Challenge

    Aug 3, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. explains why a successful US response to its superpower rival needs to start at home.

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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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