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Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

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Kevin Rudd, twice prime minister of Australia, is President of the Asia Society, convener of the High-Level Policy Commission on Getting Asia to Net Zero, and the author of The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping’s China (PublicAffairs, 2022).

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  1. The Climate Fight Is Asia’s Leadership Opportunity
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    The Climate Fight Is Asia’s Leadership Opportunity

    Nov 14, 2022 Kevin Rudd & Ban Ki-moon urge the region's leaders to unite the G20 agenda around the opportunities offered by the green transition.

  2. China’s Lessons from Russia’s War
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    China’s Lessons from Russia’s War

    Jun 17, 2022 Kevin Rudd considers how Russia’s fumbled invasion of Ukraine will affect Xi Jinping’s strategic thinking.

  3. A Tribunal for Putin's War Crimes
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    A Tribunal for Putin's War Crimes

    Mar 22, 2022 Gordon Brown, et al. identify legal avenues for holding the Russian regime accountable for its aggression against Ukraine.

  4. An Interview with Kevin Rudd
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    An Interview with Kevin Rudd

    Mar 1, 2022 Kevin Rudd assesses Xi Jinping’s vulnerabilities, considers how the China-Russia partnership could affect nuclear arms control, and predicts what the war in Ukraine will mean for Taiwan.

  5. Preventing a US-China Nuclear Arms Race
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    Preventing a US-China Nuclear Arms Race

    Dec 4, 2021 Kevin Rudd proposes confidence-building measures to forestall a dangerous Cold War-style escalation.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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