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Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff

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Michael Ignatieff, Professor of History and Rector Emeritus of Central European University in Vienna, is a former Canadian politician and author of On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times (Metropolitan Books, 2021) and Isaiah Berlin: A Life (Pushkin Press, 2023).

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  1. Universal Values at Bay
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    Universal Values at Bay

    Dec 15, 2023 Michael Ignatieff explains what it will take for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to prevail.

  2. Making or Breaking Democracy
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    Making or Breaking Democracy

    Dec 11, 2023 Michael Ignatieff worries that America’s internal divisions will weaken global stability in the runup to the November election.

  3. The Question of Collaboration
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    The Question of Collaboration

    Jul 28, 2023 Michael Ignatieff asks what those who cooperated with the enemy in World War II reveal about those who behave similarly today.

  4. A Better Year for Democracy?
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    A Better Year for Democracy?

    Jun 22, 2022 Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Ignatieff, Kati Marton, Nanjala Nyabola, Anne-Marie Slaughter agree or disagree with the idea that liberal democratic principles and institutions will fare well in 2022.

  5. What Is the West's Objective in Ukraine?
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    What Is the West's Objective in Ukraine?

    Mar 22, 2022 Michael Ignatieff thinks NATO leaders need to draw a red line at preserving the Zelensky government.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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