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Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

Writing for PS since 2013
48 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Ngaire Woods is Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

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  1. The World Needs Many More Public Servants
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    The World Needs Many More Public Servants

    Dec 23, 2022 Ngaire Woods explains why strong governments need high-quality personnel to address humanity’s most pressing challenges.

  2. In Defense of Non-Alignment
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    In Defense of Non-Alignment

    Oct 25, 2022 Ngaire Woods thinks many small countries are wise to maintain geopolitical autonomy and seek self-reliance.

  3. Is the World’s Financial Firefighter Ready?
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    Is the World’s Financial Firefighter Ready?

    Aug 31, 2022 Ngaire Woods urges rich countries to bolster the IMF’s ability to prevent and manage crises in lower-income economies.

  4. The US Front in the Global War on Women
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    The US Front in the Global War on Women

    Jun 28, 2022 Ngaire Woods notes that the Supreme Court’s elimination of the federal right to abortion accompanies rising gender violence.

  5. A Perfect Storm for Developing Countries
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    A Perfect Storm for Developing Countries

    Apr 19, 2022 Ngaire Woods urges leading economies to cooperate to prevent famine, conflict, and a major debt crisis.

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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.

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