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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

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191 commentaries
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Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress. He is the author, most recently, of Ambedkar: A Life (Aleph Book Company, 2022).

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  1. Might Modi Lose?
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    Might Modi Lose?

    May 3, 2024 Shashi Tharoor predicts that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will perform worse than expected in India’s general election.

  2. Does Pakistan Still Matter to India?
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    Does Pakistan Still Matter to India?

    Apr 9, 2024 Shashi Tharoor explains why India’s upcoming election is unlikely to change its policy of benign neglect toward its neighbor.

  3. Indian Democracy’s Moment of Truth
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    Indian Democracy’s Moment of Truth

    Mar 13, 2024 Shashi Tharoor warns that the ruling BJP will do everything it can to curtail dissent ahead of this year's general election.

  4. Why Is the Maldives Spurning India?
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    Why Is the Maldives Spurning India?

    Feb 15, 2024 Shashi Tharoor worries that the island nation is becoming a Chinese client and nurturing Islamist radicalism.

  5. India’s Hindu “Emperor” Wants a Third Term
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    India’s Hindu “Emperor” Wants a Third Term

    Jan 5, 2024 Shashi Tharoor expects the coming election campaign to focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist credentials.

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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.

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