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Shlomo Ben-Ami

Shlomo Ben-Ami

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Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, is Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace and the author of Prophets without Honor: The 2000 Camp David Summit and the End of the Two-State Solution (Oxford University Press, 2022).

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  1. Anatomy of a Massacre
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Jun 14, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.

  2. The Unbearable Lightness of Anti-Zionism
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Anti-Zionism

    May 9, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami warns that demonizing all Israelis will only make peace less likely – though that may be the point.

  3. Europe’s War Jitters
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Apr 12, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.

  4. The Untimely Resurrection of the Two-State Solution
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    The Untimely Resurrection of the Two-State Solution

    Mar 7, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami explains why the prospects for a US-backed diplomatic resolution to the crisis remain bleak.

  5. How Will the War in Gaza End?
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    How Will the War in Gaza End?

    Feb 6, 2024 Shlomo Ben-Ami argues that a future characterized by chaos, violence, and extremism is far more likely than a stable peace.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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