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Simplice A. Asongu

Simplice A. Asongu

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Simplice A. Asongu is Lead Economist and Director of the African Governance and Development Institute.

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  1. Will France Derail West Africa's Common Currency?
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    Will France Derail West Africa's Common Currency?

    Nov 10, 2021 Simplice A. Asongu argues that President Emmanuel Macron is undermining his promise to rebalance relations with the continent.

  2. Can a West African Currency Union Work?
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    Can a West African Currency Union Work?

    Oct 15, 2019 Simplice A. Asongu outlines the challenges facing the 15 ECOWAS countries as they attempt to launch the ECO next year.

  3. Liberal Democracy in Africa Can Wait
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    Liberal Democracy in Africa Can Wait

    Jan 16, 2018 Simplice A. Asongu argues that political and economic stability are more important than free and fair elections.

  4. Who’s Really Threatening Europe?
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    Who’s Really Threatening Europe?

    Mar 21, 2017 Simplice A. Asongu puts the onus on immigration opponents to produce evidence supporting their incendiary claims.

  5. Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy
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    Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy

    Aug 17, 2016 Simplice A. Asongu provides a road map for making the continent globally competitive in the twenty-first century.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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