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Stephen S. Roach

Stephen S. Roach

Writing for PS since 2011
164 commentaries
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Stephen S. Roach, a faculty member at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, is the author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China (Yale University Press, 2014) and Accidental Conflict: America, China, and the Clash of False Narratives (Yale University Press, 2022).

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  1. China’s Rebalancing Imperative
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Apr 19, 2024 Stephen S. Roach explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.

  2. China Stifles Its Own Debate
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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Apr 12, 2024 Stephen S. Roach bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.

  3. American Sinophobia
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    American Sinophobia

    Mar 27, 2024 Stephen S. Roach warns that fear has driven US policymakers to level a litany of unsubstantiated charges against China.

  4. The Drums of US-China Cyber War
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Feb 27, 2024 Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

  5. China’s Imagination Deficit
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    China’s Imagination Deficit

    Jan 26, 2024 Stephen S. Roach warns that the government’s response to tough problems is being driven by stale tactics and ideology.

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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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