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Opinion Has It by Project Syndicate features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.

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Opinion Has It by Project Syndicate features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.

    What Do Mainstream Economists Get Wrong About Poverty And Growth? | Abhijit Banerjee

    What Do Mainstream Economists Get Wrong About Poverty And Growth? | Abhijit Banerjee

    By focusing on practical solutions to small questions, Abhijit Banerjee helped revolutionize development economics. Now, he’s turning his focus to rehabilitating the battered reputations of economists themselves.

    Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT. In 2003, he co-founded J-PAL, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He is the author of several books, most recently, Good Economics for Hard Times, co-written with Esther Duflo. In 2019, he, along with Duflo and Michael Kremer, won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

    • 21 min
    Is it Time for Iowa to Pass the Torch? | Edward L. Widmer

    Is it Time for Iowa to Pass the Torch? | Edward L. Widmer

    Since the 1970s, Iowa has hosted the United States’ first primary contest for US presidential nominees, often with make-or-break consequences for the candidates. But the state has come under scrutiny for its relative lack of diversity, and calls are intensifying for it to give up its preeminent position.

    Edward L. Widmer is a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. Currently, he is a distinguished lecturer at the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York, and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

    • 27 min
    Disunited Kingdom | David Edgerton

    Disunited Kingdom | David Edgerton

    Will Brexit break up the United Kingdom? Historian David Edgerton says that the time has come to let go of the idea of a “British nation.”

    • 24 min
    The Middle East’s New Eruption | Narges Bajoghli & Vali Nasr

    The Middle East’s New Eruption | Narges Bajoghli & Vali Nasr

    Fears of an escalated conflict between the United States and Iran have quieted in the weeks since a US drone strike killed Qassem Suleimani, but the assassination’s long-term consequences remain the subject of heated speculation. What did US President Donald Trump overlook when he ordered the killing of Iran’s second-most powerful leader?

    • 27 min
    Disinfo Wars | Nina Khrushcheva

    Disinfo Wars | Nina Khrushcheva

    Why has disinformation been a central feature of US President Donald Trump’s administration, including its response to the threat of impeachment? Nina Khrushcheva joins our podcast to discuss that and much else.

    • 22 min
    America’s Impeachment Struggle | Noah Feldman

    America’s Impeachment Struggle | Noah Feldman

    Donald J. Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached. Whatever the impact on his prospects for re-election in 2020, the more important question is what long-term consequences impeachment will have for US democracy.

    • 29 min

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