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By Robert Skidelsky - Apr 27,2022
LONDON  —  Through persuasion, exhortation, legal processes, economic pressure and sometimes military force, American foreign policy asserts the United States’ view about how the world should be run.
By Robert Skidelsky - Mar 20,2022
LONDON  —  The West has imposed massive financial and economic sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. But are the sanctions supposed to be a way to end the war? Are they a means of punishing Russia for its bad behaviour?
By Robert Skidelsky - Feb 16,2022
LONDON  —  Before the start of the current Beijing Winter Olympics, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for an “Olympic Truce” to “build a culture of peace” through sport.
By Robert Skidelsky - Dec 18,2021
LONDON — In her dystopian 2003 novel “Oryx and Crake”, Margaret Atwood describes a pill called BlyssPluss that will make everyone happy and eliminate disease.
By Robert Skidelsky - Nov 17,2021
LONDON — The problem with quantitative easing (QE), quipped then-US Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke in 2014 about the Fed’s bond-buying program, “is it works in practice but it doesn’t work in theory”.
By Robert Skidelsky - Nov 03,2021
ATHENS — In his March budget, the United Kingdom’s chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, enlarged the mandate of the Bank of England to include supporting the government’s target of achieving net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.
By Robert Skidelsky - Sep 18,2021
LONDON — Amid all the talk of when and how to end or reverse quantitative easing (QE), one question is almost never discussed: Why have central banks’ massive doses of bond purchases in Europe and the United States since 2009 had so little effect on the general price level?Betwee
By Robert Skidelsky - Aug 23,2021
LONDON — The other day, my wife and I were leaving our apartment building. I pressed the button which automatically opens and shuts the door. Nothing happened. We could not leave the building, except perhaps by jumping through a window.
By Robert Skidelsky - Jun 19,2021
LONDON — US President Joe Biden has set out to emulate Franklin D. Roosevelt by spending huge amounts of money, something that FDR avoided doing until World War II.
By Robert Skidelsky - May 18,2021
LONDON — Since March 2020, the Bank of England (BoE) has bought £450 billion ($639 billion) of UK government debt through its so-called Asset Purchase Facility. Virtually all of this was new debt issued by the government since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

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