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Patrick Sharma

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The Four Most Important Tasks for the World Bank's Next President

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:46 PM

The international development community is abuzz over President Obama's recent decision to nominate Dr. Jim Yong Kim -- infectious disease specialist, co-founder of the Boston-based nonprofit Partners in Health, and current president of Dartmouth College -- to succeed Robert Zoellick as president of the World Bank this June. Yet it...

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Fixing the World Bank

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 7:45 PM

With the economy still struggling and campaign season heating up, it is not surprising that the World Bank is far from most people's minds. But President Obama's surprising choice to tap Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim as the Bank's next president is an important one, for it has...

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Choosing the Next President of the World Bank

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Robert Zoellick's recent announcement that he will step down as president of the World Bank in June has cast new light on an old problem: who should lead the Bank and how should he or she be chosen?

Since their birth at the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944,...

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Can We Focus on Unemployment Now?

(18) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 8:09 PM

Although the debt ceiling imbroglio is finally behind us, hard times are ahead. Having avoided a potentially catastrophic default on the national debt, Washington has set the economy up for a painful few years, and without a major change of course, we can expect to see higher unemployment and slower...

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Is Republican Posturing Over the Debt Ceiling Increasing Our National Debt?

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 5:37 PM

One of the most important, yet least acknowledged, aspects of the debt ceiling drama currently gripping Washington is the fact that Republican stubbornness is increasing our national debt. Rather than placing the country on a sound fiscal footing, the GOP's ongoing refusal to raise the debt ceiling has worsened our...

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America's New Fundamentalist Threat

(11) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 10:54 AM

It's been over two months since Osama bin Laden's death, and, with incidents of terrorism on a steady decline over the past few years, it seems that we're living in a more peaceful world. But while Americans are right to feel good about their national security, they should be worried...

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The GOP's Disastrous Debt Ceiling Game

(24) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 9:41 PM

With about a month to go before the U.S. government begins defaulting on its debt, negotiations over raising the national debt ceiling have reached a critical juncture. But instead of working with President Obama to craft a solution to the nation's fiscal problems, congressional Republicans have chosen to

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What Would the Founding Fathers Say About the Debt Ceiling?

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 12:11 PM

In threatening to prevent an increase in the nation's debt ceiling, congressional Republicans have argued that they are upholding traditional principles of fiscal conservatism. According to some, the United States' debt burden is unsustainable, and only by prohibiting the Treasury Department from greater borrowing will the government be forced to...

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Farm Subsidies: A Useful Sacrifice in the Budget Debate

(69) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 3:27 PM

Amid continuing debates over how to reduce the federal deficit, recent proposals to cut farm subsidies present an important opportunity to bridge partisan divides. By reforming our antiquated farm support system, Congress can exercise some much-needed fiscal discipline and give the country an agricultural policy for the 21st century. Doing...

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