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Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and editor and founder of the New Silk Road Monitor. He writes broadly on global geo-economic and geopolitical issues, and his writing has appeared in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg View, Institutional Investor, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and many academic and specialty publications. He is also a former Dubai-based correspondent with Reuters and an analyst at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

Articles By Afshin Molavi

Fall of Kabul: Like Trump, Biden Has an ‘America First’ Streak. It Led to the Disaster in Afghanistan By Afshin Molavi - Aug 25, 2021

There is an oft-quoted statement from a Taliban fighter: “You Americans have the watches, but we have the time.” Many are resurrecting that quote amid an unfolding disaster in Afghanistan precipitated by a hasty, poorly planned and strategically myopic withdrawal of US forces by Joe Biden. It was as if the president was looking down, … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Like Trump, Biden Has an ‘America First’ Streak. It Led to the Disaster in Afghanistan”

Global Economic Recovery Should Top Biden’s ‘America is Back’ Agenda By Afshin Molavi - Jan 19, 2021

“Everyone has a plan,” the celebrated American boxer Mike Tyson once famously quipped. “Until you get punched in the face,” he continued. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a massive punch to our world, leaving nearly 2 million dead, some 500 million jobless and a devastating toll of rising poverty, business bankruptcy and social unrest. It’s … Continue reading “Global Economic Recovery Should Top Biden’s ‘America is Back’ Agenda”

Covid Vaccine Distribution Must Not Deepen the Divide Between the Global ‘North’ and ‘South’ By Afshin Molavi - Dec 17, 2020

The race for multiple Covid-19 vaccines seems to be nearing the finish line, but there is no time for a victory lap: the new race will be to vaccinate our world. Speed, it seems, is the new oil, and the pharmaceutical companies that raced for a vaccine demonstrated both hyper-speed, impressive collaboration and extraordinary competence. … Continue reading “Covid Vaccine Distribution Must Not Deepen the Divide Between the Global ‘North’ and ‘South’”

Does Covid-19 Mean the End of Urbanization? By Afshin Molavi - Jul 29, 2020

At the dawn of the 20th century, the five largest cities of the world told a story of Western economic dominance and embodied an even bigger phenomenon: the rise of urbanization. The Industrial Revolution of the preceding century, coupled with rapidly growing trade and European colonization, brought considerable wealth to the United States, Britain, France … Continue reading “Does Covid-19 Mean the End of Urbanization?”

In Fighting Covid-19, Examples from the UAE Show Why Functioning Globalized Networks Are Important By Afshin Molavi - Apr 30, 2020

Imagine you are a US state governor or senior public health official amid the Covid-19 pandemic. You are short on masks, on testing equipment, on protective equipment and the president has encouraged you to compete for goods on the open market. What do you do? You begin looking outside US borders. You look at the … Continue reading “In Fighting Covid-19, Examples from the UAE Show Why Functioning Globalized Networks Are Important”