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Faculty Viewpoints

  • To Prevent a Wider War in the Middle East, Choke Off Iran’s Oil Sales

    Through its proxies, Iran is making aggressive moves against Israel and the U.S. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that the U.S. has an option for effective deterrence: cutting off Iran’s oil revenue by strengthening sanctions and imposing a price cap.

    A series of oil pipelines, with oil tanks in the distance
  • How Peace and Prosperity in the Middle East Can Still Be Reached

    Paradoxically, the invasion of Israel could could help accelerate progress toward regional peace, write Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, diplomat Dennis Ross, and investor Adam Boehler, former CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

    A satellite image of the eastern Mediterranean
  • The Russian Oil Price Cap Can Work Again

    With oil prices rising, Russia is finding ways around the price cap set earlier this year. But Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, who advised on its implementation, writes that with rapid adjustments, the program can continue to hobble Vladimir Putin’s war effort.

    Oil pumps silhouetted against a sunset
  • The Budget Deal Is a Tragedy for Ukraine

    With hours to go before a government shutdown, Congress passed a short-term spending bill—but the deal came at the cost of aid for Ukraine. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that even if a separate funding bill eventually passes, the move weakens the coalition against Russia.

    Abrams tanks
  • What Awaits Ukraine Once the War Ends? Prosperity, For One Thing

    Once freed from Russian aggression, Ukraine will thrive, argues Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.

    Prof. Sonnenfeld visits students at the Kyiv School of Economics
  • Forms of Wisdom: Lessons from Public Health Entrepreneurs

    Four women who are using entrepreneurial tools to achieve public health goals visited Teresa Chahine’s podcast, Impact & Innovation, where they told their stories and shared what they’ve learned about connecting with a community to make a difference.

    Ashlee Wisdom speaking in Teresa Chahine’s class
  • The Conversations on an Anonymous Economics Forum Are Troubling—and Elite Schools Are Part of the Problem

    Yale SOM’s Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and Kyle Jensen and their former colleague Florian Ederer presented a study showing that anonymous racist and sexist posts on the popular Economics Job Market Rumors website were coming from top universities.

    An illustration of a person wearing a mortar board sitting in front of a computer in the dark
  • What I Learned Debating Vivek Ramaswamy

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, who has tangled on cable news with the entrepreneur turned GOP candidate, says the key is to avoid following him down diversionary rabbit holes.

    Vivek Ramaswamy and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box in October 2022.
  • Reinventing the Way We Work—Again

    The pandemic changed where we work and how we work, how we think about the place of work in our lives and vice versa—all against a backdrop of rapid technological change, economic upheaval, and a reckoning with racism. We talked with Yale SOM's Heidi Brooks about how to have necessary conversations about a new experience of work.

    An illustration of shapes trying to get into an office through holes that are don't match
  • Video: Dating, Marriage, Parenting, and the Gender Wage Gap

    Women earn 79 cents for every dollar that men make. But look beyond that widely cited statistic, and you’ll find a complex story of causes, effects, and correlations. Prof. Mushfiq Mobarak surveys the literature on the subject and argues that, to close the gap, we need to address society’s differing expectations around who bears the burden of family and parenting responsibilities.

    An illustration of a woman thinking about earnings and family