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Politics and Policy

Biden Should Go on Offense—Without Being Offensive

Yale leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and his co-author Steven Tian argue that President Joseph Biden has a strong record of economic accomplishment, and he should tout that at the first presidential debate rather than rely on populist attacks on big business.

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  • No, the Business Exodus from Russia Was Not a Bonanza for Putin

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian, with Tymofiy Mylovanov and Nataliia Shapoval of the Kyiv School of Economics, respond to a New York Times articles on the effect of the boycott.

    A former McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, with a different logo on otherwise similar food and packaging
  • The FTC’s Antitrust Overreach Is Hurting U.S. Competitiveness and Destroying Value

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that FTC chair Lina Khan’s attempts to block mergers are draining economic value—and consistently failing in court.

    Lina Kahn testifying
  • Dialogue About the Middle East Is Possible—Indeed, It’s the Only Way to Peace

    A recent event held at Yale showed that discussions among Israelis, Arabs, and other concerned parties can help bring out points of commonality that may be the first steps on a path toward peace, argue Yale’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian.

    Photo of the Middle East Peace Summit
  • Saying ‘Yes’ to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

    A lack of affordable housing is exacerbating homelessness and hobbling economic competitiveness, yet efforts to build new housing regularly meet NIMBY pushback. Three Yale SOM alumni tackle the tough challenge of getting to yes.

    An overhead view of housing under construction
  • U.S. Government Regulators May Be Favoring Their Future Private-Sector Employers

    How does the “revolving door” between government and industry benefit firms? A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Ivana Katic finds that firms see a smoother regulatory process in the months before they hire a former regulator, suggesting that they may find favor via the promise of future employment.

    A person pushing through a revolving door decorated with the American flag and dollar signs
  • 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