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Pierpaolo Barbieri

Pierpaolo Barbieri

Associate, Applied History Project

Former Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program, 2011–2013



By Program/Project


International Security

June 19, 2013

"Trans-Atlantic Trade and Its Discontents"

Op-Ed, The New York Times

By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

"...[N]ow there is a new trade horizon. At the Group of 8 summit meeting, official talks were launched for an E.U.-U.S. free-trade agreement....On the surface, this is good news for everyone. The collective interests of the world's first- and second-largest markets would be served by an agreement that would boost combined G.D.P. by almost 1 percent. There is great hope that cooperation would reduce unnecessary regulation on both sides of the Atlantic."



June 3, 2013

"The E.U.'s Feeble War on Unemployment"

Op-Ed, The New York Times

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

"Banking regulation may not be the most voter-friendly topic. Yet the reality is that the best way to create employment in the periphery is by ending the fragmentation of the financial system that continues to plague Europe. As long as Greek, Portuguese, Spanish or Italian entrepreneurs need to pay a premium of between 4 and 6 percent above what their German counterparts pay on bank loans, how can they possibly start new businesses?"



January 22, 2013

"Italian Yields Began to Fall as Soon as Berlusconi was Ousted"

Op-Ed, Financial Times, Letter to the Editor

By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

"To argue that 'Mr Monti promised reform and ended up raising taxes' is to grossly misunderstand an imperfect but positive labour reform, pension changes and progress on competitiveness, tax evasion and corruption."



November 20, 2012

"Don't Waste Draghi"


By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi's Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) gives the populists' opponents a new weapon: support while structural reform takes hold. As he implied on Thursday, purchases are rewards for the countries implementing good reforms. Conversely, the ECB can stop OMT if it judges national policies to be "deserving" of punitive rates. Draghi should not hesitate to use this power to preserve credibility: while monetary policy operates within democracy, it is not itself be democratic.



October 13, 2012

"Why Europe Deserved the Peace Prize"


By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

"With all its imperfections, Europe today is the largest single market in the world, featuring effective anti-trust regulations, curtailing economic nationalism, and promoting free trade agreements with counties as far away as Asia and Latin America. New potential members are eager to join, from booming Turkey to crisis-ridden Iceland. Despite all the talk of stalling, Turkish membership will eventually come to pass."



October 9, 2012

"En el Mundo, Pero Fuera de Él"

Op-Ed, El Pais

By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

"La radicalización económica de este tercer Gobierno kirchnerista ha redoblado el control estatista en materia de comercio exterior e industria, tratando de reemplazar la iniciativa privada con fuerza estatal."



August 24, 2012

"El Autoritarismo Económico en Argentina"

Op-Ed, El Pais

By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

El aislamiento no es sostenible. La libertad es más eficiente —y justa— que el estatalismo.



AP Photo

August 9, 2012

"A Lesson in Crony Capitalism"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

"As the U.S. gears up for an important presidential election, Argentina is a sad reminder of how crony capitalism is the enemy of genuine development."



AP Photo

May 31, 2012

"The Pain in Spain That Threatens the Eurozone"

Magazine or Newspaper Article,

By Tim Lister and Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

Pierpaolo Barbieri, Ernest May Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, says that "big, international banks like Santander and BVA are well diversified. Of the others, quite a few need capital — but how much? That's the unknown and Bankia has undermined faith in financial reporting."



AP Photo

May 23, 2012

"Greeks Prefer Europe to its Own Politicians"


By Pierpaolo Barbieri, Associate, Applied History Project

"From the perspective of Brussels and Berlin, maddening though Athens may be, there is no alternative but to double down on Greece — because a Greek exit would have huge ripple effects through all the Mediterranean economies (and their banking systems). More importantly, structural reform is still worth pursuing — opening up the professions, reforming the public sector, and liberalizing an economy that only benefits insiders are laudable goals."

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We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.