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  • When shall we overcome?

    In 1967, riots erupted in cities throughout the United States, from Newark, New Jersey, to Detroit and Minneapolis in the Midwest—all two years after the Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles exploded in violence. In response, President Lyndon B Johnson appointed a commission, headed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, to investigate the causes and propose measures to address them.

  • Education in the Digital Age

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution stands out from its predecessors in a critical way: rather than making it easier for humans to use their surroundings more effectively for their own benefit, technology is displacing humans in the workplace. The question is who will benefit now.

  • Bibi's Faustian bargain

    On February 13, after an investigation that began in 2016, the Israeli police recommended charges against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. Now, the spotlight is on Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who must decide whether to issue a formal indictment against a man who has become virtually synonymous with modern Israeli politics.

  • Prisoners of the American Dream

    To many observers, US Republicans' recent passage of a sweeping tax bill was out of step with the country's needs. With inequality

  • The sexual harassment reckoning

    Deeds, not words!” Britain's suffragettes shouted, as they fought for—and won—the right to vote 100 years ago. Today, that call to arms seems more apt than ever. For all the advances that women have made in the last century, the tendency to pay lip service to women's rights and dignity, without doing what is necessary truly to protect them, is more obvious than ever.

  • The power of dialogue in a disrupted world

    Closing the divides in our fractured world will require collaboration among many stakeholders.

  • Donald Trump is playing to lose

    America certainly has a different kind of president than what it is used to. What distinguishes Donald Trump from his predecessors is not just his temperament and generalised ignorance, but also his approach to policymaking.

  • Human nutrition

    Putting nutrition back on the menu

    Human nutrition is of increasing importance to science.

  • The Point of Sharp Power

    Despite these immense investments, however, observers—including Nye himself — have scratched their heads, wondering why these authoritarian regimes continue to suffer a deep soft-power deficit, even as they have grown more assertive internationally.

  • Post-Davos Depression

    I have been attending the World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, where the so-called global elite convenes to discuss the world's problems, since 1995.

  • Social media's junkies and dealers

    We were warned.

  • A year of successes in global health

    In the field of human development, the year that just ended was better than many predicted it would be.

  • Securing the digital transition

    Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes a Global Risks Report, which distills the views of experts and policymakers from around the world.

  • Asia's central banks should prepare to raise interest rates

    Financial markets around Asia are preparing for a Goldilocks economy in 2018—not too hot, not too cold, with strong growth and stable prices.

  • Can fake news be outlawed?

    How can societies combat the stream of false, often fabricated information that surges across the Internet and through social media,

  • While Germany Slept

    Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds.

  • India's lost fisherfolk

    Last month, a devastating cyclone swept the southern tip of India, causing immense damage to parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Lakshadweep.

  • The best hope for the Iranian people

    One of the most extraord-inary things about the current protests in Iran—the largest since the Green Movement in 2009—is that the very people that they are directed against may well have been the people who started them.

  • Breaking Bannon

    The just-released book about Donald Trump and his dysfunctional presidency (Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House) has left much of Washington reeling.

  • The roots of western tribalism

    “It seemed that, in time, all the substance from one image would flow into the other and only one would remain: Leo. He must grow, I must disappear.”

  • The US Donor Relief Act of 2017

    Never has a piece of legislation labelled as both a tax cut and a reform been received with as much disapproval and derision as the bill passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas.

  • Why low inflation is no surprise

    The fact that inflation has remained stubbornly low across the global North has come as a surprise to many economic observers.

  • The Trumping of Asia

    In the last year, the single most pointless wound inflicted by the US on Asia, not to mention itself, was its abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In one fell swoop, the once great free-trading nation that was the United States of America died, leaving the global trading system utterly rudderless.

  • The global economy's risky recovery

    A year ago, I predicted that the most distinctive aspect of 2017 would be uncertainty, fueled by, among other things, Donald Trump's election as president in the United States and the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union.

  • Misery loves inflation targeters' company

    The United States, Europe, and Japan are all making positive economic strides. In the US, the unemployment rate is falling, and now stands at just over four percent.

  • Monetary policy normalisation in Europe

    When the European Central Bank's Governing Council met on December 14, there was little to surprise financial markets, because no policy changes could be gleaned from public remarks.

  • Preventing the next African famine

    After falling for more than a decade, the number of hungry people in the world is rising once again. This year was marked by the worst global food crisis since World War II, with South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria either experiencing famine or teetering on the brink.

  • The Pandora's box of the digital age

    Is the world sliding dangerously toward cyber Armageddon? Let us hope not; but let us also apprehend the threat, and focus on what to do about it.

  • Seeing through big tobacco's smokescreen

    We all know how bad tobacco is, that it kills millions of people every year, and that it harms many more. We also know that tobacco

  • Can Europe Sustain the Macron Moment?

    At the start of 2017, many feared that the European project would experience a near-breakdown within the next year.