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  • Journalism's risky tech attraction

    Journalism's risky tech attraction

    Technology was supposed to solve some of the world's biggest problems.

  • India's China Problem in Pakistan

    India's China Problem in Pakistan

    One can only hope that the latest tensions between India and Pakistan, which erupted after a terrorist attack last month killed over 40

  • Migration Myths vs Economic Facts

    Migration Myths vs Economic Facts

    On December 19, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular

  • US Vice President, Mike Pence

    The Accidental Atlanticist

    Two Americas were represented by two different vice presidents at the Munich Security Conference this year. Between them, former Vice President Joseph Biden certainly received the warmer reception, but Vice President Mike Pence may have unwittingly emerged as the saviour of transatlantic relations.

  • What's left of the populist left?

    As Venezuela's crisis deepens, conservatives in the United States and elsewhere are gleefully pointing to the disaster of Chavismo to warn of the dangers of “socialism.” And, with Spain's left-wing Podemos party apparently splitting and Greece's Syriza steadily losing popularity since 2015, even impartial observers might conclude that the “pink tide” of left populism is nearing a low ebb.

  • Showdown in Munich

    It was at the 2007 Munich Security Conference that Russian President Vladimir Putin first signalled a cooling of Russian-Western relations.

  • Should America ever apologise?

    Earlier this month, academics at the American University in Cairo declared no confidence in the institution's president, following his decision to grant US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an uncontested platform for a partisan foreign-policy speech last month.

  • How can we tax footloose multinationals?

    In the last few years, globalisation has come under renewed attack. Some of the criticisms may be misplaced, but one is spot on: globalisation has enabled large multinationals, like Apple, Google, and Starbucks, to avoid paying tax.

  • India's vote-buying budget

    One sign that an Indian general election is imminent, and that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is readying its campaign pitch, is the government's final pre-election budget.

  • Regulating speech in the new public square

    Today, debates about public issues play out on social media, people receive their news via digital platforms, and politicians pitch their policies using these same media. The Internet is our new public square.

  • Lessons of East Asia's human-capital development

    Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education does not just enable individuals to improve their lot in life; it enriches an economy's human capital, which is vital to prosperity and social progress.

  • Nancy Pelosi's Great Wall of Resistance

    Whoever explained to then-President-elect Donald Trump what it meant to be president—if anyone did—neglected to tell him that on occasion a president loses a policy fight.

  • How Europe's populists can win by losing

    Will the European Parliament elections this May result in a political revolution? Populist and nationalist parties certainly hope so.

  • Brexit demands a new British politics

    The populist revolts in the United States and the United Kingdom have each reached a critical juncture. At the start of his third year in office, US President Donald Trump presided over the longest federal government shutdown in history.

  • How globalisation killed our mother

    The worldwide network that facilitates transnational organised crime and corruption is, tragically, one of globalisation's most enduring success stories.

  • Trump, Macron, and the poverty of liberalism

    No Western liberal would disagree that Donald Trump's election was a disaster for American society, while that of Emmanuel Macron was a triumph for French society. In fact, the opposite may well be true, as heretical as that sounds.

  • The Think-Tank Dilemma

    The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC—perhaps the world's top think tank—is under scrutiny for receiving six-figure donations from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, which

  • Shelter from the storm in 2019

    What would have to happen for this to be a tranquil year economically, financially, and politically? Answer: a short list of threats to stability would have to be averted.

  • The leader the World Bank needs

    Jim Yong Kim's sudden resignation as president of the World Bank Group (WBG) offers an opportunity to reflect on the direction, legitimacy, and effectiveness of that 75-year-old institution. Like other multilateral institutions,

  • Selling Africa's good news stories

    Anywhere in the world, freelance journalism is an extreme career choice. The job requires withstanding pitch rejections, ignored

  • From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

    It's old news that large segments of society have become deeply unhappy with what they see as “the establishment”, especially the political class. The “Yellow Vest” protests in France, triggered by President Emmanuel Macron's move to hike fuel taxes in the name of combating climate change, are but the latest example of the scale of this alienation.

  • A Year to Act

    Let us hope that 2019 is the year when the historical tide turns. In 2018, divisions within and between countries continued to deepen. And while geopolitical tensions and political tribalism have transformed international relations and national politics, new technologies are upending long-held assumptions about security, politics, and economics. Complicating matters further is the growing interdependence of our societies. We are all increasingly subject to forces beyond the control of any one country, city, or individual, not least when it comes to climate change.

  • Regulating the disrupters

    Nobel laureate in Economics (2014) explores how leading tech-giants have become the guards of the modern economy and how this impacts our future

  • The new old populism

    For the better part of a century, populism was widely regarded as a distinctly Latin American phenomenon, a recurring political plague on countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela. In the last few years, however, populism has gone global, upending the politics of countries as diverse as Hungary, Italy, the Philippines, and the United States.

  • How democracy is won

    It is perhaps indicative of our times that the peaceful transition of power by means of a democratic election is a candidate for “Disruption of the Year”. The outcome of the Malaysian general election in May was the hopeful outlier to a global trend toward populist nationalism, engineered through fear of refugees, migrants, and the “other”.

  • Doing business in the great disruption

    How should companies respond to the Great Disruption? When surveying the global backlash against the economic and political status quo, they must recognise that it is in part directed at them. Populists and nationalists see business, or at least “big business”, as part of the problem. Understanding the forces behind the Great Disruption, then, will be critical for companies hoping to survive and thrive in 2019 and beyond.

  • Reviving civil disobedience

    With populism and authoritarianism on the rise around the world, there has been considerable talk of “resistance,” especially in the

  • The political roots of falling wage growth

    It's now official: workers around the world are falling behind. The International Labor Organization's (ILO) latest Global Wage Report finds that, excluding China, real (inflation-adjusted) wages grew at an annual rate of just 1.1 percent in 2017, down from 1.8 percent in 2016. That is the slowest pace since 2008.

  • Beyond GDP

    Just under 10 years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report “Mismeasuring Our Lives

  • Mark Zuckerberg has lost control of Facebook

    When Mark Zuck-erberg, the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Facebook, appeared before the European Parliament in May, I suggested to him that he had lost control of his company.