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  • 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.

  • Why ratifying the human rights convention is an issue in Malaysia

    A convention to end racial discrimination is stoking anger in Malaysia. But fears that the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) could have adverse consequences, may be ill-founded.

  • How can countries reduce poverty faster?

    Can the world end poverty by 2030, the target set by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development?

  • Why freedom of assembly still matters

    It is now common knowledge that many democracies around the world are under pressure. But mounting threats to a particularly important democratic right have not received nearly enough attention.

  • India's Deadly Air

    A friend of mine, a diplomat returning home after less than three years' service in India, was asked at his exit medical examination how many packs a day he smoked.

  • The digital divide is impeding development

    It is easy to assume that access to the digital economy is ubiquitous, and that online shopping is the natural evolution of commerce. For example, in July, Amazon sold more than 100 million products to consumers worldwide during its annual Prime Day event, a USD 4.2 billion bonanza that included sales of table salt in India, Coke Zero in Singapore, and toothbrushes in China.

  • People vs money in America's midterm elections

    All eyes are on the United States as November's Congressional elections approach. The outcome will answer many alarming questions raised two years ago, when Donald Trump won the presidential election.

  • The US-Saudi relationship after Khashoggi

    The alleged killing of the Saudi Arabian dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent resident of the United States, in the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul has unleashed a tidal wave of criticism.

  • India's dangerous Pakistan policy

    Judging by the unsavoury exchanges between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers at the recent United Nations General Assembly, the already deeply troubled bilateral relationship has reached a new low.

  • One hundred years of ineptitude

    The global financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 was the greatest economic stress-test since the Great Depression, and the greatest challenge to social and political systems since World War II.

  • Present at the destruction

    At The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly this month, there was a widespread sense of foreboding among world leaders. The anxiety went beyond standard concerns about what US President Donald Trump would say, do, or tweet.

  • Defending Democracy's Essence

    On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, affirming the view that “the will of the people”—democracy—should form the basis of any government.

  • Trump's Darkest Days

    This isn't a good time to be Donald J Trump. Granted, it's been a while since it was, but this is the grimmest period of his presidency thus far.

  • Journalism's Comeback

    After years of ill health, the news industry is finally showing signs of a modest recovery. According to the Digital News Report 2018—the most comprehensive survey of digital media consumption—subscriptions are trending up while consumer confidence has stabilised.

  • Trump's assault on refugees

    The decision by US President Donald Trump's administration to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has politicised humanitarian aid, threatens to add yet more fuel to one of the world's most combustible conflicts, and jeopardises the futures of a half-million Palestinian children and young people.

  • India should accept disaster assistance

    India's southern state of Kerala has been hit by the worst floods in nearly a century. Now that the floodwaters are receding, a peculiar debate has emerged over whether India should accept foreign aid to support reconstruction.

  • Europe's populist fifth column

    European security currently rests essentially on the Nato alliance and the principle of mutual defence, and on cooperation between national intelligence services working to prevent violence against people and national assets.

  • Sustaining Europe's security trio

    Despite the tensions generated by Brexit, the leaders of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have stood together in disputes between the European Union and the United States. If their unity can be sustained, Europe's “big three” (E3) will serve the EU very well in a tumultuous future.

  • The myth of 'secular stagnation'

    In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, some economists argued that the United States, and perhaps the global economy, was suffering from “secular stagnation,”