Project Syndicate | The Daily Star
  • The fight for women’s rights beyond #MeToo

    For most people, the #MeToo movement has become synonymous with campaigns against sexual harassment.

  • How to tackle vulnerable countries’ triple crisis

    The year 2020 changed everything. The world now faces interconnected health, economic, and climate crises that have no historical parallel. These converging threats affect everyone, but are especially devastating for vulnerable developing countries.

  • Saving US democracy from Corporate America

    The insurgency that overran the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, just as Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, was a wake-up call for business in America. And yet, most sectors and companies have looked the other way.

  • Helping premature babies survive

    Preterm birth compli-cations are the leading cause of death globally for children under five. Of the 15 million babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy every year, approximately one million will die.

  • Globalising the Covid Vaccine

    The development and approval of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines less than a year after the start of the pandemic is a truly remarkable achievement, offering hope that the end of this devastating crisis may be in sight.

  • How Biden can restore multilateralism unilaterally

    There is so much to celebrate with the new year. The arrival of safe, effective Covid-19 vaccines means that there is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel (though the next few months will be horrific). Equally important, America’s mendacious, incompetent, mean-spirited president will be replaced by his polar opposite: a man of decency, honesty, and professionalism.

  • Who’s Afraid of MMT?

    As anyone who has ever been responsible for legislative oversight of central bankers knows, they do not like to have their authority challenged.

  • How to Make Climate Pledges Stick

    China’s pledge in September to pursue carbon neutrality by 2060 was followed by a similar pledge from Japan a month later.

  • The Brussels Effect comes for Big Tech

    The European Commission has just unveiled landmark regulations for the digital economy, setting yet another global standard.

  • America’s captured courts

    Any objective observer of the American political system must wonder why, when the United States confronts the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll and a ravaged economy, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will do nothing but confirm outgoing President Donald Trump’s appointees to the federal judiciary. It’s strange behaviour.

  • Protecting child workers during the pandemic

    It is already apparent that the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will be uneven, with poorer countries bearing the brunt of the fallout.

  • Investing in a feminist peace

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, public life in much of the world has largely ground to a halt. For the two billion people living in conflict-affected countries, however, there has been no lull in violence and upheaval.

  • Slow death or new direction for the UN?

    For much of its life, the United Nations has hidden behind the comfortable maxim that “If we didn’t have it, we would have to invent it.” Now at the venerable age of 75 (old enough to have been a 2020 US presidential candidate), the organisation still enjoys widespread approval in global opinion polls.

  • The Global South’s Pandemic Path to Self-Reliance

    Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact on public health and to rattle the global economy with structural shocks.

  • Truth and De-Trumpification

    Among Democrats and many Republicans, there is a great temptation to dismiss US President Donald Trump’s administration as a bizarre aberration.

  • India’s Silenced Parliament

    After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may be unable to hold the country’s failing government to account.

  • How to save nine million children

    Last year, a child died of pneumonia every 39 seconds, on average. A form of acute respiratory infection, pneumonia is detectable, treatable and preventable.

  • Can vaccines be allocated on antiracist terms?

    A safe and effective vaccine could play a significant role in mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, even if such a vaccine is found, it is highly unlikely that a sufficient number of doses could be produced in the next 2-3 years to ensure equitable access for everyone. So, when a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available, who should get it first?

  • Epidemics, economics, and externalities

    Covid-19 and its collateral damage continue to leave a trail of devastation around the world. Millions of businesses have closed, with many having no realistic prospect of reopening.

  • Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty

    Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis—global poverty—with even a fraction of these resources?

  • The preventable trauma of Covid-19 childbirth

    “The baby is dead. We can’t assist you here.” By the time she heard these devastating words, the pregnant Yasmelis Casanova had endured a long and painful journey, passing through multiple Covid-19 checkpoints, to the hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. She bled for hours without treatment.

  • How cash transfers prevent lockdown tragedies

    In 2017, I was a candidate to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization. At the 70th World Health Assembly, I stood before health ministers from around the world and warned that three things could destroy the planet: a celestial event, a third world war, or a pandemic.

  • Whose India?

    As India prepares to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of its independence on August 15, a growing number of Indians are coming to believe that the battle to preserve the essence of the country born in 1947 is already lost. Many commentators have concluded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has already, in effect, inaugurated a “second republic” by upending the key assumptions of the first.

  • A Covid-19 bridge over troubled water?

    The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to transform our behaviours, attitudes and policies in many areas. For the sake of overcoming the public health crisis and enabling economic recovery, one must hope that water and wastewater management will be among them.

  • India’s China strategy is changing

    After last month’s clash in the Ladakh region’s Galwan Valley killed 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops, the two countries are settling in for a prolonged standoff on their disputed Himalayan frontier, even amid reports of a disengagement at the site of their recent clash.

  • Europe Rescues Itself

    After four days and nights of tough negotiations and many painful compromises, European leaders have reached a deal on a groundbreaking 750 billion euro (USD 868 billion) recovery fund.

  • Trump’s Ancient Ballot Lie

    As the United States heads toward its most significant and contentious presidential election in a very long time, there is much talk about voting by mail.

  • Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Five years ago this week in Vienna, the P5+1 (the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  • Building Forward with Digital Agriculture

    The Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping societies around the world, in part by accelerating the digital revolution that was already underway at the beginning of the year.

  • Firm Priorities for Fragile States

    No country has been spared the impact of Covid-19. But some—the world’s most “fragile states”—face a particularly difficult set of challenges.