Project Syndicate | The Daily Star
  • 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.

  • Building a better post-Covid world

    In a matter of months, the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the world almost beyond recognition.

  • America’s Mis-Police State

    George Floyd’s death at the hands—and under the knee—of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has triggered a wave of peaceful protests and violent rioting in most major cities across the United States.

  • Preventing a Covid-19 food crisis

    Even before the pandemic, there were signs that global food prices could soon surge.

  • The Kerala Model

    As India’s 1.3 billion people struggle to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the country’s 28 states stands head and shoulders above the rest.

  • Toward a 2021 Tokyo Olympics

    With the global Covid-19 crisis quickly escalating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to accept a hard truth, rightly taking

  • Remembering the Forgotten Gandhi

    March 12 marked the 90th anniversary of one of the most momentous events in India’s nationalist struggle: the start of the Dandi March,

  • Will the Coronavirus Trigger a Global Recession?

    At the start of this year, things seemed to be looking up for the global economy.

  • Why Bernie?

    For the last 50 years, almost every US presidential election has brought a new swing of the national political pendulum. Richard Nixon’s shifty administration gave way, after Gerald Ford was in office long enough to pardon his former boss, to the choirboy Jimmy Carter.

  • Violence against women is blocking development

    The single highest barrier to development globally is neither hunger nor disease. It is gender-based discrimination and violence.

  • What’s at stake in Libya?

    The ongoing war in Libya is a microcosm of the tragedy that has gripped many Middle Eastern countries. If it is not resolved soon, the fighting in Libya could sow instability in neighbouring countries like Tunisia and Egypt, and trigger more waves of refugees fleeing to Europe.

  • Reform or Revolution

    The best-known modern revolutions have invariably been preceded by increasing polarisation and an inability to solve pressing social and economic problems.

  • Who Can Beat Trump?

    The US presidential election in November is the most consequential in modern history. Whether the increasingly authoritarian, vindictive, and dangerous Donald Trump wins another four years in power could define the US for a long time to come.

  • Pariah India

    After India launched far-reaching economic reforms in 1991, its stature in the world rose steadily.

  • Toward a New Iran Nuclear Deal

    When Iran anno-unced in January that it would further “reduce” its commitments under the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear activities, it was not responding to the United States’ assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader General Qassem Suleimani a few days earlier.

  • Europe lives on

    Paris – Brexit is a disaster for the United Kingdom. Given the risk that it will now lose Scotland and Northern Ireland to secession, the country seems to have accepted the idea of Great Britain turning back into “Little England.” Britain is that rare lion that chooses to become as small as a mouse.

  • The coronavirus and Xi Jinping’s worldview

    The coronavirus crisis represents the single biggest challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012. Individuals and families across China are living in fear.

  • Donald Caesar

    The outcome of the US Senate’s trial of Donald Trump, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives, was a foregone conclusion.

  • Building cooperation in an unsettled world

    The world is at a turning point, with power shifting and dispersing in ways that signal the emergence of a new multipolar era.

  • Has Davos Man Changed?

    This year marked the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum’s flagship meeting of the world’s business and political elites in Davos, Switzerland. Much has changed since my first Davos in 1995.

  • Will the coronavirus cause a major growth slowdown in China?

    The panic generated by the new coronavirus, 2019-nCov, which originated in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities and a major domestic transport hub, reminds many of the fear and uncertainty at the peak of the 2003 SARS crisis.

  • A Data Revolution for All

    Science has revolutionised medicine and agriculture over the last 100 years, particularly for the poorest of the poor. Achievements ranging from the treatment of hookworm to the green revolution attest to its power.

  • The truth about the Trump economy

    As the world’s business elites trek to Davos for their annual gathering, people should be asking a simple question: have they overcome their infatuation with US President Donald Trump?

  • Erdogan wades into the Libyan quagmire

    Foreign critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deride him as a quasi-dictatorial megalomaniac. But Erdogan—who was Turkey’s prime minister for 11 years before being elected president in 2014—is now a reckless gambler, too.