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  • How social protection can empower women

    To live in dignity, free from want, is a fundamental human right. Social protection is key to upholding that right, ensuring that people can escape poverty and insecurity. That is why social protection is at the centre of strategies for ending global poverty by 2030, the first of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But, if those strategies are to work, they must go further—especially with regard to women.

  • The case for climate tariffs

    As Australia heads toward a federal election on May 18, the national debate on cutting carbon dioxide emissions is heating up. Yet the discussion highlights the limits of what Australia or any other individual country can do to combat global warming.

  • Emerging risks for emerging economies

    Suddenly it seems that emerging-market economies have gained a respite. Capital flows to these economies dried up in the second half of last year as the US Federal Reserve raised its policy rate for five consecutive quarters and shrank its balance sheet.

  • A Life in Solidarity

    There are very few people whose death can mark the end of an era. Karol Modzelewski was one of them. A historian and founding member of the Polish trade union Solidarity, Modzelewski died on April 28 in a Warsaw hospital. Sadly, he leaves behind a country in the grips of a populist government whose accession to power might have been averted if his own earlier warnings had been heeded.

  • India’s new social media politics

    With India’s general election a few weeks away from its conclusion, a crucial question needs to be revisited: what role have social media played in them?

  • Algeria’s moment of truth

    To understand what is behind the mass protests in Algeria, it helps to remember that the country’s outgoing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, held that office for two decades, and served as foreign minister as far back as 1963, the year John F Kennedy was assassinated.

  • Data Protection is Social Protection

    In recent decades, social assistance programmes around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people, usually the poorest and most vulnerable.

  • Bad news for women

    Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking elected female politician in the history of the United States.

  • Trump's most worrisome legacy

    Kirstjen Nielsen's forced resignation as US Secretary of Homeland Security is no reason to celebrate. Yes, she presided over the forced separation of families at the US border, notoriously housing young children in wire cages.

  • The Transatlantic Continental Drift

    The Earth's continental plates broke apart and first began to shift hundreds of millions of years ago. But anyone visiting European

  • Spain

    Springtime for Nationalism?

    Is populism still on the rise? That question will be looming over elections in Israel, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Spain, and the European Union over the next two months. Yet it will be misplaced, for the real contest is between nationalism and internationalism.

  • The Mueller Bait and Switch

    The American people should have known that something was awry when President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, announced on Friday, March 22, that he had received special counsel Robert Mueller's report and would provide a summary of its findings to certain congressional leaders over the weekend.

  • Towards a new global charter

    In August 1941, even before the United States had entered World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D Roosevelt met secretly off the coast of Newfoundland to discuss how the world could be organised after the war.

  • 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