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  • 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.

  • Putting a Price on Soil

    Last month, on December 5, the world marked World Soil Day. The theme of the day—“Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future”

  • Dystopia is Arriving in Stages

    It is commonly believed that the future of humanity will one day be threatened by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), perhaps embodied in malevolent robots.

  • Make Europe Relevant Again

    It is increasingly clear that the European Union was not built to be a global actor.

  • There is more to life than the GDP

    "Not every-thing that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

  • Developing countries must seize the tech frontier

    Rapid technological transformation will be a key feature of the economy well into the future. At the national, regional, and global level, frontier technologies are offering promising new opportunities, but are also introducing new policy challenges.

  • Can the world order catch up with the world?

    The world turned a corner in 2019. The problem is that the world order didn’t turn with it. This disconnect could have disastrous consequences. The biggest global change has been the start of the “Asian century”.

  • Toward a New Social Contract

    Every society rests on a web of norms, institutions, policies, laws, and commitments to those in need of support.

  • The Other Side of Growth

    One of the most worrying news stories of 2019 did not receive the coverage one might expect from media outlets in the United States or Europe. But the economic slowdown in China, and the potentially steep deceleration in growth in India, will most likely receive considerably more attention in 2020.

  • Three New Year’s Wishes for Britain and the EU

    The end of the year is a time for closure and new beginnings. As 2019 winds down, that is certainly the case with Brexit. Following the victory of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Tories in the general election this month, it is now clear that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on January 31, 2020.

  • Argentina’s bright young hope

    Judging by his appointment of a first-rate economist to his cabinet as Minister of Economy, Argentina’s new president, Alberto Fernández, is off to a good start in confronting his country’s economic problems.

  • How to revive the WTO

    December 11, 2019, was the 18th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. It also marks the start of an era in which the WTO no longer has a functioning appellate body to adjudicate trade disputes among member countries. Why is the WTO imploding, and can it be resuscitated before it’s too late?

  • If wealth is justified, so is a wealth tax

    Economic inequality has moved to the top of the political agenda in many countries, including free-market poster children like the United States and the United Kingdom.

  • Is Growth Passé?

    It’s clear: we are living beyond our planet’s limits. Unless we change something, the consequences will be dire. Should that something be our exclusive focus on economic growth?

  • The AI frontier of economic theory

    Until recently, two big impediments limited what research economists could learn about the world with the powerful methods

  • Can Iran outlast Trump?

    Since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, Iran’s economic output has dropped significantly.

  • The EU must recognise Palestine

    The United States may have just obliterated any remaining hope for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law defies a longstanding global consensus. The rest of the world must push back.

  • East Asia’s political vulnerability

    Popular discontent is fuelling protest and paralysis across Latin America. If East Asia isn’t careful, it could be next.

  • Sri Lanka Elections: Can the new president turn things around?

    As Sri Lanka makes another crucial political transition, it faces a major risk of macroeconomic instability. Minimising that risk will depend, above all, on whether the country’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, can defy his reputation and embrace inclusive politics.

  • Global trade’s bright (green) future

    Most discussions of trade nowadays inevitably feature the words “war,” “tariff,” or “Trump.” But look beyond the headlines and you will see the foundations of a more collaborative, healthy, and sustainable world trade system emerging.

  • Corporate citizens must become global catalysts

    By September this year, 183 corporate CEOs signed on to a statement affirming their commitment to move beyond the “shareholder first” mantra to account for the interests of all stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers, and communities.

  • New Hope for Indian Unity

    After eight years of deliberations, India’s Supreme Court has issued a verdict that settles one of the most protracted inter-religious conflicts in the country’s turbulent history. The Court’s decision couldn’t have come at a better time.

  • The Impeachment Blues

    The most dismaying thing about the impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump is that they are falling so short of the constitutional gravamen of the issue.

  • The Hardening of Soft Power

    International-relations theorists generally distinguish between soft and hard power. Soft power refers to the exercise of political influence through flexible,

  • The end of neoliberalism and the rebirth of history

    At the end of the Cold War, political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote a celebrated essay called “The End of History?”

  • Anti-globalisation bias and public policy

    Oppone-nts of globa-lisation constantly point to the uneven impact of open trade. Although trade liberalisation can make the overall economic pie bigger, not everyone gets a larger slice

  • Is Trump right about Middle-East peace?

    By with-drawing American troops from northern Syria, US President Donald Trump has once again signalled that his administration recognises only two national interests in the Middle East: containment of Iran and Israel’s security.

  • The battle of the fading hegemons

    Almost a decade ago, China bulls like Martin Jacques and I predicted the rise of the People’s Republic at the expense of a declining United States. Today, with the two superpowers unabashedly jostling for hegemony—their trade war being just one sign of this—it is time for a fresh assessment.