Opinion

August 14, 2021
August 14, 2021

A Dangerous New Variant of Populism

Most of the “geopolitical” threats, real or confected, that capture headlines in the West nowadays are exogenous—emanating from China, Russia, Iran, and so forth. But others lie within the world’s...

August 13, 2021
August 13, 2021

Investing in global vaccine equity acknowledges our shared fate

The extraordinary global effort to develop safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines in record time highlights the power of vaccines to bring us closer to our loved ones and to a more prosperous,

August 5, 2021
August 5, 2021

Helping the poor to survive lockdown

Even as rich countries begin to glimpse the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, developing countries are still struggling to contain Covid-19. But there are important lessons from the past...

August 1, 2021
August 1, 2021

A US-Russia deal on Afghanistan?

During their June 16 Geneva summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly offered US President Joe Biden the use of Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in order to coordinate...

July 31, 2021
July 31, 2021

How to strengthen anti-poverty efforts

From 1990 to 2019, the number of people living in extreme poverty (according to the World Bank threshold of USD 1.90 per day) plummeted, from 1.9 billion to 648 million. Covid-19 has reversed much...

July 16, 2021
July 16, 2021

The Global Food System Isn’t Working

The year 2020 was unforgettable for all of us, and tragic for many. No one had imagined that a lethal virus originating in horseshoe bats could spread so fast and upend our lives so thoroughly.

July 13, 2021
July 13, 2021

The pandemic threat to female leadership

One in four. That’s the proportion of American women who are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce due to the impact of Covid-19.

July 1, 2021
July 1, 2021

Pandemics and Political Performance

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a laboratory for testing different governance systems in the face of a public-health crisis, ultimately revealing massive variance in country performance.

June 25, 2021
June 25, 2021

The G7 Vaccine Charade

In a recent essay on Samantha Power, President Joe Biden’s new administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times writes, correctly,

June 18, 2021
June 18, 2021

Herd immunity is closer than you think

When will the world have vaccinated 80 percent of all adults (the level presumed by scientists to produce herd immunity against Covid-19)? Most people’s answer is 2023 or 2024, which suggests deep...