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  • 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.

  • 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.