Friday, May 22, 2015
  1. World Affairs

    Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap

    Adeel Malik, ET AL
    World Affairs

    Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap

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    &  explain why economic cooperation will be necessary for political stability in the region.

    Violence in Syria Karam Almasri/ZumaPress

    The Arab world and its neighbors are stuck in a violence trap. Indeed, by redrawing the region’s economic boundaries, the latest wave of violence has brought about a veritable trade shock, the true scale and significance of which has largely gone unnoticed. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    A World of Underinvestment

    Michael Spence
    Economics

    A World of Underinvestment

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     calls for international cooperation to boost investment in struggling post-crisis economies.

    underinvestment Luca Bruno/Flickr

    After World War II, policymakers recognized that deleveraging depended on nominal economic growth, which in turn depended on a global recovery. Like them, today’s policymakers should use – and even stretch – their balance sheets for investment, while opening themselves up to international trade. READ MORE

  3. Focal Points

    Skidelsky and Ferguson Debate Austerity

    Focal Points

    Skidelsky and Ferguson Debate Austerity

    Robert Skidelsky and Niall Ferguson The Aspen Institute/Wikimedia Commons

    Ever since Britain’s Conservative government took office in 2010, Keynesian advocates of government stimulus have heaped scorn on Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s strategy of fiscal consolidation. As Lord Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, and Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University, amply demonstrate, the argument over whether Osborne’s policies have succeeded remains heated. READ MORE

  4. Politics

    Staying the Course in Europe’s East

    Carl Bildt
    Politics

    Staying the Course in Europe’s East

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     explains why the EU’s Riga summit must reaffirm the Eastern Partnership initiative.

    Petro Poroshenko, Federica Mogherini Igor Golovniov/ZumaPress

    The EU summit in Riga with the “Eastern Partnership” countries recalls the dramatic Vilnius meeting in November 2013, where Ukraine’s president, under heavy Russian pressure, refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Russia’s behavior since then has made the Eastern Partnership more important than ever. READ MORE

  5. Global Health & Development

    Smart Development Targets

    Bjørn Lomborg
    Global Health & Development

    Smart Development Targets

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     sees 19 goals – from reducing TB to protecting coral reefs – that offer the best value for money.

    British Columbia bcgov/Flickr

    Over the next 15 years, the international community will spend $2.5 trillion on development, with national budgets contributing countless trillions more. Nineteen targets identified by the Copenhagen Consensus can help the world’s governments to concentrate on key priorities. READ MORE

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