Tuesday, December 1, 2015
  1. Terrorists and the Refugee Battleground

    John Shattuck

    Terrorists and the Refugee Battleground


     implores the US and Europe to accept asylum-seekers from Syria as part of the fight against terror.

    Refugee family from Syria World-Bank-Photo-Collection/Flickr

    The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris in November, which injected the group’s brutal mayhem into the heart of Europe, were designed to produce fear. Unfortunately, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, by equating refugees with terrorists, are pandering to it – and thus handing the extremists an ideal recruiting tool. READ MORE

  2. Europe’s Three Fault Lines

    Jean Pisani-Ferry

    Europe’s Three Fault Lines


     identifies the main internal weaknesses exposed by the EU's unprecedented external challenges.

    Dated European map

    Ten or 20 years ago, the existential question facing the EU was whether it still had a purpose in a globalized world. Today, the question is whether Europe can respond effectively to major external shocks. READ MORE

  3. The French Climate-Terror Connection

    Yuriko Koike

    The French Climate-Terror Connection


     points to a vicious cycle of environmental degradation, economic failure, and Islamic extremism.

    Model of Eiffel Tower

    The timing of the terrorist attacks in Paris, just a few weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference, might not have been entirely coincidental. After all, increasingly severe environmental conditions in much of the Middle East and the Sahel are helping to fuel Islamic extremism. READ MORE

  4. Europe’s Barbarians Inside the Gate

    Nouriel Roubini

    Europe’s Barbarians Inside the Gate


     argues that the main threat confronting the EU is its dearth of unity.

    European Union flag torn at edge

    For Europe, solidarity begins at home. That means supporting aggregate demand and pro-growth reforms to ensure a more resilient recovery of jobs and incomes – and thereby beating back the populists and nationalists currently gaining ground throughout the continent. READ MORE

  5. The Promise of China’s G-20 Presidency

    Andrew Sheng, ET AL

    The Promise of China’s G-20 Presidency

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    &  have high hopes for the country's ability to lay the groundwork for closer global cooperation.

    Flag of China

    Next year, the G-20 has an opportunity to show that it can deal effectively with global crises, from plummeting growth to transnational terrorism. With China – a country that has proved its willingness to put its money where its mouth is – at the helm, greater international cooperation and economic integration is certainly possible. READ MORE

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