Monday, August 21, 2017
  1. World Affairs

    The Wrong Way to Prevent Nuclear War

    Carl Bildt
    World Affairs

    The Wrong Way to Prevent Nuclear War

    13

     explains why a proposed treaty to ban nuclear weapons would be ineffective, or even dangerous.

    China's first nuclear missile Teh Eng Koon/Getty Images
    A vast majority of countries want to eliminate the existential threat of nuclear catastrophe by ushering in a world free of nuclear weapons altogether. But as the current effort to push through a flawed nuclear-ban treaty shows, some solutions to the problem of nuclear weapons could do more harm than good. READ MORE
  2. Culture & Society

    Are Nazis as American as Apple Pie?

    James Q. Whitman
    Culture & Society

    Are Nazis as American as Apple Pie?

    21

     says the real threat to democracy is not extremists so much as the institutions that enable them.

    Members of the National Socialist Movement  in Washington David Holloway/Getty Images
    Notwithstanding recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, any sober observer can see that the United States is still a long way from the fevered atmosphere of Germany in 1933. But just because US institutions are holding up does not mean that they can't be put in the service of vicious political programs. READ MORE
  3. Economics

    The Lost Lesson of the Financial Crisis

    Mohamed A. El-Erian
    Economics

    The Lost Lesson of the Financial Crisis

    51

     argues that advanced economies still haven't done enough to fix their flawed growth models.

    A man walks past BNP Paribas bank Fred Dufour/Getty Images
    When the global financial crisis began ten years ago this month, policymakers in advanced economies treated it as a cyclical shock rather than an epochal event. Because they misdiagnosed the sickness, they administered the wrong medicine, and advanced economies have struggled to achieve strong, inclusive growth ever since. READ MORE
  4. World Affairs

    The Guardian of the Liberal World Order

    Ana Palacio
    World Affairs

    The Guardian of the Liberal World Order

    29

     explains why the duty to defend the Western-led rules-based system falls squarely on Europe.

    Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution China photos/Getty Images
    The global financial crisis, which began ten years ago this month, showed that the Western-led rules-based international order’s long-term survival is not inevitable. Should that system collapse, nobody stands to lose more than Europe, which has long thrived on cooperation, and suffered under competition. READ MORE
  5. Global Health & Development

    Engineering Better Refugee Health Care

    Muhammad Hamid Zaman
    Global Health & Development

    Engineering Better Refugee Health Care

    1

     shows how technological and logistical expertise can improve medical care for displaced people.

    Harsh conditions in a refugee camp Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
    Although governments and humanitarian-aid groups have made efforts to provide basic health care to refugees, they have struggled to ensure that such care is delivered reliably. Biomedical engineers have an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to bring their expertise to bear on this problem. READ MORE

Video

How Long Can the Eurozone Survive Without Greater Integration?

Kenneth Rogoff examines the long-term prospects for Europe’s single-currency.

Follow Project Syndicate contributors

Register on our site and you can follow your favorite authors and receive email notifications whenever they publish new commentaries.

Follow your first author

The global debate fostered by Project Syndicate is made possible, in part, by support from:

The Middle East Exchange. Building Hope by Sharing Knowledge. - Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives  - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation