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    Saudi Arabia’s Impatient Young Man

    Since his sudden elevation to crown prince and heir apparent to his father, 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman has set about reforming the economy, purging his rivals, and asserting Saudi influence abroad. But is Prince Mohammed’s modernization drive and increasingly open confrontation with Iran unleashing forces that will undermine him, and the Kingdom?

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    Capitalizing on Climate Unity

    President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States – the world’s largest historical carbon dioxide emitter – from the Paris agreement dealt the accord a major blow. But it is hard not to take heart from the resolve Trump’s decision has unleashed, both globally and within the US itself.

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    Red Scares, Then and Now

    • Russia’s interference in American and European elections constitutes a serious offense. 

    • But by treating Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies as an existential threat, Western leaders are playing directly into the Kremlin’s hands, and validating its false narrative about Russia’s place in the world.
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    Saving Somalia Through Debt Relief

    Somalia needs humanitarian aid to stem its short-term suffering, but that cash will not break the country's deadly cycles of drought, hunger, and poverty. To do that, the IMF must forgive Somalia's crushing debt, just as it has for nearly every other heavily indebted poor country.

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    The Arms Race in Cyberspace

    A rash of hacks, leaks, and ransomware attacks by Russia, North Korea, and other hostile governments have raised the alarm in Western capitals – not least because many of the attacks exploit digital weapons developed by Western governments themselves. How can the world be prevented from sleepwalking toward cyber warfare?

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Toxic Social Media

Evidence that Russia has used social media to spread fake news is emerging in Britain and Europe, in addition to the United States. Writers for Project Syndi… read more

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Mugabe Goes At Last

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has finally lost his grip on power, expected to be replaced after a military coup by the deputy he sacked, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe’s 3… read more

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Future Cities

Half of the world’s population live in cities, and that share is growing rapidly. How can cities expand, maintain services and communities, and be envi… read more

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The African Century

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W… read more

Press Released

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility by US President Donald Trump, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey, a… read more

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Education: The Brain Gain

Education does not benefit only its recipients; it has a profound impact on national economic outcomes. Poor educational performance may be a determin… read more