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    The Survival of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

    Sławomir Sierakowski

    Following parliamentary elections in Poland and local elections in Hungary, populist autocrats in both countries remain in power, where they will continue to undermine democratic institutions. Even so, relative victories for opposition forces in both countries show that the region's "illiberal democrats" are not unbeatable.

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    India’s Modi Slowdown

    Shashi Tharoor

    After Prime Minister Narendra Modi was overwhelmingly re-elected in May with an even larger majority for his party, many economists expected him to take bold steps to remove the many bottlenecks that have discouraged investors. But no one should believe the Modi government has the ability or the will to fix what it broke.

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    Will Trump Be Removed from Office?

    Elizabeth Drew

    Assuming the US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump, the fact remains that there are far fewer votes in the Senate than will be needed to convict him and remove him from office. But the willingness of Congress – including the Senate – to continue tolerating his dangerous conduct is now truly in question.

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    Women and the World Economy

    Sep 24, 2013 Christine Lagarde

    To commemorate its founding 25 years ago, PS is republishing a selection of commentaries written since 1994.

    In the following commentary, Christine Lagarde argued that progress on increasing women’s access to labor markets – not just to high-powered positions – has stalled.

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No Game in Town?

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  1. Roger E.A. Farmer Roger E.A. Farmer ,
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  8. Lawrence H. Summers Lawrence H. Summers

Ever since advanced economies renounced fiscal stimulus in favor of austerity following the 2008 financial crisis, central banks have been the sole guardians of growth and macroeconomic stability. But now they are running out of firepower – as well as ideas.

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To Russia With Love

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  1. Carl Bildt,
  2. Elena Chernenko,
  3. Joschka Fischer,
  4. Alexander Gabuev,
  5. Mark Leonard,
  6. Dominique Moisi,
  7. Ana Palacio

French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a new round of diplomacy with the Kremlin after years of a deep freeze caused by Russia’s actions in Ukraine. With new leadership in both the European Union and Ukraine, is Russia ready to come back in from the cold?

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A Climate Silver Bullet?

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  1. David Keith,
  2. Ban Ki-moon,
  3. François Martel,
  4. Karin Nansen,
  5. Silvia Ribeiro,
  6. Barbara Unmüßig

Many believe that cutting greenhouse-gas emissions won’t happen fast enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. But can we really engineer our way out of existential trouble, or is global warming an irreducibly political challenge requiring far-reaching social and economic change?

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The War on Education

May 12, 2014 Gordon Brown

To commemorate its founding 25 years ago, PS is republishing a selection of commentaries written since 1994. 

In the following commentary, Gordon Brown illuminated the savage – and global – war being waged against the fundamental right of all children to an education.




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Solutions for Sustainable Development

Efforts to combat climate change through sustainable development are as complex as they are important for the future of humanity. With US President Donald T… read more

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The Future of Europe

After the election of President Emmanuel Macron in France and the return of a centrist grand coalition government in Germany, many hoped that the Franco-German ax… read more

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Trump, Trade, and China

The biggest cloud hanging over the world economy is the incipient trade war with China launched by US President Donald Trump. But with America’s closes… read more

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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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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

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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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