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    The Coming Trump Tariffs

    The US Commerce Department has invoked national security concerns to justify a range of proposed protectionist measures against China and others. 

    Is President Donald Trump's “America First” agenda, largely rhetorical until now, about to trigger a trade war?

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    The Irresponsible ECB

    Ultra-loose monetary policy stopped being appropriate long ago, and is especially inadvisable now, with the global economy – especially the developed world – experiencing an increasingly strong recovery. As recent stock-market turbulence shows, refusal to normalize policy faster is drastically increasing the risks to financial stability.

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    What Does the US Want in Syria?

    After seven years of bloodshed across shifting battlefronts, the conflict in Syria has become so complicated that a workable resolution seems all but impossible anytime soon. And the United States' failure to define its long-term interests in the country and the region is not making matters any easier.


    The AI Debate We Need

    • Rapid advances in artificial intelligence and related technologies have contributed to fears of widespread job losses and social disruptions in the coming years, giving a sense of urgency to debates about the future of work. 

    • But such discussions, though surely worth having, only scratch the surface of what an AI society might look like.
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    Democracy Fights Back

    The indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 US election through social media and other channels comes amid reports that Rick Gates, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, may soon accept a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Perhaps the most important lesson is that elections are only one of many institutions needed to sustain liberal-democratic systems.

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    How IT Threatens Democracy

    Social media could be just the start of a slippery slope leading to an Orwellian world controlled by Big Data Brother, accelerated by convergence with the sensors in our devices and rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Some authoritarian regimes are already marshaling these developments to exercise control on an unprecedented scale.

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    Preventing Nuclear Conflict in Europe

    In the Euro-Atlantic region today, the risks of a fateful error leading to nuclear conflict are compounded by heightened tensions between NATO and Russia – and little communication between military and political leaders. In the absence of some positive initiative, we will continue to drift toward danger.

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    Three Keys to a New South Africa

    After nearly a decade of Jacob Zuma's misrule, South Africans are eager for a leader who can reverse their country's political and economic fortunes. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa may have the mandate to do so, but delivering change will require urgent measures to boost economic growth in the short term and long-term potential output.

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    India’s Choice in the Maldives

    As the political situation in the Maldives deteriorates, peace and security in the Indian Ocean is increasingly in jeopardy. With China seeking to capitalize on its support for the authoritarian president, Abdulla Yameen, to expand its influence in the region, the crisis has become a defining moment for India.

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    In Search of a Global Refugee Strategy

    When leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean gather in Brazil this month to discuss solutions to the global refugee crisis, the rest of the world should pay attention. With a legacy of opening doors to the displaced, and aiding in their resettlement, the region's approach should inspire a more unified and humane global strategy.


Opinion that Moves


How Hungry Is the Bear?

The sell-off in US stock markets is starting to give the rest of the world the jitters. 

If investors are finally beginning to accept what economists ha… read more


The Winter Olympic Diplomatic Games

The show that really matters in Pyegonchang is the peninsular dance between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. 

Could the North’s surpr… 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