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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
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    Will Boeing Crash Shareholder Value?

    Katharina Pistor

    Boeing’s self-inflicted woes hold broader lessons for contemporary corporate governance. Once again, we see how the misguided idea of shareholder value can serve powerful financial interests while destroying what business organizations are best at and leaving many other stakeholders – customers, suppliers, and employees – worse off.

    sees the troubled company as a textbook example of a broader problem afflicting corporate governance.
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.
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    How to Govern the Bretton Woods Institutions Better

    Brahima Coulibaly, et al. propose six ways to boost the legitimacy and efficacy of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    A New Engine for Human Learning and Growth

    Shruti Rajagopalan explains what AI could do for India and many other countries in the Global South.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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  1. The World Is Still on Fire
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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Apr 15, 2024 Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.

  2. Israel Must End the Gaza War
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Apr 15, 2024 Dennis Ross thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.

  3. A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery
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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Apr 12, 2024 Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.

  4. Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Apr 12, 2024 Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”

  5. Can China Get Out of Its Rut?
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    Apr 12, 2024 PS Commentators assess what it will take to improve the country’s economic prospects.

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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    Is Techno-Monopoly Inevitable?

    William H. Janeway assesses a new theory of “technological market power” and its effects on the modern economy.
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    Joseph S. Nye, Jr., on nuclear risk, American hubris, great-power competition, and more

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. calls for restoring the credibility of the US nuclear umbrella, highlights the role of nongovernmental agencies in international relations, worries that the US will play its cards poorly vis-à-vis China, and more.
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    The Struggle for Currency Supremacy

    Paolo Tasca expects that digital assets will accelerate efforts to create alternatives to the US dollar.
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    The Indian Giant Has Arrived

    Mohamed A. El-Erian & Michael Spence consider the risks and challenges associated with the country's rapidly expanding global footprint.
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    Angela Huyue Zhang on Chinese innovation, regulation, AI, and more

    Angela Huyue Zhang warns that China’s lax approach to regulating artificial intelligence could lead to a crisis, highlights the impact of the market’s deep-seated mistrust of the Chinese legal system, considers how Western regulatory trends influence China, and more.

“It is better to ask forgiveness than permission” has been the mantra of the digital revolution so far, and one should not expect that to change with artificial intelligence. For those already in a position to dominate this potentially groundbreaking sector, the opportunities are too enticing to miss.

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    Taxing Polluters Is the Key to Climate Justice

    Laurence Tubiana makes the case for new levies to finance green investments in developing countries.
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    Solar Geoengineering Is a Dangerous Distraction

    Yacob Mulugetta, et al. urge the international community to heed African countries’ warnings about speculative climate fixes.
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    China Doubles Down on Green Tech and the Energy Transition

    Stuart P.M. Mackintosh explains why the West should welcome the country’s decision to ramp up spending on clean-energy projects.

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  1. Eswar Prasad, et al. A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery
  2. Peter Doyle Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise
  3. Brahima Coulibaly, et al. How to Govern the Bretton Woods Institutions Better
  4. Katharina Pistor Will Boeing Crash Shareholder Value?

  1. Stephen S. Roach China Stifles Its Own Debate
  2. Shlomo Ben-Ami Europe’s War Jitters
  3. Sławomir Sierakowski Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots
  4. Mu Sochua The Threat Posed by Cambodia’s New Strongman

  1. Iván Duque Márquez How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab
  2. Michael R. Bloomberg What Can Stop the Shortening of American Lives?
  3. Jane Kabubo-Mariara Africa’s Prosperity Depends on Achieving Gender Equality
  4. Mariana Mazzucato How to Save the Pandemic Treaty

  1. Laurence Tubiana Taxing Polluters Is the Key to Climate Justice
  2. Ricardo Hausmann The Bioeconomy Will Not Save the Amazon
  3. Yacob Mulugetta, et al. Solar Geoengineering Is a Dangerous Distraction
  4. Stuart P.M. Mackintosh China Doubles Down on Green Tech and the Energy Transition

  1. Amar Bhidé The Boring Truth About AI
  2. Daron Acemoglu Are We Ready for AI Creative Destruction?
  3. Antara Haldar Can AI Learn to Obey the Law?
  4. Andrew Sheng, et al. China Needs a Better Innovation Ecosystem

  1. Peter Singer Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?
  2. Eric Posner The Future of Work in the AI Era
  3. Slavoj Žižek No Barbarism Without Poetry
  4. Ian Buruma The Case for Israel Remains Valid

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

  1. Peter Doyle Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise
  2. Adekeye Adebajo Ending Congo’s Forever War
  3. Hippolyte Fofack The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

  1. Natalie Dunleavy Campbell, et al. The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet
  2. Mark Esposito, et al. The Threat of Persuasive AI
  3. Karina Montoya The Google Trial’s Dangerous Secrecy

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

  1. Mariana Mazzucato How to Save the Pandemic Treaty
  2. Helen Clark, et al. Delivering the Pandemic Accord the World Needs
  3. Gordon Brown Empowering the Pandemic Accord