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China’s Hong Kong Gamble

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The Chinese government’s decision to impose a draconian new security law on the city has sparked a fresh wave of local protests and triggered hostile reactions around the world. The measure will have dramatic consequences for Hong Kong and its people – but potentially for China’s communist regime, too.

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    Green Today, Gone Tomorrow?

    The COVID-19 crisis represents an unexpected opportunity to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable and resilient economy. But as societies start to emerge from the pandemic, will the temptation to return to business as usual prove too great?

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    Which Exit?

    Some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 are slowly starting to emerge from lengthy lockdowns as their infection rates decline. But how can governments restart the economy while protecting public health?

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    The China Blame Game

    The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the war of words between China and the United States, with each side blaming the other for the crisis. Just when international cooperation is arguably more necessary than ever, the world’s two leading powers are making it impossible.

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    Multilateral Medicine

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    1. Gordon Brown,
    2. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    3. Ian Goldin,
    4. Arancha González,
    5. Robert Muggah,
    6. Carmen M. Reinhart,
    7. Kenneth Rogoff,
    8. Lawrence H. Summers,
    9. Chema Vera

    Global cooperation has come under heavy fire from nationalists and populists in recent years. But coordinated international action is essential to combating the COVID-19 pandemic – and other pressing global problems, too.

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    Will Europe Lead or Lag?

    In the absence of a strong, coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the job of leading the world out of the crisis remains vacant. Should the European Union, seeking to position itself as a diplomatic superpower between the hard powers of China and America, nominate itself for the position?

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    The Post-Pandemic World

    As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens, many fear that it will not only exact a terrible human and economic toll, but also that it will deepen today’s crisis of globalization and global governance. But the pandemic might yet shake up international politics for the better.

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    The Great Contagion

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    1. Arkebe Oqubay,
    2. Anders Åslund

    The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 crisis is confronting the global economy with its biggest test since 2008. But with mechanisms of international coordination having been weakened by populist politics in recent years, will policymakers be able to mount an aggressive and effective response?

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    Globalizing the Fight Against the Pandemic

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada & Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    As a global problem that will remain a threat everywhere as long as it is still present anywhere, the novel coronavirus demands a collective and collaborative response. With a new COVID-19 Technology Access Pool to share data and intellectual property, all countries and companies now have a chance to become a part of the solution.

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  2. Hong Kong protests Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

    China’s Hong Kong Gamble

    The Chinese government’s decision to impose a draconian new security law on the city has sparked a fresh wave of local protests and triggered hostile reactions around the world. The measure will have dramatic consequences for Hong Kong and its people – but potentially for China’s communist regime, too.

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    The Art of AI

    Project Syndicate interviews

    As the world enters a new decade, research and development into artificial intelligence is barreling forward. Although popular narratives tend to focus on the threats posed by AI, the truth is that many of the technology's dangers have been overhyped, and its promises neglected.

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