The Big Picture

The Big Picture brings together 4-5 Project Syndicate commentaries not just on topics in the news, but also on the deeper issues driving the news. Thanks to the unique resources available to the world’s largest provider of original, high-quality commentary, with the Big Picture, readers quickly gain the insights of diverse, authoritative perspectives on critical global events and challenges. The Big Picture surrounds a topic – from unrest in Iran and US tax reform to green finance and the broader sustainability agenda – with curated presentations featuring the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners, policymakers, and statesmen, providing an immediate, yet comprehensive view of the day’s most urgent news and issues.

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Rob Johnson,
  2. George Soros,
  3. Lawrence H. Summers

The tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers has occasioned a new round soul-searching about the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. In this PS Counterpoint, Lawrence H. Summers rebuts the claims recently made by Rob Johnson and George Soros, who argued that the Obama administration should have gone further in pursuing mortgage-debt relief.

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    1. Anatole Kaletsky,
    2. Anne O. Krueger,
    3. Minxin Pei,
    4. Jeffrey D. Sachs

    With President Donald Trump's announcement of additional import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, the brewing economic dispute between the US and China has become a full-blown trade war. When and how will it end?

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    1. Stephanie Blankenburg,
    2. Sebastian Buckup,
    3. Jayati Ghosh,
    4. Richard Kozul-Wright,
    5. Dalia Marin,
    6. Pascal Salin,
    7. Simon Tilford

    Over the past few decades, a narrow cohort of multinational corporations has managed to secure as much influence as governments in determining how the global economy operates. The danger – a world with many losers, and only a few winners – should be obvious.

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    1. Howard Davies,
    2. Jeffrey Frankel,
    3. Harold James,
    4. Richard Kozul-Wright,
    5. Jim O'Neill,
    6. Carmen M. Reinhart

    The collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008, along with its aftermath, shook the global economy to its core, and forced policymakers and academics to ask why so few had seen it coming. But after a decade of recovery, has the complacency of the pre-crisis era returned?

  4. Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Joseph E. Stiglitz,
    2. Lawrence H. Summers

    With the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers approaching, the unresolved controversy surrounding the causes of, and responses to, the 2008 financial crisis has returned to the fore. Joseph Stiglitz and Lawrence Summers differ on whether the slow recovery was a strictly economic phenomenon, or evidence of a larger political failure; and Roger E.A. Farmer offers another way to think about the issue going forward.

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    1. Daniel Blitz,
    2. Benjamin J. Cohen,
    3. Robert Dugger,
    4. Martin Feldstein,
    5. Jeffrey Frankel,
    6. Kenneth Rogoff

    Come July 2019, the US economy will have undergone the longest recovery in its history. But there is reason to think that it may already be running on fumes.

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    1. Carl Bildt,
    2. Kent Harrington,
    3. Christopher R. Hill,
    4. Timur Kuran,
    5. Chris Patten,
    6. Dani Rodrik

    Around the world, populist and authoritarian leaders have managed to consolidate power, even in established democracies. But, as recent economic and political developments have shown, for many, uneasy is the head that wears the crown.

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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
    2. Richard N. Haass,
    3. Nina L. Khrushcheva,
    4. Jim O'Neill,
    5. Sinan Ülgen

    Since a failed coup attempt in the summer of 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has amassed unprecedented power. Yet, thanks to Erdogan’s incompetence, Turkey's future now seems to rest more with financial markets and other regional powers than with its strongman.

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    1. Tony Karon,
    2. Lenny Mendonca,
    3. Chris Patten,
    4. Bajinder Pal Singh,
    5. Laura Tyson

    When those in power refuse to defend the institutions of democracy, the task falls to ordinary citizens and the press. In the United States, journalists have proven more than willing to confront the challenge.

  9. Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Barry Eichengreen,
    2. Minxin Pei,
    3. Kevin Rudd,
    4. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos

    In this year alone, Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated his power for the long term and outlined a detailed vision for establishing China's global leadership in the twenty-first century. Will all roads in global politics soon lead to Beijing?

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    1. J. Bradford DeLong,
    2. Stefan Gerlach,
    3. Stephen S. Roach,
    4. Paola Subacchi,
    5. Linda Yueh

    Today’s uneven global recovery is confronting central bankers with unprecedented policy challenges. To maintain macroeconomic stability in the months and years ahead, they may need to reconsider some of their usual practices.

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    1. Shlomo Ben-Ami,
    2. Kent Harrington,
    3. Wolfgang Ischinger,
    4. Javier Solana

    The US president has given America's friends and foes alike plenty of reason to worry about their security and the need for credible deterrents. Has his diplomacy of disruption ushered in a new era of nuclear proliferation?

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    1. Shahid Javed Burki,
    2. Brahma Chellaney,
    3. Richard N. Haass,
    4. Nadeem ul Haque

    Pakistan’s incoming prime minister, Imran Khan, has promised a break from the past. And yet he may be coming to power just when his country’s history is catching up to it.

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