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Trump’s Middle East Meltdown

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As many observers grimly predicted, US President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in northern Syria has set off a chain of events that no one seems able to control. Both Syria and the wider Middle East are now up for grabs.

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    Global Africa?

    By the end of the century, Africa will be home to 40% of humanity, as well as many of the fastest-growing megacities in the world. But can the continent become a source of strength and stability within the world economy?

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    No Game in Town?

    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. 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 Economists’ New Clothes?

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    1. Mark Cliffe,
    2. Diane Coyle,
    3. Ricardo Hausmann,
    4. Robert Skidelsky

    Financial investors like to say that when the tide goes out, one discovers who has been swimming naked. And a decade after the deepest financial crisis in nearly 80 years triggered the Great Recession, journalists, policymakers, and other academics are still pointing fingers at the economics profession.

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    A Very Boris Coup

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    1. Anatole Kaletsky,
    2. Nina L. Khrushcheva,
    3. Philippe Legrain,
    4. Chris Patten,
    5. Guy Verhofstadt

    Throwing both caution and democratic norms to the wind, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has moved to block any parliamentary challenge to his Brexit agenda. Regardless of whether the country suffers a “hard” Brexit, its politics may already have been irreparably damaged.

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    Trump’s Economy

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    1. Robert J. Barro,
    2. Lenny Mendonca,
    3. Jim O'Neill,
    4. Nouriel Roubini,
    5. Joseph E. Stiglitz,
    6. Laura Tyson

    With no end in sight for US President Donald Trump’s trade war, market jitters about a possible global recession are increasing. And, having blown up the federal budget deficit and pressured the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates, the next downturn, when it comes, is likely to be long and deep.

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    What Is Inequality?

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    1. Angus Deaton,
    2. Jayati Ghosh,
    3. Ricardo Hausmann,
    4. Harold James,
    5. Mahmoud Mohieldin,
    6. Michael Spence,
    7. Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

    The rubric of inequality contains multitudes, from disparities in material means to those affecting access to opportunities and outcomes both between and within countries. Given that all inequalities were not created equal, the challenge for egalitarians is to decide which ones really matter.

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    Time to Bite the Bullet in Syria

    Carl Bildt

    US President Donald Trump's impulsive decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria and allow Turkey to launch a military campaign against the Kurds there has proved utterly disastrous. But a crisis was already inevitable, given the realities on the ground and the absence of a coherent US or Western policy in Syria.

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