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Kevin Watkins

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Kevin Watkins, a former CEO of Save the Children UK, is a visiting professor at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa at the London School of Economics.

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  1. Food Sovereignty Increases Food Security
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    Food Sovereignty Increases Food Security

    Jul 21, 2023 Kevin Watkins urges African policymakers to transform the agriculture sector and rethink part of their development model.

  2. Schoolchildren Deserve Free Lunch
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    Schoolchildren Deserve Free Lunch

    Sep 2, 2022 Kevin Watkins shows why universal school-meal programs have become even more important for improving educational outcomes.

  3. Can the International Community Still Do Big Things?
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    Can the International Community Still Do Big Things?

    May 9, 2022 Kevin Watkins laments the failure to mobilize financing to address the developing world’s multiplying crises.

  4. End the Economic Blockade of Afghanistan
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    End the Economic Blockade of Afghanistan

    Jan 6, 2022 Kevin Watkins calls for an immediate resumption of international funding before crisis turns into catastrophe.

  5. Ending “Trickle-Down” Vaccine Economics
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    Ending “Trickle-Down” Vaccine Economics

    Sep 6, 2021 Kevin Watkins highlights three priorities that can make global vaccine distribution more equitable.

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    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
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    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.
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    The Fed Should Not Cut Interest Rates Yet

    Michael R. Strain argues that declaring victory over inflation, while tempting, would be to misread current economic conditions.
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    Preparing for a Future of Extreme Heat Waves

    Renzo R. Guinto urges political leaders to place resilience at the heart of housing, transport, and water policies.
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    Israel Is Enabling Iran’s War of Attrition

    Shlomo Ben-Ami thinks that Binyamin Netanyahu and his messianic allies are hastening the destruction of the Jewish state.
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    Unlocking IMF Reform

    Barry Eichengreen

    Sketching a reform agenda for the International Monetary Fund is easy; implementing reform is hard. It will require, among other things, the US to give up its veto in the institution, and China to assume more responsibility for global stability and the problems of other economies.

    writes that the key is a governance overhaul combined with a renewed focus on the Fund’s core mission.
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    The King of the Americans

    Steve Pincus observes that the US Supreme Court has given the president powers denied to English monarchs since James II.
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    Will Trump Benefit from the Attempt on His Life?

    Shang-Jin Wei draws parallels between the attack on Trump and the incident that swayed the 2004 Taiwanese election.
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    Fighting Climate Change Requires a Different Mindset

    Sonia Guajajara thinks the rest of the world can learn a lot from how indigenous peoples relate to nature.

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