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  • In 2021, governments around the world united behind the exhortation to “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis. But sloganeering will offer little respite for a world that has only just begun to reckon with the systemic challenges posed by recrudescent nationalism, rising debt levels, cyber warfare, new technologies, and other distinctly twenty-first-century challenges.

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      The Year of Results

      Abhijit Banerjee & Cheyenne Olivier dwell on a new source of collective anxiety, and on what it says about today's political leaders.
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      America's Struggle at Home

      Jeffrey D. Sachs explains why the social and political outlook for the coming years is fraught with peril.
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      America's Killer Capitalism

      Anne Case & Angus Deaton show that there are no excuses for the declining prospects among less-educated cohorts.
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      Europe's Time to Shine

      Laurence Tubiana considers the domestic obstacles the European Union will face in its bid for global climate leadership.
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      Germany's Post-Merkel Checklist

      Helmut K. Anheier & Edward L. Knudsen explain why the country's new leadership must change everything in order to keep things the same.
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      To Democracy and Back in Southeast Asia

      Anwar Ibrahim argues that the poor will suffer most from the return of authoritarianism in the region.
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      Asia's Regional Threats

      Shivshankar Menon considers the myriad security risks that the region will have to confront over the next year.
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      Shinzo Abe’s Asia-Pacific

      Minxin Pei shows how the former Japanese prime minister’s strategy for dealing with China continues to shape the region.
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      Brazil's Besieged Democracy

      Camila Villard Duran warns that President Jair Bolsonaro's failures are obscuring his success in restoring the military to power.
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      The Middle East's Backwater Blues

      Marwan Muasher notes that while the region is undergoing rapid change, misgovernance remains a defining problem.
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      Post-Peak China

      Chris Patten worries that mounting existential problems could make President Xi Jinping's regime even more dangerous.
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      Preventing a US-China Nuclear Arms Race

      Kevin Rudd proposes confidence-building measures to forestall a dangerous Cold War-style escalation.

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