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  1. matola2_Per-Anders PetterssonGetty Images_malawi cooking Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

    Clean Cooking Advances Women’s Empowerment

    Rachel Ruto outlines a gender-based strategy for improving energy access and reducing air pollution in Africa.
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    How to Close the Gender Wage Gap

    Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir argues that Iceland’s experience lends further support to Nobel laureate economist Claudia Goldin’s research.
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    When Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic?

    Peter Singer rejects comparisons of the recent US campus protests to the actions of Nazi student groups in the 1930s.
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    The Privileged Gaza Protesters

    Ian Buruma argues that fear of losing rank could be driving students to demonstrate their intersectional bona fides.
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    What TikTok Got Wrong About America

    Nancy Qian thinks the company sealed its fate by aggressively interfering in the US political process.
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    Our Freedoms Depend on Press Freedom

    Jodie Ginsberg warns that the increased targeting of journalists and the media is a key indicator of democratic erosion.
  8. brosda1_Matt CardyGetty Images_social media news Matt Cardy/Getty Images

    Must Democratizing the Media Be Bad for Democracy?

    Carsten Brosda proposes a strategy to defend the digital public square against manipulation and algorithmic distortion.
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    How to Rebuild Trust in Public Institutions

    Eleanor Carter & Carolyn J. Heinrich highlight the value of face-to-face interactions at a time when governments are phasing out in-person services.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
  4. chellaney175_ Kiyoshi Ota  PoolAnadolu Agency via Getty Images_QUAD Kiyoshi Ota / Pool/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.

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