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  1. owhite5_Oliver Llaneza HesseConstruction PhotographyAvalonGetty Images_coppermine Oliver Llaneza Hesse/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images

    Reimagining Our Global Connections

    Olivia White & Jonathan Woetzel show that retreating from global interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary.
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    Make COP27 a Turning Point for Food Systems

    Naoko Ishii & Joshua Omonuk list four priority areas that world leaders must address to achieve more sustainable, resilient agriculture.
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    Who Pays for Climate Change?

    Gernot Wagner sees voluntary carbon credits as only a partial answer to one of the biggest questions facing policymakers.
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    Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer

    Antony Froggatt shares new findings showing that the technology can no longer compete with renewable-energy options.
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    Fairer Green Finance

    Hippolyte Fofack explains how to channel investment in climate-resilient infrastructure to where it is needed most.
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    An Antidote to Climate Despair

    Owen Gaffney, et al. argue that optimism about humanity's potential is an essential tool for addressing existential threats.
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    Clean Power Is the First Domino

    Damilola Ogunbiyi, et al. urge world leaders to focus on full electricity-grid decarbonization to unlock climate progress elsewhere.
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    COP27 Is About Africa and Action

    Tony Blair urges developed and developing countries to forge a new climate-change consensus based on three pillars.
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    It’s the Energy System, Stupid

    Vanessa Nakate & Rachel Kyte trace the defining global crises of 2022 to the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.

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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.
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    A Missed Opportunity in Bali

    Stephen S. Roach

    The summit between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was, at best, a public-relations effort to provide a brief respite in the ominous progression of conflict escalation. But there was no substance, no strategy, and no path to de-escalation.

    explains why the Biden-Xi summit yielded little more than lofty rhetoric – and proposes a new approach.
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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.

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