Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The World in Words

Although terms like “globalization” are invoked regularly by political leaders, public discussion about their meaning and the values they imply is mostly unsystematic and uncoordinated. Countries with common interests and concerns too often talk past each other.

That need not be so. Project Syndicate’s weekly The World in Words commentaries inform general audiences around the world of the best and most influential ideas in politics, economics, and society. They establish a vehicle for broadening debate and exchanging ideas between East and West, North and South. They offer a unique framework within which newspapers can provide their readers with a deeper understanding of current developments in their own as well as distant societies.

Project Syndicate’s weekly commentaries are written by some of the most distinguished commentators, statesmen, and academics from around the world. Among the contributors have been former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, French minister of finance Christine Lagarde; Nobel laureates Gary Becker and P.K. Pachauri, financier George Soros; and strategic thinkers such as Germany’s Christoph Bertram, France’s Gilles Andréani, former Vice Admiral of Japan’s Defense Forces, Hideaki Kaneda, and the Egyptian dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim.

The topics covered in The World in Words reflect the tumult of our times, and are as eclectic as the authors invited to contribute. From Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul on his country’s transformation to US Senator John F. Kerry on intervention in Libya; from actor and activist George Clooney on Sudan to former Philippines President Fidel V. Ramos on Asian security; and from Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on the economics of Africa’s transformation to EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso on the EU after the financial crisis: The World in Words provides a unique and essential perspective on human affairs.

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