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Anti-Globalization Goes Global

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From America to Europe and beyond, populists like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, and Britain’s “Brexiteers” have been lifted by a wave of resentment against free-trade deals, immigration, and remote, supposedly out-of-touch elites. Can political leaders acknowledge and address the real shortcomings of a system that has lifted unprecedented numbers of people out of poverty, without pandering to economic quackery?

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  1. Globalization for Everyone
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    Globalization for Everyone

    Sep 19, 2016 Hernando de Soto proposes an entirely new approach to ensuring that the benefits of interconnectedness are shared.

  2. Taming the Populists
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    Taming the Populists

    Aug 18, 2016 Javier Solana calls on national leaders to address the economic grievances fueling support for populism.

  3. The Real Roots of Populism
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    The Real Roots of Populism

    Jul 28, 2016 Andrés Velasco questions the conventional wisdom blaming "neoliberalism" for the rise of menacing political forces.

  4. The Globalization Disconnect
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    The Globalization Disconnect

    Jul 25, 2016 Stephen S. Roach urges his fellow free-trade advocates to address the populist backlash head-on.

  5. Poor Leadership Makes Bad Globalization
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    Poor Leadership Makes Bad Globalization

    Jul 20, 2016 Jorge G. Castañeda says that policymakers don't care about victims of trade because they don't believe they have to.

  6. The Case for Constructive Populism
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    The Case for Constructive Populism

    Jul 20, 2016 Kemal Derviş rejects recent calls for "responsible nationalism" as a way to counter the likes of Donald Trump.

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    Is Trump Above the Law?

    Nancy Isenberg

    Contrary to what former US President Donald Trump would have the American public believe, no president enjoys absolute immunity from criminal prosecution. To suggest otherwise is to reject a bedrock principle of American democracy: the president is not a monarch.

    explains why the US Supreme Court must reject the former president's claim to immunity from prosecution.
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    Ukraine Is Far From Doomed

    Tatyana Deryugina & Anastassia Fedyk

    When comparing Ukraine’s situation in 2024 to Europe’s in 1941, Russia’s defeat seems entirely possible. But it will require the West, and the US in particular, to put aside domestic political squabbles and muster the political will to provide Ukraine with consistent and robust military and financial assistance.

    compare Russia's full-scale invasion to World War II and see reason to hope – as long as aid keeps flowing.
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    The Pandemic Financing Developing Countries Need

    Rachel Glennerster urges multilateral development banks to establish mechanisms that enable at-risk vaccine purchases.
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    The Geopolitics of Africa’s Debt Crisis

    Anne O. Krueger urges developed countries to back efforts by the IMF and the World Bank to promote growth-enhancing reforms.
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    Why the EU’s New Migration Pact Matters

    Ana Palacio applauds the pragmatic coalition-building, especially by Italy’s Giorgia Meloni, that enabled the deal.
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    AI Needs UN Oversight

    Peter G. Kirchschläger calls for the creation of a watchdog – similar to the IAEA – that employs a human rights-based approach.
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    The West Is Hastening Its Own Decline

    Brahma Chellaney argues that the unprecedented US and European sanctions against Russia are backfiring.
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    Canceling Palestine

    Slavoj Žižek worries that the double standards applied on Israel’s behalf will lead to an anti-Semitic backlash.
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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.

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